My 12 year old cat won't stop grooming

  • 12 yr old. Won't stop grooming  himself. 2yr. Old cat trying to become  alpha cat.

  • Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a vet with 10 years of clinical experience.

    I'm sorry to hear about this over-grooming issue.

    There are a few considerations here inluding:


    • Parasites (fleas or mites)
    • A bacterial or fungal skin infection
    • An allergy to something new in his diet or environment
    • Stress induced overgrooming


    A vet check is senisble to examine his skin and as he may need e.g. some prescription anti itch medicine to break the itch scratch cycle.

    Ensure both cats are up to date with their parasite prevention.


    As you mention some issues with the other cat, he may well be stressed. A pheromone diffuser like Feliway plug in, as well as some natural calming supplements, could help in this situation.

    Do also ensure both cats have all of their own resources (bed, hiding spot, cat tree, scratch post, water dish, toys etc) so there is no stress over shared resources.

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