Cat Hair Loss Patches Review

Cat Hair LossCat hair loss can be normal, especially during shedding season, and there is visible, natural cat hair loss above the eyes when a kitten matures into a cat. However, if it’s patchy, reveals irritated skin, or your cat losing hair is accompanied by intense scratching, it can be cause for serious concern.

Often cat hair loss (alopecia) goes hand in hand with skin problems, with allergies, or with some form of parasitic or fungal infection.

1. Ringworm — A fungal infection, ringworm causes scaly, crusty scabs in addition to hair falling out over the affected areas. Extremely contagious, and can cause hair loss in dogs, or itching in humans.

2. Ear Mites — Infection by parasites in the ear canal, scratching or infections brought on by the mites can cause hair loss around the ears.

3. Mange — Thick, dry, scaly skin caused by the burrowing of tiny, microscopic parasites burrowing into the skin—causes cat hair loss over affected areas.

4. Stud Tail — Mainly affects males and may be prevented by neutering. Glands used to transfer scent around the base of the tail overproduce and may cause hair loss and rancid odor.

5. Allergies — Hair loss in cats, along with rashes or skin irritation, may come from allergies to flea bites or foods. Food or inhalation allergies are often seen over the face.

6. Compulsive Grooming — Stressed or anxious cats may often over groom, leaving patches across the back or abdomen—and consequently produce more hairballs.

7. Feline Cushing’s Disease — Thyroid deficiencies or over-productive thyroid glands can cause symmetrical hair loss across the body.

To help care for your cat’s coat can prevent some forms of cat hair loss. Always feed your cat well balanced diets, and groom often. The occasional bath will aid with dry skin, and help remove some layers of loose hair during shedding season.