My gorgeous, but highly neurotic, cat has started chewing the fur off the base of his tail... He is up to date with jabs and is wormed and flea'ed regularly (in my vets pet health club) he's tabby and white - a lot of white so I'm pretty sure I would notice if he had fleas.. I've brushed him thoroughly and no sign of flea dirt. He doesn't mind me touching the area so not sensitive. Literally the only thing I can think of, that has changed, is his best friend has disappeared recently (possibly relocated for lockdown or not allowed out because of fireworks) he definitely seems a little lost as they usually call for each other and play together... I will take him to the vet but my vet totally maxed out my policy last year then when the money dried up said they didn't know what was wrong and said I would have to be referred to a specialist... Never got to that as I asked for him to be treated for Guardia (his symptoms were similar) and within a few days he was normal again... I have no idea whether that was the problem or not but I think my faith in the vet, who wanted to do x-rays and scans etc, before considering lest costly measures, has been shaken a bit... my policy wouldn't allow me to up the cover this year because of his history so I'm wary of risking a trip that again results in costly procedures... Any ideas? Could it just be stress related? He is really a very sensitive cat! He does go outdoors but not much further than our garden and always comes back when I call. He is in overnight (4pm until 8am) and cuddles me all night... I'm not itchy or scratchy I also have a 12 yr old cat and she doesn't appear to have any issues. Any ideas?