Sudden Strange Hair Loss In 14 Year Old Cat


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  • #18171
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    Catwoman
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    Once again I come to TDK for advice. My 14 year old cat Tristan suddenly started losing hair a little over a week ago. I first noticed it as a thinning spot on his side. It is not inflamed or red and he does not appear to be licking it or anything. Over the last several days, small clumps of hair have been left everywhere he has slept. Now I notice that he has lost hair on both of his sides and overnight he left enough hair clumps on the carpet where he was sleeping to build another cat. He does not seem ill and is not scratching or itching, and he is on Revolution and does not have fleas.

    Any experience with this?

    #243855
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    Does he chew his fur? Has there been a lot of stress lately?

    #243856
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    http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1314&articleid=195

    #243857
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    Basil has lost clumps too. The vet couldn’t find a reason other than possibly stress. Stress can also activate the feline leukemia virus and he hasn’t show symptoms of that. His hair is now growing back thicker than before. Not sure what happened but it could be stress. That is what it appeared to be with Basil. Now what would stress him? New house, new schedule, and a new kitten. No stressors for him there!

    #243858
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    CW…I think I read somewhere that areas particularly in your state are expected to reach record highs for allergies this year. Is it possible that the pollens may just now be taking hold of Tristan’s immune system and that she’s reacting to allergies? I do know that people and animals who have never had allergies before can develop them at any time in their lives. This could be a bad year for many people and pets. Good Luck…give Tristan some tickles and headbonks for me.

    #243859
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    Food allergies can cause hair loss. Even if you are feeding Tristan the same food he has always eaten, it still could be the problem. We feed our babies the same kibble for several years and, all of a sudden, Cheetah had allergies. The vet explained that kibbles that list “protein” may use whatever meat is most available at that time. So sometimes Cheetah was getting chicken and sometimes he was eating pork or another meat. Now I know to look for food that lists the actual source of each ingredient, rather than just the general description.

    #243860
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    One of my kitties reacts to stress by excessive grooming and hairloss. Her fur is still patchy in places.

    #243861
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    Pickle developed a bald patch on the inside of her back leg – I didn’t think she had fleas either, she has regular anti-flea treatment, plus I combed her and found no evidence. I took her to the vet, and it turns out she’d had an allergic reaction to a flea bite – the resultant excessive grooming had seen off any oher fleas, but left her with bald bits. She now has a top up anti-flea treatment for the summer months.

    #243862
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    he may have thyroid problems. Has he lost weight as well?

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    Perhaps this should be checked by a vet, just for peace of mind to rule out thyroid problems, especially since it came on suddenly and his age. Please keep us posted–we care!

    #243864
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    There has not been any unusual stress that I know of; he has not lost weight and does not seem ill; allergies are a possibility since he is an indoor/outdoor cat. I have switched to a new food but he still has access to the old cheap food–I switched to Nutro.

    #243865
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    Also, he is a pretty laid-back cat–the other cats are frightened of the fireworks, and Tristan was the only one to show up and eat the wet food offered tonight. (The other cats are all hiding.) So, I’d be surprised if it was stress.

    #243866
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    CW….Just to throw another thought………Possibly Tristan may be having some sort of reaction to the DE put down for flea control??? Never heard of any one having any problems with DE…..But with a 14 year old, their systems seem to take a 360 from what was the norm. Poor fellow…..It’s odd, other than the hair loss, he seems to be just fine.

    #243867
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    12PAWZ, I never did put the DE down. By the time it came in the mail I was rarely seeing a flea, and had to work a lot of days in a row so did not have the time to take on the project of spreading it. We had already bombed the house with flea bombs before that, though, AND treated the yard…he is the only cat that lies on the carpet directly, so the flea bomb chemicals in the carpet may be the culprit. Tristan likes to lie upstairs at the landing that overlooks the lower level and survey his domain, and I set a flea bomb off very close to there. I did use the DE on Sammy the dog, since he had Frontline and had visible fleas still crawling on him…I rubbed it into his coat and by the next day he was completly flea free. I will definitely continue with the DE as needed and no more toxic flea bombs.

    #243868
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    My cat Noah had a problem with hair loss it was his thyroid!! Once he was on the medication for it his hair grew back!

    #243869

    I’d have the vet check for ringworm it’s an outside virus and since your cat goes out it’s a posibility.Ringworm causes bald spots in circles.

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