Cats groom themselves to keep their fur clean and healthy. However, some cats overgroom, which can lead to hair loss, skin irritation, and other health problems.
Fleas, allergies, parasites, and skin infections can all cause itching, which can lead to overgrooming.
Cats need mental and physical stimulation to stay happy and healthy. If a cat is bored, they may start overgrooming as a way to relieve boredom.
The cat may lose hair in patches, especially on the belly, tail, and hindquarters.
The cat's skin may be red, inflamed, and sore.
The cat may develop bald spots on their body.
Feed your cat a high-quality diet that is appropriate for their age and health needs.