Q: My cat Milo started chasing his tail. He fights with it and bites it.
October 12, 2010 | By Shell | 4 answers | Expired: 1552 days ago
It has become disturbing yo watch. When I tried to feel it, he growled and swatted me. He's spending a lot of time doing this.
Oct 13, 2010
You might want to see your vet about it. If he isn't letting you touch it there might be some issue with his tail or something else going on. One of my cats started chasing his tail obsessively (never did that before) and it turned out he has a hyperactive thyroid. I'm not saying he has the same thing but lots of times dramatic changes in behavior like that is a signal that something is going on.
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Oct 23, 2010
Tail-chasing may be a way of relieving pent-up frustration/anxiety and/or boredom. If your cat sees another cat in the yard--or even birds, chipmunks, squirrels, etc. that are out-of-reach--he might be turning against the thing that is closest to him (his tail) to chase.
One of my cats, KeyZo, chased his tail when he was first adopted. I think it was just stress-related. He only did this the first few months. I have not seen him chasing his tail for the past few years.
You might want to try playing with him using a wand or feather-type toy. Providing your cat with suitable toys to "chase" may be just what he needs.
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