Cat pulling out her hair!
My two year old, long haired grey cat (approximately 7 pounds) has been
pulling out her hair for about three months. This all occurred after
getting her three year rabies shot. It was determined that the shot was
probably not the cause but it was probably what triggered the pulling.
Her skin in fine, not inflamed or red. The vet has ruled out almost
everything. We have another cat and he is just fine. It is probably
psychogenic alopecia but we have not ruled out hormonal disorders etc.
We felt that it was a lot of money to spend when she has every symptoms
of psychogenic alopecia. We tried a cone for two two week
periods, and that did not work. We have been doing environmental
enrichment, to no avail. There are absolutely no stressors that we can
find or think of causing this. She is perfectly healthy outside of the
hair pulling. She is active, happy and acting completely normal. We also
have a basset hound, but all three animals love each other and sleep
together- I highly doubt that as a stressor. We are looking for
advice on what to do. We live in the midwest so maybe it is the dry air?
We are hoping to hear from someone who has dealt with this before for
any suggestions. We understand it could be hormonal or something bigger
but without testing we don't know, but as I said before she is acting
perfectly fine besides the pulling. The other cat (her brother) is
completely healthy as well, ruling out any disorders or diseases that
would affect all cats in the household. Any help is appreciated!!
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