Feline Hair Loss

Stress or anxiety may cause a cat to overgroom, but other medical conditions should be ruled out first.

By J. Veronika Kiklevich, DVM | Posted: Fri May 13 00:00:00 PDT 2005

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Once a diagnosis of FPA is made, then treatment consists of a program of counter-conditioning and desensitization for behavior modification. Because pets with compulsive disorders are likely to have alterations in neurotransmitters or their receptors, drug therapy may be an important therapeutic consideration in addition to behavioral modification. Most owners would simply like us, as veterinarians, to give a pill to their pet that will simply make the behavior go away. Unfortunately there is no magic medication for such issues. I suggest contacting a veterinarian that is board certified in behavioral problems to guide you through a behavioral modification program unless your veterinarian finds another cause for your cat's behavior.

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Ginny    Clifton Park, NY

11/19/2012 2:01:12 PM

My cat has this problem and has been given Cortisone shots.

Janet    Bethlehem, PA

7/26/2012 7:57:20 AM

good article, thanks

ME    Ewing, NJ

11/24/2009 6:41:24 PM

My neighbor's 8 yr old cat has this issue. All he has considered is parasites (fleas) but I am convinced he has an allergic reaction. This article encourages me to have him pursue other options.

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