Cat Hair Loss
Most people know that a healthy full coat is a
sign of good health
in animals. Cat hair loss can then be a cause for concern. What should
you be looking for if you are facing cat hair loss?
several possibilities in hair loss issues. The first is to check for
parasites. Mites, fleas and ticks can cause scratching and hair loss in
cats. Mange is another possibility to consider. If parasites aren’t a
problem the next thing to look at is diet.
A natural diet with meat as the primary ingredient
is less likely to have issues with food allergies. Poor
diet and food allergies can cause hair loss
due to itching and irritated skin. A good quality diet that – no pun
intended – feeds the cat’s natural requirements is the best solution if
this is a possibility. Low end foods with high grain
increase the chances of problems. Your cats hair loss might come from
things you can’t see.
You’ve tried a few alterations and have
determined although the health is improved there’s still cat hair loss.
There’s four other possibilities all which will take testing by a
veterinarian to determine or rule out for sure.
- Cushing’s disease
has not only hair loss but increased thirst, appetite as well as the
cat being lethargic. Perhaps the skin is easily irritated or petting
seems to hurt her. The hair is usually missing from the same areas on
- Addison’s disease
is an adrenal
gland issue that can also cause lethargic behavior as well as hair loss
and skin issues. The good news is that this is not common in cats but
the bad news is when it is found it’s often brought on by cancer or a
pituitary imbalance. There is little to do but keep the cat as
comfortable as possible for as long as possible.
takes it the other way with weight loss lack of grooming themselves,
increased thirst and greatly increased appetite. This can be controlled
is a hormone imbalance that causes a cat to groom excessively. They
might be obsessive about licking and biting themselves due to the skin
itching and the hair might fall out in patches. They might overeat and
gain weight. If this is obvious along with vomiting it means a trip to
the vet as this can indicate a kidney disease.
- Another possible reason for hair loss is an autoimmune
disorder that causes loss especially on the head, neck
and body with no itching noticed.
to food are sometimes considered but not allergies in the air or
- The symptoms of licking feet, inflamed ears,
“hot spots” can be the same. Occasionally it can be a symptom of a drug
reaction. Stressed cats can also have hair loss including some during
Hair loss in cats is sometimes difficult to pin
a reason for. Talk to your veterinarian to weed out the most serious
causes first if you are seeing cat hair loss in an individual cat.
Need any advice now? Ask a vet
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