Everything You Need to Know about Hair Loss in Cats

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Is your feline friend having less than usual? Although it is normal for your feline to shed its winter coat, there is a problem if it loses a large amount of hair. Does your feline friend constantly lick or scratch itself? Cats groom a lot but if they do it a lot, which will result in an infection, skin sores, and hair loss. However, if your feline friend is only interested in licking its fur rather than other activities such as eating or playing, it has a problem.

Common reasons for hair loss

Your feline is losing hair for the following reasons:

  • AllergiesOne of the main reasons behind hair loss in felines is allergies. Just like human beings, felines are allergic to dust, pollen, medicines, insect bites, and food. Your four-legged friend will feel itchy and lick it till there are bald spots. Hair loss due to allergies are fairly easy to treat but you may need to give medicines for the rest of its life.
  • ParasitesParasites such as ticks, lice, mites, and fleas will make your feline lick and scratch, which will result in sores and bald spots. Parasites are relatively easy to get rid off with the right medication. If your feline has parasites on its body, take it to the vet immediately. The vet will prescribe the medicine you have to use.
  • PyodermaPyoderma is a bacterial skin infection that affects your feline friend when it constantly bites and scratches its skin. As a result of this, there is a discharge of pus and hair loss. For your feline friend to completely recover from this infection, you need to clean the infected area carefully. However, you need to find the real cause of irritation as this infection is secondary.
  • RingwormWhen you first hear of ringworm, you assume it is an infection due to worms. However, Ringworm is actually a fungal infection. If you see a scaly ring around any region affected by hair loss, your feline friend has a ringworm infection. To treat a ringworm infection, you need to visit the vet. The vet will recommend antifungal ointments or creams to remove the infection.
  • Stress and anxietyWhen your feline friend is facing large amounts of stress, it will start to lick and scratch obsessively and lose hair. Vets called this problem, ‘psychogenic alopecia’ and it mainly affects the legs, sides, and its belly. It’s most common in female cats that are purebred and have a nervous personality. Take your feline to the vet and find out how you can treat and help it.
Treatment

Treatment of hair loss depends on the type of infection affecting your feline friend. Your vet will suggest the following medications:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Dietary changes
  • Injections
  • Lotions
  • Shampoos
  • Tablets

If lady luck is on your side, your feline friend will get its coat back in no time. Otherwise, it will take a couple of months before the problem completely goes away. Always consult your vet when you notice hair loss in your feline friend!

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