Question by  chityadevi (52)

Why is my cat tearing out his hair?

He has bald patches over his flanks and tail.


Answer by  Lottadogs (1258)

Typically this is due to itchy skin from fleas, mites, ringworm infection, or allergies. When cats are allergic their skin itches. Cats may also pull hair out due to stress.


Answer by  Sally11 (78)

Vets call this barbering. He could be stressed -- is there something new in his environment such as a new pet, person or a new home all together? More seriously, it could be that his bladder or other organ is bothering him. If you cannot think of a new stressor, take him to a vet!


Answer by  nickl2000 (540)

This could be many different things, from a rash or sickness on the skin, to an allergy that is driving your cats nuts, to stress. Your best bet is to get it into a vet and have some tests done.


Answer by  diva25 (4016)

It could be that he is sick, or it could be that he has developed a nervous habit. I would take him to the vet to get the real reason.

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