cat over grooming


Bald patch on cat

cat over grooming

Check cat’s health

  • Some medical conditions, in particular skin disease, can cause excessive grooming and hair loss, so check with your vet

Help your cat feel comforted with FELIWAY

  • Releases pheromones to create a loving environment at home
  • Improvement may happen within the first week
  • Continued use for at least one month is recommended

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 favourite
  • Provide climbing opportunities (cat tree, shelves), to keep your cat active

We recommend:

FELIWAY Diffuser

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


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.

Over-grooming is an issue when it causes hair loss or bald patches on your cat - you may see a line or stripe down the back or on the foreleg of your cat with what looks like short, stubbly hair. Over-grooming not only makes your cat look less beautiful, it can also increase the risk of skin infection.

In most cases, you might not be able to see your cat licking, chewing or hair pulling. Most of them 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 vet for underlying medical causes.

A bald patch on your cat or over-grooming might also be caused by emotional discomfort. Many things can conflict with your cat’s need for stability:

  • Recent changes at home (new furniture, redecorating, moving home, renovating)?
  • Visitors, new family member, new pet at home?
  • Competition or tension with another cat?

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