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It is always a reason for concern when your favorite feline cuddly buddy a less cuddly than usual. If she’s just shedding her winter coat, then there’s no cause for concern. But if she’s losing a significant amount of hair, you might want to make that trip down to the vet to make sure it’s not because of anything serious.Hair loss in cats can be a headache for owners. Alopecia can be either partial or complete. The patterns of hair loss can also either be varied or symmetrical. It is one unpredictable disease. Although there are treatment options available, they are really rare and limited. It might not just be the effects of Alopecia that are making your cat lose hair thou. Here are a few other reasons why she might be shedding hair:
- Allergies Allergies are the most prominent cause of hair loss. There are a number of things that your cat might be allergic to including food, medicines, insect bites, pollen, or even dust. These things may cause her to itch excessively itch. She might then turn to licking the problematic areas in order to ease the itch. This can sometimes cause bald spots that we then mistaken for hair loss. It’s a fairly simple condition to treat.
- Parasites Lice, mites, ticks, and fleas are also factors that can make her itch and scratch at her skin. Excessive scratching or licking causes bald spots and even sores at times. Medicines to treat bites are easy to come by. Ask your vet which medicine is the best one for this scenario.
- Anxiety and Stress Stress is another factor that can cause her to itch, lick, and scratch at her skin causing hair loss. Psychogenic alopecia is another word for this condition. Cats who’re suffering from this condition tend to target their sides, belly areas, and legs to scratch. Alopecia is most common in purebreds with complicated, nervous personalities. A change in environment might be a good idea when your cat is stressed. Ask your vet about whether she needs antidepressants to calm her down.
- Ringworm Infection Ringworm infection is a fungal infection and not a worm. Missing hair as well as scaly rings, are good signs that your cat might have this infection. You should take her to the vet immediately. If you follow the treatment plan that your vet gives you step by step, then treatment should be easy and quick. Your vet will give you all the necessary details and prescribe an antifungal ointment or cream. Make sure you follow directions religiously as ringworm is an infection that is contagious.
- Pain Arthritis causes a lot of pain in cats. Cats who have this tend to lick themselves in the painful areas. This can lead to bald spots and hair loss.
Although these are the most common causes of feline hair loss, it can also indicate to other bigger problems like diabetes and cancer. So it is of utmost importance that you take her to the vet to make sure.