1) Matted, clumpy, yellowish/blackish and waxy fur
2) Fur falling off
3) Redness and soreness
Do your cats have these symptoms at the base of it’s tail?
If they do, they might be having a condition.
What is Stud Tail?
Stud tail is a build-up of sebum/oil at the base of your cat’s tail which commonly leads to the fur around the area to become matted/clumpy/sparse, sometimes skin becoming inflamed and sore.
Why does my cat have Stud Tail?
When cats grow older they tend to secrete more oils throughout their body and at the base of the tail is one area; where oils are secreted for the purpose of marking their territory. It is more commonly in male un-neutered cats (explaining why the name “Stud” tail) due to their higher dominance hormonal levels.
What should I do?
- Arrange a visit to the vet for a thorough assessment
- Use a degreasing shampoo to thoroughly wash away the buildup of sebum
- Shave off the hair around the area such that the shampoo is able to better penetrate skin
- Neutering your cat may help
Have you checked your cat for stud tail?