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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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My cat, 11y/o female,12-13 pounds short hair domestic, is in

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My cat, 11y/o female,12-13 pounds white short hair domestic, is in mostly good health and is yet reasonably active. Since 8 yrs of age she has occasional episodes of yanking her hair out with her teeth till she has very large, red and sometimes weepy areas on her body. During those times she vomits a lot of hair about evety 3 days. When taken to the vet for any reason I have asked about this and really dont get much of an answer. So I just went through this with her a few times every year. The problem is that now she seems to be stuck in this phase (about 3 months) . She is in too good a health otherwise for me to consider euthanizing. Is there anything I can do to help her? Is there a name for this condition?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry Snow White is pulling out her own hair. If it is in one specific spot she may be trying to relieve pain or itching.

It can also be an OCD disorder called psychocgenic alopecia. It is similar to a human biting their nails to relieve stress.

Apply raw honey to the sores. It is a marvelous healing agent:

Get a feliway plug in to relieve stress:

Put rescue remedy in her water:

Try changing her protein source in case she is allergic to something in her food.

If it is a seasonal allergy add one quarter of a 4 mg chlortrimeton to her wet food once very 24 hours. It is very tiny so she will not detect it:Better than benedryl because liquids can make cats drool.

Please let me know how she is doing. Just reply hre or if you prefer we can speak on the phone

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