Cats have a reputation for being precise self-groomers who can sometimes go overboard with their fastidious preening. Significant hair loss in one spot may indicate an external parasite — mites, ticks or fleas, in particular — or a fungal infection, such as ringworm. Once skin scrapes or blood samples are tested, a veterinarian can usually confirm the cause and treat the diagnosed condition with the right medication. If it's a diagnosed food allergy that's causing the excessive grooming, the problem can be addressed with dietary adjustments, such as a veterinarian-prescribed hypoallergenic diet.
Why Do Cats Lick Each Other?
My Cat Licks Himself Obsessively Until He Is Bare in Spots
Some cats are more fastidious than others, but obsessive grooming signals a problem. Nellie, a seven-year-old female spayed tortoiseshell, rolled over on her back and revealed a bald belly. That's when her owner suddenly noticed she had a cat that licked too much. Licking comes naturally to cats, but sometimes this normal grooming urge crosses the line into obsessive behavior. If your cat's licking seems excessive in frequency or duration, don't ignore the problem.
Why Does My Cat Lick the Fur off Her Lower Belly?
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Thanks to its natural characteristics, when the cat was born, they have been given body parts that help them meet their own grooming needs. For example, a rough tongue and disc under the sole of a foot are used as a face towel, a set of teeth to remove solid debris on the body. It starts with the cat mom licking its kittens immediately after giving birth, in part to cleanse the kitten, stimulating them to excrete urine and feces. Besides that, the cat licking the fur also makes the kittens love to breastfeed more. Kittens often do self-made beauty and grooming themselves when they are about four weeks old.