Why does the cat chew out its hair?

Sometimes, cats chew out and lick its hair with such passion that after that it loses presentable look. What is the reason for such animal's behavior and how to deal with it? The most common cause of this self-mutilation is a reaction to the flea. Before bloodsucking parasite starts its meal, it injects an anticoagulant into the

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Sometimes, cats chew out and lick its hair with such passion that after that it loses presentable look. What is the reason for such animal's behavior and how to deal with it?
The most common cause of this self-mutilation is a reaction to the flea. Before bloodsucking parasite starts its meal, it injects an anticoagulant into the animal. At different cats, fleabites have different effect. Some pets almost do not notice them, while their other friends in misfortune bite and chew their skin, as long as their sides and backs would not cover with incrustation and ulcers. In this case, we are talking about a flea allergic dermatitis. To prevent attempts to disfigure its appearance, a cat, its personal items (bedding, toys), carpeting in the house, as well as all the other inhabitants of the house have to be treated against fleas.




Less common cause of furious scratching and animal balding are hormonal disorders. In this case, it needs vet's help and special laboratory tests. You cannot regale cat hormonal supplements by yourself. Only an experienced expert will be able to choose quality products that will reduce itching and promote healing of your four-legged ward.
Food allergies can also cause self-torture. Allergies can occur as because of a new product in the diet, and the usual food, if the animal is fed by the same kind of food for a long time. In this case, it may be advisable to reconsider their menu: to diversify and include new products. After some time trying to chew out hair will stop, it can be assumed that the reason for the strange behavior of the animal was wrong (inappropriate) food.
In addition to these causes, severe itching in cats can appear from skin diseases, inadequate grooming (knots and mats), and some mental pathology can make a cat to scratch (eg, obsessive-compulsive disorder). Although, not always hair chewing indicates serious health problems if your pet already has turned its luxurious coat in "rags" and is not going to stop there, it is better to show the pet an experienced vet for an accurate diagnosis and carrying out competent treatment.