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Hair loss at base of tail.

Species: Cat
Breed: American Short hair
Age: 2-5 years
My cat has been pulling her fur out near the base of her tail,leaving swollen bald spots.Is there a way to stop this? And is it a serious disease?




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

By far the most common reason for a cat to pull her hair out in this area is fleas, even if you can't see them. This is so common that I wrote an article about it:

Seriously, your pet has fleas.

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