How to Detect & Manage Cat Stud Tail Naturally

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Cat Stud Tail

Cat Stud tail is actually Seborrhea of the tail. Cats have two types of skin glands. Sweat glands, most of which are non functional and sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are associated with hair follicles and produce an oily substance called sebum.

Sebum repels water which makes the hair coat somewhat water proof and helps maintain normal skin texture. The largest sebaceous glands in cats are located on the chin, lips and upper top part of the tail. Diagnosis is usually based on signs.


Greasy area of fur on the top of your cat’s tail. Your cat’s tail fur may turn a yellowish color, as seen in the photo to the left. Pus from secondary bacterial infections may or may not be present.


Matted feline tail hair should be removed with clippers. Your cat’s tail should be cleaned daily with a Benzyl Peroxide or an oatmeal based shampoo.

TIP: Avoid tar based shampoo in cats as it may be toxic.

Rinse the tail area well with water and air dry. This stud tail condition tends to recur and your cat’s tail area may need daily cleansing. A biopsy is recommended to confirm the diagnosis for cases that do not respond.

Stud Tail in Cats


Bran bath removes dirt and grease from cat coats.

CAT BRAN BATH RECIPE: Mix ¼ cup oat bran into 1 cup of distilled water, cover loosely, store at room temperature 24-hours then refrigerate. Can use this to spot clean greasy skin areas, such as chins with acne, and areas with stud tail.


6 ounces bran warmed in the oven, rub warm bran into the cat’s coat going against the grain of the fur. Leave on 2-3 minutes and brush out gently with a natural bristle brush. Use for cats with greasy hair coats. Use bran from the feed mill for horses in this recipe.

This is very effective for Siamese, Burmese and Oriental cats that tend to have greasy hair coats and the results are excellent. Many breeders give a bran bath a couple days prior to exhibitions.

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