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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Moss has always pulled his own fur out and it didn't seem such an issue before but just recently he's been pulling more and more out and now, this morning, I've noticed he's starting to get a few bald patches. He's free to come and go as he pleases so I don't think it's boredom. He eats Purina Gourmet and has Hill Science Plan for Sensitive Skin.
post #2 of 25
Linsey has Moss had a check up for it?!
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
No because it's never really been an issue before, he's always done it It's just now he's started with not exactly bald patches, but his fur is a little thiner in places. He will not tolerate being brushed at all.
post #4 of 25
It might be worth taking Moss to see the vet then just incase he can prescribe a powder or something else for him?!.
post #5 of 25
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Yes Susan, I think I will. I just wondered if anyone else had had this happen to them... He doesn't appear to be scratching anymore than usual and I Frontline him once a month all year round. I also wormed him last month and he seems generally happy in himself.
post #6 of 25
I wondered about fleas but knew that you would automatically do Moss

Linsey i've just done a search in the health forum and there was a similar thread and the cat was stressed?!
post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
I wondered about fleas but knew that you would automatically do Moss
I'll get hubby to check him over tonight and see what he thinks. Moss is actually due to be Frontlined tonight so I'll get him to double check his fur. My Step Mum said it could be that he's moulting and his fur isn't coming out easily, causing him to want to pull it out with his mouth. We do have the heating on practically all the time now and the flat is very warm. I'm really going to have to see about finding ways to brush him....
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by rosiemac
Linsey i've just done a search in the health forum and there was a similar thread and the cat was stressed?!
Oh gosh I hope he's not. We have been have intruders again
post #9 of 25
Rosie was never one to be brushed until i bought a proper grooming brush and she loves it now.

Before that though i used to have to give her a couple of treats with one hand and brush her with the other

Sophie doesn't like it much because she trys to grab the brush off me
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Shem
Oh gosh I hope he's not. We have been have intruders again
Really!, it's a thought, especially if Moss is timid
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by rosiemac
Really!, it's a thought, especially if Moss is timid
Aye, one came in today when I was actually in and another (Moss' 'best friend') came running out when I opened the front door the other week I really hope it's not that But then, I don't want him to be poorly either
post #12 of 25
Oh do you mean kitty intruders?!. I thought for a moment there a burgler tried to get in!

Numpty that i am
post #13 of 25
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rosiemac
Oh do you mean kitty intruders?!. I thought for a moment there a burgler tried to get in!

Numpty that i am
Aye, kitty intruders
post #14 of 25
Awwww, Lynsey! I just saw this! I hope that Moss is just helping himself moult and it's not stress related!

Let us know what you find out and how the double check goes!
post #15 of 25
My cat sarah was doing the exact same thing, to the point she had bald spots on her back. I took her to the vet, and she had no fleas, or ringworm, so it turned out it was just allergies. she was given a steriod shot, and put on antibiotics. last week I noticed she was doing it again, and her fur had just grown back in, so she went back to the vet for another shot, and a new medication that is supposed to keep her from pulling it once the shot wears off. the shot only lasts about three weeks.
post #16 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by rosiemac
Oh do you mean kitty intruders?!. I thought for a moment there a burgler tried to get in!

Numpty that i am
you both are funny,especially the one part where you thought intruders were coming in. and she was meaning flea intruders
sounds cute how you said that.

I hope your kitty is better now
post #17 of 25
When we adopted Abby, her back had a long shaved strip down it. No one could tell us why. As it grew in, she started to pull it out. When we first brought her to the vet, she was checked for fleas. She didn't have any. She had a flea treatment at the shelter. We were given an allergy medication to give her for a few weeks as well as an oil supplement to put in her food. That did seem to help a bit.

At the suggestion of a few members here, I tried some different foods. That also seemed to help.

Our first weekend away, we came back to a cat that hadn't eaten and had ripped big patches of fur out.

Abby rips fur out when given certain foods, or she is stressed. She had been doing great for months, but after our last vet visit, she ripped out more fur than I have ever seen her do before. I bought a Feliway diffuser and that seems to have helped.

It would probably be a good idea to bring him to the vet. Some cats also pull fur when they are in pain.
post #18 of 25
did you check out this posting for pulling fur.
I did not even know cats are known to pull out their fur
wow. awful it sounds like.

have you seen these:

http://www.vetinfo.com/cathair.html

http://www.grandtimes.com/catsecrets.html

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/knowyourcat.html
post #19 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by AbbysMom
When we adopted Abby, her back had a long shaved strip down it. No one could tell us why. As it grew in, she started to pull it out. When we first brought her to the vet, she was checked for fleas. She didn't have any. She had a flea treatment at the shelter. We were given an allergy medication to give her for a few weeks as well as an oil supplement to put in her food. That did seem to help a bit.

At the suggestion of a few members here, I tried some different foods. That also seemed to help.

Our first weekend away, we came back to a cat that hadn't eaten and had ripped big patches of fur out.

Abby rips fur out when given certain foods, or she is stressed. She had been doing great for months, but after our last vet visit, she ripped out more fur than I have ever seen her do before. I bought a Feliway diffuser and that seems to have helped.

It would probably be a good idea to bring him to the vet. Some cats also pull fur when they are in pain.
I never even knew cats did that. I am so sorry to hear that sweety.
well if I ever see my cat do that,I will know.
I am greatful of the tips I get on here.
I love the trips I get on here.
god bless you all
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by animaluvr35
you both are funny,especially the one part where you thought intruders were coming in. and she was meaning flea intruders
sounds cute how you said that.

I hope your kitty is better now

I was meaning other cat intruders

Moss does seem fine today. I think when I thought I so those thinning patches yesterday, it was just how his fur was laying. I've just been playing with him and had a look, I can't see any now he's walking around. Hubby checked him over last night and couldn't see any either. I think it is moulting related He's obviously much more lathargic when the heating is on and I now think that's what's making him pull his fur as we do have the flat very warm. Like now, the heating hasn't been on over night, it's very cool and he's charging about like a mad thing and not pulling his fur and looking at him again, I can't see any bald or thin patches. I will be keeping a very close eye on him though

Thank you everyone for your help and advice.
post #21 of 25
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by animaluvr35
did you check out this posting for pulling fur.
I did not even know cats are known to pull out their fur
wow. awful it sounds like.

have you seen these:

http://www.vetinfo.com/cathair.html

http://www.grandtimes.com/catsecrets.html

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/knowyourcat.html
Thank you for the links
post #22 of 25
Oh, silly Moss!!

So glad that he's okay - he must have been tricking you as he knew it was deflea day!
post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sar
Oh, silly Moss!!

So glad that he's okay - he must have been tricking you as he knew it was deflea day!
I also think it was a case of me being an over protective mother hen!!
post #24 of 25
Quote:
Originally Posted by Shem
I also think it was a case of me being an over protective mother hen!!
Who can blame you - I think we're all like that with our babies!

I'm so glad he's okay though!!
post #25 of 25
My cat was pulling his hair out on his back and was left w/ a horrible scab. When we took him to the vet, we were told that he was doing this b/c of stress and lonliness. At that time we were in the transistion of moving and working in another city so we'd only see him once or twice a week. Poor guy was so stressed and lonely he was pulling his hair out. If only i'd known!

So in this case it could be stress if you are not leaving him alone for extended amounts of time.
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