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16Mar

My Cat Is Pulling Out Her Fur

Question: If you can help me I would be very happy.  My cat Missy has been pulling out her hair on her hind quarters.  I have taken her to two different Vets and they can not seem to do anything that will stop her pulling out her hair in big tuffs.  They thought it was allergies and she has taken three different kinds of pills and was given a shot when the pills did not work.  They put on Prozac and that stopped her for awhile because she was in lala land and didn't know what was going on.  They took her off the Prozac because she was reacting very doped up and she didn't want to be touched, like she was afraid of everything.  And she is now back to pulling out her hair.  Please can you help me?

Answer: If allergies have been ruled out, then she may still need some kind of psychotropic drug to stop the behavior.

BUT - First I would try a couple of holistic things that may help without resorting to drugs. I would put Missy on a raw food diet.

This is relatively easy to do nowadays because it is sold prepackaged. Wysong makes one and Steve's is another brand. You can do some research on raw diets on the internet. The raw food diet can have multiple beneficial effects for a cat with this behavior. You need to phase it in and then feed it for several weeks to see results.

Something else that can be tried at the same time or after a few weeks on the diet is acupuncture. See if there is a certified veterinary acupuncturist in your area.

If you try these things and the kitty is still pulling the hair out, you might try a lesser drug than Prozac. Chlorpheniramine is a mild sedative and anti-histamine, so that would be the first one to try. 

Amitriptylline aka Elavil would be the next notch up. I have a couple of cats on that and it just takes the edge off things for them. Both of those drugs are very inexpensive. 

Then you get into the big guns like Prozac, Buspar and Paxil. Even though she did not do well on Prozac she may be okay on the other two. They all have a different mode of action.

I really believe in trying the natural route first, see if the body can heal itself.

Also make sure that you give her lots of attention - especially when she is not tearing at her fur. You don't want to reinforce that behavior by making a fuss over her when she is doing that.

I hope this will help. I am sure it is very stressful to have a cat that is literally pulling her fur out.

Purrs to you and Missy. Please let me know how she does.

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