The most studied medication for treatment of psychogenic alopecia is clomipramine. Retrospective studies and a case report have found clomipramine to be an effective treatment for psychogenic alopecia.
What is self induced alopecia?
In self-induced alopecia, the short, sparse hair shafts which remain in the affected area will feel “stubbly” when they are stroked against the direction of hair growth. In cases of spontaneous alopecia the tips of the remining hairs will be fine and smooth when stroked “against the grain”.
What causes psychogenic alopecia?
Psychogenic alopecia is overdiagnosed; flea hypersensitivity, food allergy, atopy, and other ectoparasites are more common causes of feline alopecia. Alopecia is produced when the cat grooms hard enough to remove hairs but not vigorously enough to damage the skin.
Why does my cat have a bald stomach?
Stress and anxiety: When cats are stressed and obsessively lick and scratch, they can lose hair. Vets call this “psychogenic alopecia.” Cats that have it tend to pick at their belly, sides, and legs. It’s most common in female purebreds with nervous personalities.
How do I know if my cat has alopecia?
It’s important to let your vet know about any other symptoms you have noticed, such as:
- A rash, scabs or patches of dark skin.
- Dry, scaly skin.
- Losing whiskers.
- Lethargy (sleeping more than usual)
- Drinking more than usual.
- Eating more of less than usual.
What can you give cats for anxiety?
SSRIs like fluoxetine and sertraline have been successfully used to treat a number of anxiety-related behavior problems, such as fearful avoidance of the litter box, fear of other cats in the household or aggression toward other cats. SSRIs are also useful in reducing compulsive behaviors, such as excessive grooming.
What does it mean when a cat pulls its hair out?
Compulsive hair-pulling is called psychogenic alopecia, which essentially means your cat is yanking out his hair by the mouthful because something is bothering him psychologically. This could include life changes such as moving to new quarters or gaining a new family member or pet, or other changes in his routine.