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Stud Tail in Cats

Despite the name of this condition it can be seen in neutered cats and females as well as in intact male cats !

The condition commonly called "stud tail" is actually an accumulation of large amounts of greasy (waxy) secretions from glands located on top of the tail. A correct description for the condition is hyperplasia (over-development) of the sebaceous and/or apocrine glands of the skin along the tail. Sebaceous glands are known to increase their secretion in response to male hormones - called androgens, hence a possible link for the disease being more common in stud cats.

The secretions matt the hair and then dry to produce scales and crusting. Complications include :

A variety of treatments can be used including :

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