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What to do if your cat's hair is falling out


 What to do if your cat's hair is falling out

What to do if your cat's hair is falling out

Alopecia, or hair loss in cats, is very frequent. Your cat's fur coat may show asymmetrical or symmetrical patterns due to a whole or partial loss. To alleviate your cat's pain, you may do a few palliative things besides having your pet see a doctor.

What Causes Cats to Lose Their Hair?

  • There are many causes of feline alopecia, making it difficult to diagnose and manage the condition. If you catch your cat's hair loss early on, your chances of curing him are much higher.

Conditions of the Body and of the Skin

  • Hair loss may be caused by hormonal imbalances such as hyperthyroidism or an increase in the body's amount of steroids. Allergies to the skin or an allergic response are additional possibilities.

  • Beyond the apparent hair loss, another symptom of feline alopecia is the development of redness, lumps or skin loss around the region where the hair is falling out. These symptoms may indicate that your cat has a common skin ailment such as eczema or even dermatophilosis, a condition that is uncommon in cats.

  • You may lose your hair because to parasitic rashes such as fleabites and tickbites that cause inflammation and itching in the scalp. These parasites may also lead to excessive cat grooming. Allergic cats claw and bite so hard at fleas that their skin becomes inflamed, and their hair falls off as a result.

Problems with Emotions and Behavior

  • Hair loss in cats may be caused by nervous illnesses that show up as behavioral concerns like excessive grooming, but diagnosing these can be difficult. This may be the reason of your cat's hair loss if other medical conditions are checked out.

  • Redirect any excessive grooming habits as soon as you see them and keep your cat intellectually engaged. Your veterinarian may, under some circumstances, prescribe medicines for behavioral change.

Pain in the Body

  • It's possible that your cat's discomfort, such as muscular or joint pain, is causing the hair loss. To alleviate the discomfort, the cat may lick the affected region excessively, causing the hair to come off in the process. Hair loss is a possible adverse effect of certain medications.


  1. In the event that your cat is ill and has to be examined and treated by a veterinarian. Take skin samples and check for mites, yeast, and bacteria under a microscope as the initial step in treating an infection. She may also take a skin sample or do a culture on it. 
  2. As part of the physical checkup, she'll also check for fleas and other pests. To find out whether the alopecia is due to a hormonal or thyroid imbalance, your veterinarian may likely request blood testing. She may use X-rays or ultrasounds, if necessary, to rule out cancer and other abnormalities of the adrenal glands if the reason remains a mystery.
  3. Alopecia areata may be treated with medicines and topical therapies if it is caused by a medical condition such skin erosions, thyroid abnormalities, or other hormonal imbalances. Behavioral issues may cause hair loss, so you'll need to work on changing your habits if that's the case.
  4. Your cat's grooming habits may need to be "retaught" by a feline behaviorist. A synthetic feline face pheromone spray, anti-anxiety medicines, or other soothing aids may be beneficial.
  5. For the cat's health and to eliminate ticks and fleas as a potential cause of hair loss, regular tick and flea control medication is also necessary.
  6. Cats who are suffering from flea or tick infestations may lose their hair, therefore cleaning your home and all of your cat's belongings (bedding, toys, etc.) will be necessary. Ensure you discuss flea prevention and control options with your veterinarian to ensure they are suitable for your pet.
  7. Additionally, you should keep an eye on the cat's health to ensure that the hair loss does not worsen. The best way to care for your cat with alopecia is to avoid itching, discomfort, and secondary infections if there is no treatment. Your cat's fur coat may or may not grow back.

Stop hair loss with these simple tips

  • If you see your cat tugging and chewing at its hair, check its skin and fur at least once a week. If necessary. Part your hair with a fine-toothed comb so you can look at each area individually.

  • Keep an eye out for areas where the cat seems to scratch more than others. Check to see whether the cat's bedding, toys, or scratch posts are too harsh on its hair and adding to the problem.

  • Inquire with your veterinarian about a pain and itching medication that is safe to use on animals. Your cat will have a greater chance of recovering if you can stop him from scratching and chewing the affected skin.