Dr Kate’s top 5 pet problems – 5: OCD Grooming


The second most common problem in cats that I’ve provided assistance on is OCD grooming, as I explained to Cy Clayton, Editor of The West’s Habitat section on Friday, 7 November 2014. It seems to be the case of ‘one more lick should do it!

It’s normal for adult cats to spend up to 4 hours of every day grooming – for cleaning, temperature regulation, parasite control and self-calming. However, this behaviour can run into overdrive resulting in hair loss and discolouration. Compulsive grooming, plucking and barbering may be a sign of anxiety but a diagnosis can only be reached when other medical causes (e.g. allergy, pain-based disease, hormonal disease) are ruled out by your regular veterinarian.

About Dr Kate

Perth vet and proprietor of Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dog Day Care, Dr Kate Lindsey completed a first class honours degree in zoology and neuroscience at UWA, followed by a veterinary degree with first class honours, at Murdoch. Since graduating in 2005, Dr Kate has worked as a vet in small animal practices around Perth. As her zoological roots show, she has always had an interest in animal behaviour. Dr Kate successfully completed a post-graduate program in veterinary behaviour medicine and was admitted as a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Animal Behaviour in 2012. She is a qualified veterinarian behaviourist. Dr Kate established Kalmpets in 2012, Western Australia’s only sole focus mobile vet behaviour practice that delivered comprehensive solutions to improve behaviour problems in dogs, cats and pets.

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