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"Excessive grooming can lead to hair loss"

Cat Hair Loss

Hair loss in cats can be a sign of a number of different medical conditions. Consult your vet if you’re unsure why your cat is losing her hair.

Finding the cause of cat hair loss

If your cat is losing hair, it could be due to a number of reasons including ringworm, fungal skin infections, hormonal problems and infestations of fleas or mites.

Hair loss can also result from something as simple as excessive grooming. This can be spotted when a cat starts to lose hair, especially on the belly, the back and inside her back legs.

Cat hair loss treatment

See your vet for a thorough physical examination. This may involve taking skin scrapings, blood tests and hair samples for testing.

Firstly, your vet will look for parasitic infestations and discuss a flea treatment regime. If this isn’t the cause, your vet may need to investigate further.

If there are any behavioural reasons for your cat's hair loss, you will need evidence. For example, if you notice the warning signs that your cat is stressed and anxious, keep a diary of times and specific circumstances when hair licking and pulling takes place. Your vet will then decide whether or not you need to change something in your cat's environment or she needs anti-anxiety medication.

 

About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre

PetCare Advice Centre The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.

Last updated: 16 September 2014 at 05:27 PM
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