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Thursday 23rd of November 2017


General information on Neurodermatitis

Neurodermatitis, also known as psychogenic alopecia or compulsive grooming, is a condition in which a cat compulsively grooms itself. This condition is similar to that of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) seen in humans and is more commonly known as a displacement behavior that is, more or less, overdone. Neurodermatitis primarily seems to affect cats that are bored, stressed, or crated. There is no underlying disease or disorder for neurodermatitis. Therefore to properly diagnose neurodermatitis, an examination needs to take place to unsure that there is no injury, disease, or infection causing the cat to constantly groom. Although there is no known trigger for neurodermatitis to move from a displacement behavior to a compulsive disorder, neurodermatitis may be hereditary to some breeds and many cats at behavioral clinics for the condition also have allergies and other skin conditions.

Symptoms of Neurodermatitis

Some of the symptoms of neurodermatitis may be: thinning hair, bald spots, constant and frequent grooming, no obvious skin inflammation or lesions, and stress.

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Treatments for Neurodermatitis

The treatment for neurodermatitis is to try to alter the affected catís routine by trying to reduce stress for the cat and presenting the cat with more activities. Identifying the cause of and eliminating the catís stress is the best treatment and, if unsure how to reduce the catís stress, a veterinarian can easily provide suggestions. Should these environmental changes be ineffective, then there are medications available to help reduce the catís urge to groom, but they should only be used in severe cases along side the environmental changes.

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Neurodermatitis experience by - Jocelyn
British Columbia

My 9 year old female cat (also indoor) has been cleaning herself constantly for a while now, and I think it may be out of boredom. This really helped, thanks :-)
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