My cat sucks on its tail, like a baby does with its thumb. Will that be a problem? His tail is always wet.
on Mar 12th 2009
in Other Behavior & Training
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No, it won't cause any problems. I also had a cat that did this, so cute! Its a behavior that makes them feel more comfortable and secure, just like purring or "making biscuits" (kneading). Some cats grow out of this behavior, but its not bad if they don't.
How old is your cat? As long as the tail sucking doesn't result in hair loss, it's probably not a problem, but cats who obsessively groom themselves to the point of baldness are often given kitty Prozac (which is the same as human Prozac) or other antidepressants and/or tranquilizers. Obessive grooming can be a sign of OCD. As long as there is no hair loss, I'd say that you don't need a quick vet trip, but the next time you have a wellness check, do ask about it. And, I am not a vet, so my advice is just an opinion.
Chibi answered on 3/12/09. Helpful? / 0
Chibi is right about what she says. It's possible that your kitty was separated from mom too soon after weaning. Some kitties substitute their tails and also their owner's hair, ear lobes or clothing. If your kitty is stressed out and doing this, you don't want to try any hard core behavior changes because to stress him out more may cause him to do things like stop using his litter box, etc. Anti-anxiety meds (like Chibi suggested, Prozac, only in a much smaller doseage that your vet can prescribe) can work if your cat shows stress in any other areas of his life. You can also try substituting a stuffed animal, a wash-cloth, or something else, or try putting a little Bitter Apple (pet stores) on his tail.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/13/09. Helpful? / 0