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Why Do Cats Groom so Much?

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When Should You be Concerned About Your Cat’s Grooming Behavior?

Too little or too much grooming are both red flags indicating a potential medical or emotional issue. Both behaviors shouldn’t be ignored because the underlying problem could actually be life-threatening (as in the case of over-grooming of genitals due to urinary blockage).

Any change in your cat’s normal grooming routine or any change in other behaviors are cause for a trip to the veterinary clinic.

 

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Not everyone actually sees their cats grooming. Your cat may be a secret excessive groomer. If your cat is fearful and tends to hide often you may not be aware of how much he’s doing. In that case, pay attention to any thinning hair, broken-off hairs or bald spots.

The Other Side Effect of Over-Grooming

Hairballs. Although cats who engage in a normal amount of grooming may still hack up a hairball now and then, the excessive over-groomer is most at risk of developing hairballs that can lead to intestinal blockage. Talk to your veterinarian if your cat has hairballs. In addition to treating the underlying physical or emotional cause of the over-grooming, your veterinarian may prescribe a hairball prevention protocol.

Need More Information?

For more information on cat behavior and reducing stress in cats, refer to the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. Pam’s books are available at bookstores everywhere, through your favorite online book retailers and here at our website.

 

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For more information on cat behavior and training, refer to the articles on our website and the best-selling books by Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you have a question about your cat’s behavior or health, contact your veterinarian. This article is not intended as a medical diagnosis nor is it a replacement for your cat’s regular veterinary care. This article is for general information purposes only.