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Over grooming

Discussion in 'Savannah Cat Behavior' started by Sean, May 28, 2012.

  1. Sean

    Sean Savannah Super Cat

    I have a bit of a problem or more so Mokkun does.
    Bella (2yo female F1) is over grooming Mokkun (18Mo male F7)
    Mokkun seems to like it. He is missing his whiskers and some
    belly fur His brother Tetsu does not let her do this to him.

    Any ideas as to what I can do to get her slow down a bit?
    The last 2 nights he has been in my room with me over night
    and is not as red on the belly and around the ears. I try to
    get her attention if I see her grooming him.

  2. Trish Allearz

    Trish Allearz Moderator

    I have no advice, sadly, but I can't wait to hear what others suggest! Besides distraction, but it's kinda hard to always be on alert for over grooming!
  3. Medesha

    Medesha Savannah Super Cat

    I've read if you put stuff like bitter apple on The cat in the areas that he or another cat seem intent on removing the fur from, that should dissuade them...
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  4. Patti

    Patti Admin Staff Member

    I believe Brigitte used something that was effective when she had this problem. I've had a couple of moms overgroom their kittens, but only one that actually disfigured a kitten - she was literally chewing off parts of his ears. I tried to early wean at five weeks but he became very ill so I finally decided on close supervision until he was eating solids on his own and I could safely wean him.

    I have heard of a couple of options since then, such as bitter apple (which would probably be painful going on raw skin) or liquid bandage, which might help protect the area. The only other option I know is to find something to distract Bella so that she will give her attention to something other than Mokkun.
  5. Brigitte Cowell

    Brigitte Cowell Moderator Staff Member

    I did have a queen that over-groomed her babies and what I got that seemed to work well was http://www.tomlyn.com/pr_d_allercaine.html. Just thankful that her overgroomed baby (Nadiya) has not at all needed to do the same to HER babies!

    I'd not put it on your F7 near the mouth to stop your F1 taking the whiskers though, as that would be horrible for the F7 to be tasting. It's not going to be nice for your F7 on the belly either as likely he does groom himself too. But maybe on the ears and that would give your F1 a negative association with licking his ears hopefully! Good luck!
  6. Sean

    Sean Savannah Super Cat


    Says on there website in red letters

    This product is not for use on cats.

    So do you still use it of what?
  7. Brigitte Cowell

    Brigitte Cowell Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not sure what you are asking.... as I posted, I did use it in the past with no ill-effects. I also used Biocaine which is made by the same company.
  8. shelby

    shelby Guest

    I would seperate them for a few days and allow no contact. Cats are creatures of habit.She is probably grooming him around the same time every day. They easily get in a comfort zone and the habit is born. Once the period of not seeing each other...I would rub pure vanilla flavoring on his areas she is grooming(if there are no raw areas). It is bitter and a few licks may just make her realize that the grooming is better left to him;>) Good luck;>)

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