Cat Tips

When washing your cat's litter box, use mild soap and water. Harsh chemicals can be harmful for your cat, and their odors could discourage future litter box visits.

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Expert Q&A

My cat constantly grooms herself, sometimes to the point of licking the hair off her back and inside her legs. I do not see any fleas. What could this be?

As a cat owner, you know that cats are meticulous groomers. They spend a great deal of their time grooming after meals and before and after naps. If, however, you are noticing hair loss, this can be a sign of a problem that may require medical attention.

There are many reasons for hair loss, including but not limited to compulsive behavior, external parasites, stress, bacterial infections and allergies. Don't be quick to rule out flea-related problems, though. Sometimes cats are such careful cleaners that they rid themselves of all outward signs of insect infestation. Hair-pulling and chewing are warning signs that the cat is uncomfortable. Your veterinarian can help you get to the root of the problem and start appropriate treatment. Try to schedule a full checkup for your cat as soon as possible.

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