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My siamese cat has been pulling her hair out with her teeth

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My siamese cat has been pulling her hair out with her teeth for past 2 weeks. The skin is clear though
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for your post!

From your history, it seems as if we have a history of overgrooming!

In looking for an underlying cause for this grooming behavior...we need to be thorough, systematic, and complete.

We should start by looking for underlying causes local to the area including a skin infection (bacteria, mites, fleas).

There is also a possibility that there are allergies here - either food or environmental.

Moreover, some systemic disease, including an overactive thryoid can cause signs such as this.

To be thorough - I would recommend making an appointment with your veterinarian so they can evaluate the skin and look for an underlying cause. Potential bloodwork, can be very helpful!

If there is a possibility this is an allergic etiology, your veterinarian may discuss medications such as antihistamines and/or steroids or even food change to a hypoallergenic diet.

If there is no underlying cause and the diagnosis is then behavioral, in many of these cases, medications are considered, such as prozac.

Before I get to that point with clients, I tend to recommend alternative therapies, with a common one being a product (Feliway) which emits phermones/hormones that are supposed to decrease stress in cats. I have had clients that have found this to be very helpful.

I hope this helps!
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The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian
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