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An Overview of Stud Tail in Cats
If you haven’t heard of stud tail in cats, or want to know more, here’s a handy overview.
WHAT IS IT?
A rare skin condition in cats found on the base of the tail.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
Stud tail is a condition caused by overactive sebaceous glands. These glands can be found at the base of the tail. They are responsible for producing waxy or oily secretions (sebum) for hair follicles to keep hair soft and flexible. When too much sebum accumulates, it leads to a buildup of foul-smelling brown material that causes this skin disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
Stud tail also goes by the following names:
- Supracaudal gland hyperplasia
- Feline tail gland hyperplasia
- Supracaudal gland infection
Stud tail mainly occurs in male cats that have not been neutered, but females and neutered males are not immune.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS?
You may notice one or a combination of the following near the base of the tail:
- Greasy fur
- Foul odour
- Red bumps
- Matted hair
- Missing hair
- Skin infection
- Waxy substance
- Light fur turning yellow
- Raw, red and/or swollen skin
HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
Stud tail needs to be diagnosed by a veterinarian and sometimes secondary infections need to be addressed too.
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Treatment will depend on the cause and severity of the condition. Solutions include:
- Keeping the area clean / proper hygiene
- Antiseborrheic shampoo
- Antibiotics for infection
- Topical ointment
HOW CAN IT BE PREVENTED?
For intact males, neutering may work.