Three Year old cat suddenly obsessed with her tail...

by Kecia
(Marion, IA)

Time, our tail-chaser

Time, our tail-chaser

I have a 3 year old spayed female cat. She is one of four cats in our family. For several weeks now, she is obsessed with chasing her tail. She twirls and plays with it, but this has come out of the blue. She has other toys to play with, but she's obsessed with the tail. No obvious skin problems, or other symptoms. I'm worried it could be stress. We moved into my mother's about 6 months ago and the cats have been confined to one area of the house. It's a large area, and they seemed well adjusted. But this recent activity has me wondering if she's bored or stressed. I've been spending more time with her in my lap and giving her more attention, but that hasn't helped. I've been playing more with her toys and the laser dot she loves to chase, but the tail chasing is still there. She does it everywhere! On top of the TV, on a bookshelf, on the couch, on the floor...everywhere. Is this normal? Has she JUST discovered this 'play' and is having fun? Help?

Answer by Kate
sounds to me like she may have a problem in that area, it could be a skin allergy or parasite problem. I have heard of this before and the only way to make sure is to get the vet to check them out.

There may even be other medical conditions that may cause this behavior, so your best bet is to get her checked by the vet and that way you will at least know if it is a physical problem or not.

best wishes Kate

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