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.
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