Veterinarian Jeff Kahler explains that a cat that is pulling out clumps of fur may have an underlying illness. Dr. Kahler recommends first finding out if the cat is itching by prescribing an anti-inflammatory medication. Blood work and a diet trial using a novel protein diet under the direction of a veterinarian are additional diagnostic steps that can help identify the cause of the fur-pulling. Finally, if all the other tests don't reveal a cause, behavioral modification with medication can be instituted, Dr. Kahler writes.

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