We adopted our dog about four years ago. Since then, our family has not gone on a vacation because it is difficult to do with a canine family member. As I watch my kids grow up and hear all of the stories that my friends tell me about their family vacations and all of the wonderful memories that they have created, I regret that we haven't gone on a trip. I began looking into some options for boarding my dog and found some great places to take him. Then, I began looking up information about how I can make his time at the boarding center easier on him. To learn the tips that I have found about keeping your dog comfortable while he stays in a boarding facility, go to my site.
Cats typically loosen a bit of fur when they groom themselves, but if your cat is actively yanking out its own fur, there's a problem. Cats shouldn't aggressively pull out their own fur, so if you've noticed your cat has this habit, keep reading to learn how you can help curb this behavior.
Cats will often yank out their fur because they're experiencing increased irritation in an area. There are a few potential causes for this, but one of the most common is fleas.
Fleas can irritate the skin in two ways: by biting, and by causing flea dermatitis. Bites leave behind itchy bumps, and flea dermatitis is a form of skin irritation that's caused by a flea's droppings. Not every cat will experience flea dermatitis, but many do.
Cats will try to pull out their hair because they're doing anything they can to reduce irritation in the area where fleas have been. Killing fleas and preventing their return is one good way to help stop this behavior (and improve your cat's life).
Another form of skin irritation is simply dryness. Some cats are prone to having dry, itchy skin, and they will end up performing the same obsessive behavior as cats that are dealing with flea outbreaks in an attempt to ease their discomfort.
If your cat has dark fur, you may be able to tell if they have dry skin. Cats with dark fur and dry skin will often have noticeable dandruff in their fur. It's harder to tell with cats who have lighter shades of fur, but if you rub or scratch your cat and notice that your hands feel chalky, that might be dead skin residue indicating dry skin.
Cats need skin conditioning like humans do when this problem happens. You can purchase cat-friendly lotions or conditioners that will help to curb this problem, and they should stop chewing on themselves as a result.
Lastly, don't forgo a good grooming. Sometimes, cats will pull out dead hair that needs to come out. Simply having your cat professionally groomed on a regular basis can prevent this problem by loosening and removing dead hair before it gathers into bothersome clumps that cats feel the need to yank out themselves. This will also help to reduce the risk of your cat consuming that hair, which could increase their risk of developing hairballs or gastrointestinal blockages.
If you can't figure out why your cat is pulling out their fur, talk to a professional pet grooming service for help. They may be able to share some insight about your cat's condition and offer a solution that can keep your kitty from harming themselves.