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When Fluffy Isn't So Fluffy

Cats can go bald

(HealthDayNews) -- If that little ball of fur that you got when she was just a kitten is going bald, it could mean she needs a couch -- a therapist's couch.

According to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, cats can go bald as a result of nervousness and emotional stress, although it's fairly rare.

If there's no evidence of physical problems, your cat may simply be stressed out and will respond to tranquilizers or antidepressants. In one group of 11 cats examined, nine grew their fur back after they were treated with tranquilizers. One didn't respond to the treatment at all, and one spent so much time grooming herself that it's possible she was pulling the fur out as fast as it grew back.

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