4 July, 2008 at 3:51 pm #18171
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?4 July, 2008 at 4:07 pm #243855
Does he chew his fur? Has there been a lot of stress lately?4 July, 2008 at 4:09 pm #2438564 July, 2008 at 4:22 pm #243857
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!4 July, 2008 at 4:49 pm #243858
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.4 July, 2008 at 5:57 pm #243859
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.4 July, 2008 at 7:13 pm #243860
One of my kitties reacts to stress by excessive grooming and hairloss. Her fur is still patchy in places.4 July, 2008 at 7:30 pm #243861
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.4 July, 2008 at 7:37 pm #243862
he may have thyroid problems. Has he lost weight as well?4 July, 2008 at 9:51 pm #243863
Sheba's Mom in Phoenix, AZ 10/8Participant
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!5 July, 2008 at 2:39 am #243864
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.5 July, 2008 at 2:41 am #243865
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.5 July, 2008 at 3:07 am #243866
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.5 July, 2008 at 3:17 am #243867
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.5 July, 2008 at 4:19 pm #243868
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!5 July, 2008 at 9:47 pm #243869
elaine from portland,ore,11-24Participant
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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