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  1. This is a very helpful site. I am worrying myself silly over my Abyssinian cat who has a very bare belly. I inherited him from my recently deceased uncle. The vet suggested a bucket collar or amitriptyline and I don’t want to use either of these methods. He seems well in himself apart from this baldness and being timid.

    • Hi Avril. Thanks. Yes, it sounds like a classic case of anxiety. I am sure you are doing it but try and make his life as calm as possible. Plenty of reassurances, great food, and a place to hide. This is important. I agree with you that drugs are not a good idea. I’d rather he was bald on his belly than taking anti-anxiety pills. I don’t know how long he has been with you. The change of location may be a factor in his anxiety. This will go away in time as he acclimatises. Good luck to you both.

      • Hi Michael,
        Thank you for your reassuring reply. Eugene has been with me for 6 months now and my gut instinct is that there has been too much upset and upheaval during that time and before my uncle died. Thank you so much. Kind regards, Avril

  2. Lili___Wow-what a relief to find someone out there who thinks maybe treating the cause naturally might work like a charm !
    MaMa Theo-my mother cat who is 11-yrs old developed ‘alopecia’ after I had her spayed and her hormonal changes caused weight gain. also-her underbelly was touching the highly scented litter when she used her box and irritating an already undetected by me fungal infection on her tummy she couldn’t lick enough. This was also around the time early on when she was one of the victims suffering from a lowered immune system and twitching/seizures from the Advantage and Front-line I used in the past on my poor cats.

    To make a long story longer, I use “Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar” in her bath 1-to 2 cups >and after 5-treatments her itching and excessive licking on her underbelly have gone away !! I changed the litter to 85% scent/perfume free and her fur has evened out and shows no symptoms of fungus or irritation.
    Naturally it can re-occur so I keep [BACV] in the bathroom and kitchen. P.s.__will clear up yeast/fungal infections in humans rather quickly.
    Eva say’s__
    Thanks

  3. My cat would literally pull chunks of hair out. Then she would chew down to her bone. Vet thought allergies, stress etc. I did some research and discovered ringworm. Ringworm is NOT a worm infestation. Ringworm IS A FUNGAL infection. I am done with vets and decided to treat her natural. I used 1 tablespoon APPLE CIDAR VINEGAR to 1 cup warm water. I would dip her hind legs in the mixture and then blot other areas with paper towel saturated in the cider mixture. Of course I did not apply to the open wound areas. Her hair is beginning to grow back but most importantly she is no longer gnawing at her hind legs. You can increase cider vinegar to even equal parts water. I apply several times a day and she tolerates it perfectly; in fact, she’ getting to enjoy her ‘spa’ treatment. The alopecia has nearly cleared up…in just one week! Also works as great flea repellant. Give it a try…it is not toxic to kitties.

    • Thanks for sharing Lili. Your comment is useful because ringworm is not uncommon and because it itches it causes the cat to attack the area. Your treatment is interesting and I may do a page on this as conventional treatments for ringworm are lengthy and not very pleasant.

  4. There are several reasons for hair loss on a cat. Anxiety issues are right up there but many cats I’ve seen have been sensitive to the laundry soap, floor cleaners or other household solvents. A third big reason for hair loss is due to parasites either fleas, lice or ringworm.

  5. Sometimes stress is unavoidable, our Jozef licked the fur off his inside back legs after a spate of bereavements.
    A cat doing this needs lots of tlc and attention and it grows back ok.

    • Absolutely agree. Charlie was stressed and he licked the fur of his belly and inside of his hind legs. I forget how I calmed him down. It may have been a reaction to the loss of my mother (she died) his former caretaker, and settling into a new home. That is more than enough to stress a cat to over-groom. Cats are sensitive, more so than a lot of people realize I believe.

    • Ruth,
      Please read my story below. I tried everything for my kitty. Worked for my kitty was 1 tablespoon Apple cider vinegar to 1 cup warm water. Saturate areas, as long as no open wounds, and hair is growing back after 1 week. Turns out to be a fungal infection…ringworm, apply several times a day. She no longer gnaws, itches or pulls her hair out. Hope it helps. Oh yes the mixture is not toxic to cats. You can also adjust ratio to even parts. Good luck and hope this helps…Lili

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