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My 14 yr old cat has pulled the fur from his tail almost all…

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My 14 yr old...

My 14 yr old cat has pulled the fur from his tail almost all is gone from underside of tail,why?

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name?

Beanie

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Beanie?

Seems healthy.

Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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9/8/2017
Cat Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
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Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

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Cat Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 months ago

Does he have any skin lesions or redness to his tail?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Looks like maybe a bug bite ,he does not have fleas,could a gnat bite be the problem?
Cat Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 months ago

An insect bite could certainly be irritating for him. Did this happen suddenly?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Within a week or so.
Cat Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 months ago

Does he have any scabs or discharge? Is it just his tail that is affected?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
scabs,no discharge,only tail affected.
Cat Veterinarian: Richard Rawling,
 replied 9 months ago

This may be the result of an insect bite or sting. However he may now have some secondary skin infection if you are seeing scabs that may benefit from antibiotic treatment which would require a vet visit.

Giving antihistamines may help with the itching. Ordinary human benadryl can be effective, if you can give me some idea of Beanie`s weight I can recommend a suitable dose.

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