cat over grooming

Does your cat over groom?

Bald patch on cat! Here is how to help

cat over grooming

Check your cat’s health

  • Some medical conditions, in particular skin disease, can cause excessive grooming and hair loss, so check with your vet first.
  • Look for potential allergens recently introduced to your cat that may be causing the over-grooming (for example did you change the food).

Help your cat feel comfortable with FELIWAY OPTIMUM

  • Releases “happy messages”’ to create a loving environment at home
  • You should see an improvement within the first week
  • We recommend continuous use for at least one month

Follow our “Tips for happy indoor cats”

  • Play with your cat, even for a few minutes, every day
  • Provide multiple toys, your cat will pick its favorite
  • Provide climbing opportunities (cat tree, shelves), to keep your cat active


  • Playing with your cat will help reduce its anxiety and keep it feeling happy


  • Provide toys, climbing opportunities (cat trees or shelves) to keep your cat active and occupied and to prevent boredom

We recommend:


Plug in your cat’s favourite room for at least 30 days.

FELIWAY Classic Diffuser

Provide constant comfort to your cat with a monthly refill.

Why do cats over groom?

Cats losing hair everywhere in the home, including on your clothes, is normal. Cats are natural self-groomers. In fact, they spend up to 25% of their lives grooming themselves.

Cat over grooming is an issue when it causes hair loss or bald patch on your cat: you'll see a line or stripe down the back or on the foreleg of your cat with what looks like short, stubbly hair. Cat over grooming not only makes your cat look less beautiful, it can also open the risk for skin infection.

Note that in some cases, you might not be able to see your cat licking, chewing or hair pulling. Most cat over groom at night or when you're away!

Over-grooming can have either a medical or an emotional cause.

If your cat has skin issues, or if you recently changed your cat’s food, this excessive grooming may be an allergic reaction. Check with your veterinarian for medical causes.

Cat over grooming might also be caused by emotional discomfort. Many things can conflict with your cat’s need for stability:

  • Recent changes at home: moving, adding new furniture, renovations, new baby in the family...
  • Another pet in the home or nearby: cats don’t like sharing resources like their litter box, food bowls, etc…
  • Recent change in your routine: has your usual schedule changed leading you to be busier and less available?

Using FELIWAY OPTIMUM will help restore your cat’s normal, cuddly appearance, and keep your cat feeling comfortable and happy.