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I have a 10 year old female cat that has 'groomed' her side, and base of her tail until her fur is Very short.  I've massaged vitamin E oil into spots she makes raw, it seems to help heal.  She's never alone very long. I say that because she was abandoned but I've had her for 4 months and this has just started.  I don't know what to do.

I've tried;

Sponge bath & foam bath- she likes it
added fish oil to her food,once a week or it's hard on her system
upgraded her food

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Cats eat their hair off (Barbering) as a way to scratch itching.  Usually this is caused by allergies.  Your vet can give a long acting shot of a steroid and that should help relieve the itching so she will stop this behavior and allow the hairs to regrow.

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Dr. Louis N. Gotthelf

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Dermatology and ear diseases of dogs and cats

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I am the author of "Small Animal Ear Diseases; An Illustrated Guide" published by W.B. Saunders. I have over 25 years of clinical experience with a special interest in dermatologic conditions and ear diseases.

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