I have a burning question that I'm hoping that someone in the blog-o-sphere can either answer or relate to ... This is the second year in a row that Sparky Fuzzypants has pulled all of the fur out on his belly and back inner thighs. The de-fuzzing started in May of 2005 and repeated in May of 2006. Mom would vacuum the carpet before going to bed and when we'd wake up in the morning, tufts of creamy white and caramel-colored fur would be littering the carpet. Since he's the only one with creamy white fur, all paws pointed to Sparky as the culprit.
Mom picked him over with a flea comb and then dosed all of us with Advantage. The V-E-T checked for signs of itchiness and found bupkes ... There's nothing organically wrong with Mr. Pants. Mom thought that he was sweaty, but I assured her that cats can't sweat as we have no sweat glands ...
What's up with Mr. Pants? Does he lose his mind each May? He's eight years old, why didn't he de-fuzz himself the first six years? Can sweaters be crocheted with the creamy white and caramel fur that he yanks out by the roots? I know that the boy's a little "off" by his room-temperature IQ and love of salad, but is he mental, too? Do cats sweat even though we have no biological means of secreting sweat?
My mind is boggled. A fresh perspective would be welcome. Are you a fur-yanker or do you live with one? Should Mom be looking into "lion cuts" when spring springs each year? Special shampoo? Belly toupee? Nads?
I don't get the allure of a freshly plucked belly. It's not like he needs a nice soft place for his chicks to hatch (or does he? That would explain the affinity for tweety feet, wouldn't it?).
Anyway, I thought that I'd throw that burning question out there even though San Diego is at "red flag" alert for fires this weekend. Put your thinking caps on "oh geniuses of the cat bloggin' world."
DaisyMae Maus, ponderer of bald bellies