This condition is similar to acne because it is caused by
oversecretion of the sebaceous glands. As you part the hair on top of the tail
near its base, you may see an accumulation of waxy brown material. In severe
cases, the hair follicles become infected. The hair becomes matted and greasy,
develops a rancid odor, and may fall out. The condition is most common in
unneutered males, but it may occur in females and neutered males.
Treatment: Wash the tail twice a day with a medicated shampoo for cats and sprinkle cornstarch or
baby powder on the base. If the skin is infected, treat as you would for Cellulitis and Abscesses.
Neutering may relieve the condition in males. This is a chronic condition and
will require daily management. Oral retinoid may be used in severe cases, but
it must be given under veterinary guidance.
The following information isn’t intended to replace regular visits to your
veterinarian. If you think your cat may have hyperthyroidism, please see your
veterinarian immediately. And remember, please do not give any medication to
your pet without talking to your veterinarian first.