Grooming Is a Sign of Overall Health
Particularly for cats that suffer from over grooming — also known as barbering — a type of obsessive behavior may be a sign of some underlying health issue.
“Oftentimes in recent years, people jump to the notion that their cat has a compulsive behavior issue,” says Steve Dale, cat behavior consultant. “In truth, the first step when your cat is exhibiting signs of over grooming should be to rule out any medical conditions, then to rule out allergies.”
For example, if your cat is suffering from back pain, she may be more likely to groom that particular area. On the other hand, not grooming in one particular place could also be in indication of arthritis, says Adelman. Behavior like this is a sign to bring your cat to the vet.