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You should seek the advice of your veterinarian if your pet is ill as only he or she can correctly advise on the diagnosis and recommend the treatment that is most appropriate for your pet.
Despite the name of this condition it can be seen in neutered cats and females as well as in entire 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 :
Updated October 2013