|Gracie groomed because she had fleas
If I itch, I scratch. Or I groom my hair fiercely. But I also scratch or groom when I am in pain. And sometimes I will groom myself compulsively when I feel anxious or stressed.
Why do I start having bare patches?
Well fleas are the obvious answer. And if it's not fleas, it might be other parasites. If my hair is falling out, rather than being groomed out, then it might be ringworm or the demodex mite.
People think I don't have fleas when I do - because I have groomed them away. Every single one of them. I have groomed even when they are gone, because the bite they leave behind still itches.
|Miss Foo - a painful area
Humans don't find any fleas, so they think there are none. If they bothered to groom me over a piece of white paper, and then poured a little bit of water on to the dirt there they would see it goes sort of brown - flea poo has blood in it.
|Zennor had a food allergy
I also groom if I have food allergies. Most owners don't know this but I need a proper veterinary allergy diet.
And finally, I groom - over and over again - if I am really anxious.
You'll need a good vet to rule out all these problems and diagnose the correct one.
So take me to a dermatology vet please.
- Take a look at www.catexpert.co.uk for more about overgrooming.