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  1. my eleven months old cat is having little hair loss on both of her elbows.one side looks more strange as its having red bumps and some bumps are little yelloish like i guess. dr said its allergy and told me to change her food. i used to give her cow meat but now i give him whiskas chicken in jelly flavour. still nothing happened. i in between the process was and still using cicatrin powder as prescribed by doc. nothing happened. the rash or what ever it is heals a little bit but not completely then starts again and gets worsin. this situation have happened 4 to 5 times with me since i have adopted it. please i am really tired of finding it and having bad luck so far .. again and again :/ so pleaseeeee help me find out or if anyone knows please tell me . i am really stressed because of this prob. PLUS he runs, eats alot, purrs, jumps and walks normally. there is no fever. his claws are cut properly.he does not have any eye infections or rainny nose or problems in ear. he is very active .here are the pics of my baby’s problem .less infected side is left side and more infected side is right side.

      • i wanted to add that he scratches and nibbles these areas alot. he is an indoor cat. have never gone out. i flea treat him by the vet every month as said by dr. have done his vaccines etc. today i went to dr. but he went to other city for something.. so his compounder/assistent gave my baby antibiotic injection named Farox. he told me to come again on this monday and wednesday for the antibiotic inj.he is very healthy as he should be for his age.the area where he gave injection is wet like this and 5 hours have pased. now kind of i am feeling guilty as i should have waited a bit for the dr to come i dont know what he have given to him. is faron ok or not . very depressed. this condition of his started since i adopted him but it was a reallllly small littleeee hard bump. oh yes he was a street cat . no actually he was someones cat . i printed posters to find his owner but no one came. so now if his owner will find him i Wont give him to them. now he is my baby. i cant live without him. 🙂

          • hi dr. sorry for late reply..work load 🙂 thanks am its on neck . i use front line spray. can anyone get allergy because of it? but before i used fletic but still little allergy was there but was not this much spread as it is now. 🙁 ill attach their pics.

            • this one i used before because fleas come back early you know what i mean but front line makes sure no flea stays and they come back after a long time like a month or one and a half month.

              • i got this info from net dr. hope its helpfull

                FRONTLINE SPRAY comes in 100ml, 250ml and 500ml sizes. FRONTLINE SPRAY provides your cat with protection against fleas and ticks in the following ways:
                Controls Brown Dog ticks when applied monthly.
                Controls Paralysis ticks when applied every 3 weeks.
                Controls adult fleas when applied every 4 to 8 weeks.
                Controls Flea Allergy Dermatitis when applied monthly to the affected pet. All other dogs and cats in the household should be routinely treated too.
                Can be used on kittens from 2 days of age.
                Always read the FRONTLINE SPRAY label for full administration details and safety directions.
                Speak to your vet for further advice on flea control using FRONTLINE SPRAY.

  2. I just noticed some hair loss and these spots that come up in just the last 24-48 hrs. (Hopefully pics upload.) He’s inside as much as he is outside and we haven’t seen him scratching or grooming more so I don’t know if it’s actually bothering him but I don’t know if it’s something that should be treated now or not. I don’t know if I need to just watch it or go ahead and take him to the vet. I didn’t see any posts very similar so I thought I’d ask your advice please?

  3. An adult male, orange tabby adopted us 2 years ago. Judging by all the nicks in his ears, he’s had a tough life. He’s tolerant and even sweet to the kittens we bring home–but only kittens. We live in the country and we welcome any and all outside mousers, but he ferociously chases off all other adult cats, including the original outside cat that came with the house.

    In the couple years he’s been with us, his fur gets thin from time to time on his tail and down his back. It seems particularly thin right now, only down his back, and a 2 1/2″ either side of his backbone. He has a good appetite, his eyes are clear and bright, and he seems healthy otherwise. Any thoughts?

    • Hi Carol. For me the cause is either (a) psychogenic alopecia – compulsive grooming due to stress or (b) feline endocrine alopecia, which can be confused with the other cause. Here is a page:

      http://cat-chitchat.pictures-of-cats.org/2008/08/feline-endocrine-alopecia.html

      If I am correct, the stress is not caused by something you are doing but the inherent territorial rights that he has to maintain due to his background. My guess is that if he lived in a sole cat household he’d be okay.

      My assessment is based symmetrical hair loss. Male orange tabbies like to be boss cats. This may be a driving factor. Hair loss in cats is nearly always caused by overgrooming

      Grooming is a calming activity. Or the grooming will be due to itchiness caused by an allergen perhaps. Hope this helps. I am not a vet.

  4. Just reporting back after being the vet yesterday ($135, ouch!!). He did a swab and checked for mites – nothing. He also said it didn’t really look like ringworm, but couldn’t completely be ruled out. In his opinion it’s most likely an allergy. Difficult to track down to what. It could be food, however a food-exclusion-diet to find out if it’s a particular kind of meat or crackers is impossible, as our cat seems good at finding all kinds of food sources around the neighbourhood.

    So he gave him a shots of steroids and steroid tablets for three weeks. That definitely stopped the itching for him, but he is still losing some more hair around the areas. I’ll report back in a few weeks.

    Good to know that it’s most likely nothing us humans can catch off him…

    • I just wanted to say that it all cleared up quickly with the steroids (Prednil 5mg tablets, 2x/day for 5 days, then 1x/day for 5 days and then 1x/day every 2nd day) and the hair started to slowly grow back after about a week of treatment. So it most likely was not ringworm but some sort of infection or allergic reaction. No trace of it now, hair has fully grown back and all is well again 🙂

      • Thanks Izzy for the update. That was nice of you. The trouble with steroids is that they are not really a cure. They force things to be better but the underlying cause is still there. Good luck and I am pleased it has cleared up.

        • Very true Michael, I am not a big fan of steroids at all and agree that they treat the symptoms, not the cause. However, I think that whatever caused it was out of our control – e.g. a reaction to something out of our home, as we had not changed his food, cleaning products we use, etc. As it is very hard to find out the underlying issues, especially with an outdoor cat, I’m glad that the steroids helped so quickly.
          Keep up the great work with this page, I hope it will help many others to narrow down what’s troubling their four-legged friend.

  5. Hello! Our cat Rudolph has got a few bold spots on his head since 3 days ago. One larger one (about 4cm x 1cm) and a couple of smaller ones. They happened overnight and don’t seem to be spreading. They are not round or red, however it looks like he has scratched it so much that he tore his skin a little bit. I think the scab on the picture (which has since fallen off) is from him scratching it – or from a fight?? It seems quite itchy for him and he is also shaking his head often. The bold spots happened basically overnight, about 3 days ago and there were some almost parallel lines/scratches (cat paw?).

    He suffered from a bold patch in almost the same spot a few months ago. Back then it didn’t seem to be that itchy for him though. The vet suspected ringworm and it cleared up within a month of applying miconazole cream daily. That’s what I’m putting on again at the moment. As he seems to be scratching and cleaning these spots a lot, do you think a head cone would help? He keeps rubbing his head against everything, which he usually doesn’t do that much. If it’s ringworm, I don’t want him to spread it all over the house.

    Other than the scratching he does not seem stressed, no other cats in the house, he is very settled.
    He can go inside/outside as he likes day and night, so is in contact (/fights?) with other cats around the neighbourhood.

    He gets fed good quality, grain free cat crackers in the mornings and chicken necks, fried beef/lamb/kangaroo offcuts from the butcher, occasional tin of spring water water tuna in the evenings. So I don’t think it’s an allergy to any food. This is the only diet we found that doesn’t make him throw up.

    Any help much appreciated. If it gets worse I’ll go to the vet, but we’ve spend so much money there already this year. He is a rescue cat, about 5-10 years old and we got him a year ago.

    • We are using Revolution (60mg/ml selamectin, 0.75ml) once a month to keep him from getting worms and fleas. He sometimes loses a tiny patch of fur where applied, this is different though.

    • Hello Izzy. Thanks for visiting and asking. My guess is that the rapid appearance of baldness is due to scratching and not the ring worm itself which I think you will agree with.

      Ringworm do not cause boldness that quickly. It is very slow acting and in fact is not normally that itchy so I am a bit surprised that he has found it so itchy and scratched it causing the baldness (if I’m correct).

      It looks like ringworm because your vet diagnosed it and the treatment cleared it up. The picture indicates ringworm but pictures are not an ideal way to diagnose (for a layperson like me 😉 )

      I don’t think this was caused by a fight. The extra itchiness may be due to the scratching which may in turn result in an infection but he appears not to have an infection.In fact I’m fairly certain that that is why he continued to scratch the area. He is making things worse through scratching so what was once a little bit itchy is now more itchy. On that basis, I would agree that an Elizabethan collar (a cone) is a good idea. You might want to check with your vet on the phone about that.

      The trouble with ringworm is it is very difficult to get rid of in my experience. And you will have to figure out where it came from. You also have to protect yourself from it. They probably originates from the outside if your cat goes outside which appear to be the case.

      The trouble is that the spores which cause the ring worm get onto the cat’s bedding and onto the carpet and anywhere else within the home which perpetuates the condition. It needs a pretty rigourous approach to get rid of it.

      The experts say you have to get rid of all the cat’s bedding. Vacuum clean the home routinely. I might do a page about that. What I mean is how to treat ringworm at home and get rid of it permanently.

      In conclusion, it looks as though the initial problem was ringworm but which is now scratching which has entered into a cycle which has to be stopped and the ringworm cleared up and prevented from reappearing. I may do some more work on this in a new page later on today. Very best of luck with this.

      • Thanks a million for your quick reply. I just checked and when the vet suspected ringworm last time, the test actually showed no fungus to be present. The test results just only came back after it had cleared up. Very confused now. Last time we did a very thorough clean of the house and washed all bedding and added an anti-fungicide. However, we have since moved houses and the new place is a fairly old, large share house which is entirely carpeted. There are so many beds and couches he sleeps on it seems impossible to clean it all, in particular the old carpet. I think if I could stop the constant scratching and cleaning it may get better, I will give the vet a call tomorrow. Thanks so much for your help!! If you know of any ointments or remedies that can be used to stop itchiness for cats, please let me know.

        • If it is not ringworm it could be a infection under the skin as you mentioned a possible fight. I presume there is no sign of an infection. Is there a slight bump? I doubt there is. Those areas of inflammed skin, are they scratches? Other than these possibilities there are many parasite possibles. Even ear mites can travel from the ear to the head but I doubt it is ear mites.

          I presume the problem existed at the former home too so it is not related to the environment (an allergen).

          • It really does not look inflamed to me (not read or hot, no bump). Really just bold and a little dry. He does not seem distressed and is eating, sleeping and behaving as usual. Just a little annoyed by it when he scratches it, so I haven’t been to the vet yet. The greasy looking hair if from the anti-fungal cream, not any puss. It seems to be spreading though and I am clueless, so I may have to fork out the money for the vet.

                • I don’t see any scratches nor do I see anything wrong with the skin in these pictures. I presume the wetness is the cream you are applying. Have you seen him scratching? It almost looks like the hair just fell out.

                  P.S. I have just read your earlier comment the cream. If he seems well in himself and there are no signs of illness and the condition can be contained and stabilised, I’d wait and watch.

              • Thanks again for your answer, Michael! There are no more lines or marks from scratches now, those scabs have fallen off. However today I saw a couple of spots where there was some dried blood. He does scratch and clean it quite a bit, but it doesn’t seem to interrupt his usual patterns of eating, going for walks, sleeping, cuddles, etc Is there anything you can recommend I could use to clean the areas? He gets sand and soil on it outside and I feel like I should clean it at least a couple of times a day. Weak saltwater solution? Cool chamomile tea? Do these have adverse effects on cats? I have stopped using the anti-fungal cream after finding out from the vet that it was not ring worm last time.

                • I’d just make sure the area is clean. Of course, cats are very clean so theoretically it requires no intervention from yourself except careful observation. He seems to me that he is a bit better but at a distance I can’t be sure. At this stage, this seems to be about watching and waiting.

              • When inspecting the area before, another little chunk of fur just came off. It is getting summer here in Australia and he has been losing a lot of hair, however this still had the skin attached. If it gets worse over the weekend, I’ll go to the vet next week and report back here with findings. Thanks again for your time and easing my mind!

  6. Hello, my 7 month old cat is losing hair massively which causing me a headache cause I don’t trust vets in my country, they’re either hypocritical or having a lack of knowledge. However, she’s losing hair in general and in the area between eyes and ears. She’s also having thick black acne. Please mind that I adopted her 4 months ago and her Oestrus Cycle had started last month. I once tried to cure the acne swapping Povidone-Iodine 10% on her chin and started using disposable plates, it was gone for a couple of days but got back even thicker. Please help.

  7. Greetings. My 1.3 year old tuxedo cat..started presenting small black crusty scabs in between his whiskers. As he is an indoor/ outdoor cat I assumed it was a scratch or bite…until the fur started coming off and the hair loss area spread. The sskin looks ashy and dry and causes pain..when I touch it…it obviously hurts. There are no bumps or pustules. It does not ooze. Please steer me in a direction as to how this could be treated. He is healthy otherwise with no fleas or worms. I did shampoo him about 3 weeks ago. This condition started 1 week ago as a small black scab between his whiskers.

  8. I have a 7 year old calico cat and I noticed quite a while back that she had hair loss on the underside of her belly, almost as if she had just been spayed, this is not true however as we’ve had her for all of those 7 years and she was spayed as a kitten. She’s a wonderful cat and is an indoor outdoor cat (has her own cat door) and comes and goes as she pleases. She tends to leave in the morning and is infront of the house by the time I’ve come home and wants to come in through the front door. The hair loss is only in this area and she doesn’t overgroom this as ive been watching her. She doesnt like people touching is and will growl and hiss if you mess with it. The area feels like it was shaved, as the area is stubby. The hair doesn’t grow back and I’m not sure why it’s like this. She’s very active and loves to be outdoors. We also have one more cat, a netured tabby male who is overweight, and three dogs. She gets along wonderfully with all of these and she and the tabby share the same food bowl and are free fed. If it was something in the food it would have effected them both, though he is perfectly fine.

    I noticed the spot on her probably in June (best guess of around then, it was quite a while back). If you have any idea what this would be please tell me, it is greatly appreciated! 🙂

    • Hi Ashley, you hint at the obvious reason: over grooming due to stress but you don’t believe that is the cause. As she is an outdoor cat she may be grooming out of your sight during the day. If she looks and behaves as if she is healthy the bald patch would point to over grooming.

      The area feels like it was shaved, as the area is stubby.

      That does indicate that grooming has shaved the hair down. I don’t think her not liking the area to be touched is very significant because cats generally don’t like that area of their bodies being fiddled with.

      Do you know her movements when outside? Does she visit another house? Do you put her out? It seems she has freedom of movement which shouldn’t cause stress. But something might be troubling her.

      I presume the skin where the bald patch is, is clear and healthy. That being the case it would eliminate the possibility that the skin is itchy.

      Was there a change to her lifestyle way back in June? If you can’t positively identify a cause of stress you might ask a vet to look at it. Good luck and thanks for asking.

      • She does hang out in our neighbors backyard sometimes but our neighbors don’t mind it. Oddly I don’t remember much happening back in June. One of my old neighbors may have passed during that month but she never came outside and my cat wouldn’t notice much difference other than the rapid remodeling of her house to resell, (it sold, haven’t met new neighbors yet) could this be a option on the stress count?

        Oh, I just thought of a possibility, but thinking about it now, her problem started before her stress licking. Our street has been very loud and active as people have been putting in the sewer on our street. But this may have prolonged whatever had bothered her.

        It may have been that she and my other cat dont enjoy shareing my bedroom, let alone my bed. They won’t fight, but they hiss and swat in argument when they both get in my bed. They are both my cats and they love me (I would hope) it starte around then aswell. But I don’t know how to fix it.

        So that’s my only idea as far as stress, she’s a very loving cat and I wouldn’t ever assume stress to be a problem otherwise.

  9. Hi I found a kitten and decided to take it home. After having it for around a week and half I noticed that it had a bumb on its tail and now the área where the bump is keeps losing hair. I don’t know if this could be contagious? Or what it is?

  10. We are taking care of a young stray tabby cat we noticed it has no hair on its rear left leg and foot it doesn’t look deseased or scaly could someone advise me what the problem is its a male not fixed .thanks for the help.

    • Hi Harold, How long have you been looking after this cat? If it is a shortish time I’d watch and wait if there are no signs of ill health in the cat. It may have caused by some localised problem. A chemical he stepped in? An injury of some sort. I’d try and keep him inside or closely supervised so you can see how things develop with the leg (signs of hair growing back). If there are no signs of skin problems on the leg and it is localised to the leg it does indicate to me an “injury” of some sort but without more it is impossible to guess what it might be. Thanks for visiting and asking.

  11. hello! I have a two year old cat, (breed unknown), and I have noticed that on the front of her front legs there is slight redness and a bit of hair loss. he skin is showing pink through her fur and I have noticed a few small bumps. I am not sure how this world be caused.

    • I would observe your cat carefully over a period of a couple of days to see if she is constantly grooming the area where there is hair loss. It seems that she is because the skin is itchy. I’d check other parts of her body to see if there are lumps on the skin where there is hair. If there are red lumps and pustules on the skin where there is no hair loss, the problem is probably an allergy to an allergen and the most common is probably the flea bite allergy. Check for fleas.

      If the small red bumps are only on the legs where there is hair loss the cause might be over grooming. This may be due to stress. If that is the case ask questions about the environment and whether it is calm and settled enough.

      I sense that the most likely reason is itchy skin and an allergy or perhaps contact dermatitis. Check where she is walking. Is she walking in areas where there might be something that could cause dermatitis. Good luck and thanks for asking.

  12. oh my gosh i am getting you all confused. i noticed i put the name chad and tyler in the comments. Im so sorry for making you confused. Chad was my cat that died before i adopted tyler. i am so sorry for this confusion. i feel real dumb now.

  13. Hello. My cat Chad was a rescue cat i adopted Nov. 2012. He was and still is a beautiful cat, however, it was a friend that actually noticed that Chad has lost alot of his hair that made him the beauty he was. Tyler use to be so full of hair that bordered his face. Thick full hair. In fact his tail was so thick with hair, my friend use to comment on how you could use his tail as a dusting wand. Since my friend noticed the other day the denseness in his looks now, i was concerned is anything wrong? Should i be alarmed? Tyler is a licker but he of course could not lick the sides of his face and the border hair. He does groom the tail alot however. Otherwise, Tyler is a healthy cat. Good appetite and likes play. Thank you.

    • Hi Jayme. I made up a comparison photo. I’ll need a little while to think about this. In the meantime can you tell me his age and confirm that there is no change in behavior between the before and after photos.

      hair loss in longhaired cat

      • Hello. As much as i can gather, Tyler (sorry not chad)was approx 2.5 years old when he was adopted Nov. 2012. I was in another apartment at the time being displaced due to a major fire. Tyler was in the other apartment for about 3 months before i was moved back into the other apartment that had sustained the fire. So, presently, this is the only home he has known aside from those 3 months in the other. He seemed to adapt well. I have him on the wellness diet. Both wet and dry food. That is what he has been on since i adopted him. It has been only he and i the whole time. I live alone. He is still active. Waking up early to play. He runs room to room having fun. He has practically full run of the home. Same litter as well. The pine brand. Only thing that would be different is furnishings. After the fire, i had to refurnish my home. To me, i found no difference in behavior between the two homes. I think he was found as a stray according to the shelter. I did find him one morning sitting outside on the ledge of my bedroom window. I woke up in a panic wondering how in the world did he get outside! I found that he had made a wide rip in the screen and made his way out. He was sitting there as if this was the norm and he had done it all along. I coaxed him back inside with the promise of food and he casually walked back through the screen hole. Windows have not been opened since. He is a curious, lively cat. He notices every cat outdoors. Every skunk. Every insect that is inside the place.

        • Hi Jayme, He is not old so shouldn’t lose hair like this. I sense something is going on. Something subtle is happening which is hard to spot and ascertain which is causing the hair loss.

          What you are saying is Tyler was fine in the other apartment where you stayed for 3 months before moving into your apartment which had been damaged by fire and was refurbished and refurnished.

          When you moved in he his “mane” (ruff) was normal and only recently or gradually his ruff has gone. For the time being if we say he is apparently healthy I can only think of five possible causes:

          1. Some sort of allergy due to any allergen. Very hard to pin these down and there are no signs such as skin irritation that points to this possibility
          2. Fire retardant in the furnishings (they are noxious to cats at least potentially)
          3. Carpet chemicals – rare possibility
          4. Stress. I would try and leash train him. I’ll take time. And then take Tyler outside. Let him behave as he did when he was a stray but on the leash i.e. he is safe. My gut feeling is that he needs to be able to explore the outside safely. If he is already able to go outside then forget this obviously
          5. Mild hyperthyroidism – is he hungry and restless?

          Conclusion: there is something wrong but not seriously at the moment. It could be hard to locate the problem. Thanks for visiting and asking. The very best of luck and please update me in the future if you are inclined to.

  14. I have an Abyssinian Female 6 years old. (I have 4 Abyssinians) I have had here since she was a kitten. All of a sudden over night it seems she is losing her top coat. Her undercoat that is fuzzy like a kitten is still there. If I pet her I get an entire handful of her ticked top coat. I have had Abyssinians since I was 6 years old and now am in my 40’s. I have never seen anything like this. She is not scratching or itching. She is not biting… She does not have any bald spots. She is simply losing all her ticking fur. I took her to the Vet yesterday and he said “Oh she is just shedding”. Aby’s don’t shed like this! I have had over 14 Aby’s in my lifetime. THIS IS NOT NORMAL. Please do you have any idea what is wrong? Can you guide me? HELP…

        • Sheryl, you wrote this..

          I took her to the Vet yesterday and he said “Oh she is just shedding”. Aby’s don’t shed like this!

          Having seen this picture (a good photo by the way, well done) and having thought about it for a white (outside in the sun!) and bearing in mind she is healthy (all the signs are that she is healthy), I have to the conclusion that she is shedding a lot as your veterinarian says.

          I have a cat that on occasions sheds a similar amount.

          We know that the amount cats shed depends on the amount of ambient light not heat. I don’t know where you live but perhaps there is an environment reason why she has shed more than normal.

          I would watch and wait and for time being take this as shedding perhaps more than usual but still fur shedding.

          Thanks for visiting and engaging in a nice conversation and providing good photos.

          • We live in Washington State, East of Seattle. We get less sun than Seattle in North Bend and almost exactly twice the rain. I will wait and see as you suggested. However in all my years with Abyssinians I have never seen one lose its ticking hairs. Thank you for your help.

      • The vet ruled out hyperthyroidism. She has no other symptoms. Just massive loss of her ticking fur. I did one soft stroke across her back and this is how much of her ticking fur comes off. I just stopped petting her because she is losing all the fur. Left only with kitten like fluff. She has lost most of her ticking on her sides in a matter of 24 hours.

  15. Hi i noticed that when i got back from school that my cat is missing a good sized patch of fur, i think it may be stressed related but not she, she is always with me when i’m here sleeps right next to me and doesn’t like when i leave, but i have to leave for a few months at a time for college. Dont really have the month to goto a vet so im trying to find out any info that i can to help her. The patch is in the area where she was neutered i’m not sure if that matters.

    • Hi Evan, to me it looks like over-grooming because the area is accessible by her (convenient) and I don’t see any skin problems.

      The skin looks clear indicating that the skin is not itchy due to an allergy or parasite.

      Over-grooming is a calming activity for a cat so it might be she is a bit stressed as you say.

      You should be able to confirm this by observing her. Does she groom that place a lot?

      If not it requires a rethink. If she is otherwise healthy there is no panic.

      Good luck.

    • There looks to be a bit of a rash in that area.
      I’m guessing that it may be ringworm which is nothing more than a fungus.
      It wouldn’t hurt to apply miconazole ointment there twice a day.
      It’s very cheap if you go to Walmart. Look through their bins of 98 cent stuff until you find it. It may be labeled for “jock itch” (same fungus), read the box and it should say Miconazole 1%.

  16. A few months ago you gave me some advice for cat that was losing hair and urinating on my counter top. I followed your advice. The loss of hair problem has been taken care of but she is still urinating on my counter. Any suggestions. Thank you.
    Raetta

    • Hi Raetta. I have forgotten the detail as to why you think she is urinating on the counter. However….This is unusual (peeing on the counter). When a cat urinates deliberately in places other than the litter box it can often be because of stress.

      She is making the place friendlier by depositing her smell. The countertop is a place that you use and I think she’s mixing her smell with yours to make herself feel more secure.

      Is there anything happening in the home which may make her feel insecure? Examples of this might be: you are away from home quite a lot, there’s a stranger living in a home, there is some noise outside, a cat is entering the home, a cat is wandering outside which may upset a slightly, you are living with somebody who doesn’t like cats etc..

      I think what I would do is to make sure the home is calm and make sure the cat litter is acceptable to your cat by trying different cat litters (this may not be a factor but I mention it in case).

      There is a one other possibility which is that she may have a urinary tract infection. This can be exacerbated by stress and dry cat food. Infections of the urinary tract can result in a cat urinating very small amounts of urine, sometimes bloody urine. Is this happening? Is she urinating sometimes in other areas but in very small quantities? If that is the case it will be a medical problem and she will need antibiotics administered by a veterinarian and you may have to change the diet and the environment possibly as well.

      I hope this helps. I don’t know the full background. Therefore there is a lot of guesswork in this. However, what I’ve said is typical of urinating in the wrong place.

  17. Hi Michael! I stumbled upon this thread while researching, and I had a few questions. My cat has started to lose patches of hair on her front legs, shoulder blades, and other places on her back. The bald patches don’t seem to be irritated or infected. She definitely has not lost any weight. She doesn’t act aggressive. The only visible problem is the few areas lacking hair. Do I have anything to worry about? Thank you!

    • Have you had a close look at the skin? Is it completely normal? Not bumps. Not scaly. You describe general hair loss. It does not sound like parasites or allergies. It sounds more like endocrine issues – a guess. Cats should not lose hair generally so there may be an underlying condition that is not causing other symptoms.

      How old is she? It sounds as if she is an older cat. I’d have a vet check her out only because it may signal an underlying disease. There are so many possible causes.

      Good luck.

      • Thank you for responding. Her skin seems to be completely normal, no redness or sores. She’s only 3 years old.

        Thank you!

    • Hi Rosa. Your photo didn’t upload. That may be because it was too large. Licking and biting like that indicates (to me) irritation in the skin. Sudden biting is in fact heavy-handed grooming due to spikes of skin irritation. You mention “yellow patches on her back”. This sounds like a skin problem. Are you referring to her skin? I don’t think you are referring to fur turning yellow. I would look at her skin. Are there red inflamed areas? Is she causing the skin to break through over-grooming? I feel this is another allergy case. Could be food or something in the environment. But I am guessing big time. If it is an allergy ask whether there has been any changes in the home or food etc. Are you using any new household products? Any new furniture or household objects?

  18. My 13 month old kitten seems to have some minor scabbing on his neck and a bit around the jaw area. He has been like this off and on for a few months. He does have a littermate who is the same age and they are both playful neutered males. The other cat does have ECG and I have no idea as to the cause. They both eat from stainless steel or glass dishes, they eat grain free wet food, no kibble but the occasional temptation treat.
    The cat in question has been seen by the vet and she suspects a skin infection and feels that it is unlikely another ECG case. She prescribed some Clavaseptin for 2 weeks and said that under the scab was some puss.
    Could this be from the 2 cats play fighting they both have claws. I try to keep them trimmed but not sure if play fighting could be a cause of the scabs? She checked for fleas and there was no flea evidence. She also said it would be hightly unlikely that this would be another allergy problem, could this be true?

    • Hi Daizey. For visitors, in this instance ECG stands for “eosinophilic granuloma complex”. I don’t think play fighting would cause this. Cats don’t scratch or bite that area in play fighting at all or to that extent.

      To me this is one of those mysterious allergic reactions. I am probably wrong but I think there are hazardous households products (chemicals) that we are unaware of. The problem area is the jaw area. The fur there is quite thin. Might it be due to contact with something? Have you checked where they rest and how they place their heads when resting? You mention food bowls as a possible cause which is a good point but there may be something in a rug, carpet or furniture that causes this (please click on the links). Just a big guess. Your vet hasn’t diagnosed the problem which to me indicates allergy.

      I don’t know why your vet thinks it can’t be another allergy problem because there may be a common cause – look for a common cause. Thanks for asking – sorry I can’t be more helpful. I know how concerning these things are.

  19. We gave my cat an injection (anti-infection) the wrong way, it was supposed to be on a specific place on his thigh but my brother did it wrong and now his thigh is blueish and he has a square of hairloss on the back of his leg and we can not call our vet until thursday. is it urgent? What can we do? We’re very worried. please reoly soon.

    • It sounds serious to me. Sorry. Urgent vet care required in my opinion and a lesson learned. Don’t give injections unless you are absolutely sure. I’d find another vet who is available if I was you.

  20. Hi. I have a question, please. Thanks for your site and information. My 14 year old persian has a bunch of very thin, bald like places on his back after I combed him last week. I think I am one of those people that is too aggressive with the grooming and need to leave it to professionals 🙂 He is not ill , the hair thinning and loss is just from me. I worry that i have done some damage to his coat. Will this grow out? If this is not the forum for this I apologize, but just looking for answers. Thanks and take care.

    • It will be OK and come back in my opinion. I guess you used a Furminator too vigorously or something like that. Just allow time and be gentle for a while. I hope he accepts grooming in the future because it was probably uncomfortable for him. Good luck. At least you know what happened and why.

      I always like questions 😉

  21. hello my chat is loseing hair first we noticed it arround the neck area were it is little bumps dried scabs with slight hair lose. now his belly hair seems to be thining alot. he also be coughing and vomiting his food after he eats it. any suggestions of what this could be?

    • Hi Julie. I am afraid that this is going to be too complex to resolve over the Internet like this.

      It might be the case that the vomiting and coughing is not linked to hair loss but it might be and their lies one difficulty.

      But let’s say that the vomiting is linked to hair loss then in my opinion you have a potentially serious illness, an underlying illness which can only be resolved by taking your cat to the veterinarian.

      It made for example be an allergy. Have you considered it being a food allergy? Have you tried hypoallergenic cat food?

      It is probable that the hair loss around the neck is due to scratching which means the skin itches. Itchy skin can be caused by a number of things including flea bite allergy. That is the area where please congregate so here is another question: can you guarantee that your cat is free of fleas? Do you comb your cat with a flea comb?

      I would all these basics first and I would certainly take your cat to the vet. Thanks for asking anyway and I’m sorry that it is impossible to provide a more complete answer.

  22. I think my cat, Mooshu, has been sick for a long time now. A few months ago, he’d get these very infected abscesses every month on his paws, head, and stomach. Even some of our other cats have gotten these abscesses, though ever as bad. He’s stopped having the abscesses thankfully but ever since they started, he started becoming very thin. Usually Mooshu likes to stay outside for 2-3 days exploring before coming home to rest for a day or two. Well earlier this week he came back as usual but he never left. He hates staying inside for long periods of time and so far this week, he’s only gone outside maybe once or twice each day just to use the restroom. He’s been very tired and has been sleeping the days away. Every since he came inside, I’ve noticed very rough white stuff appear all over his back paws, front paws, elbows, cheeks, groin, and forehead. It feels extremely rough to the tough and doesn’t seem like it’s his skin. If I pick it up it literally lifts all the surrounding skin aloud with it. The parts on his cheeks and elbows can be slightly scratched off but not the ones anywhere else. His mood doesn’t seem different besides the fact that he’s so tired and as far as I know, this isn’t an allergic reaction as we haven’t bought different cat food in a few months; we always get the same brand.

  23. Nope, no blood marks that I can see, he’s always been distrusting of humans, so isn’t the type of cat to sit on your lap, but I’ve never seen any areas of blood. They are all indoors, and all get the flea treatment. He’s sitting near me now, licking away like he always does. Doesn’t look harsh, but since it’s constant I assume it must be… and the hair loss is a worry. The vet has never done anything to test it, we’ve been twice and they said it was linked to fleas (may be true, but no test) and each time costing £50 seems harsh as it’s not anything that cures it, just stops it itching him for a bit, but he doesn’t seem to stop licking completely, just it stops being as harsh an outcome. Confused…!

  24. I’m going slightly insane… my kitty is losing a lot of fur, he’s always had what we assume is a flea problem and has had very mild fur loss, taken to the vet twice, they’ve given an injection to make it all milder, which does help in that he doesn’t scratch, but it’s never cured. We’ve now tried at least 4 different flea treatments, always working them for a couple of months to see if it takes a while to react, but no help. He’s now looking a lot more “worn”, and has lost specs of fur all over, and his belly is now showing pale skin (he’s a black cat). He’s one of 5 in our house. If it is fleas, the others are in no way showing that same reaction. Part of me is reluctant to take him to the vet as he gets an injection of something and they say to try the flea treatment, which we are… but it does nothing. He’s just constantly scratching and licking himself, and I get it might not be easy to diagnose, but regardless, we’re trying to solve the flea problem and it isn’t seeming to work. The first time we took him to the vet he got an injection of something, plus we got some flea treatment and some spray for the house. It didn’t seem to work.

    I cannot guarantee it’s fleas, but I would assume it is… but as none of the others are so affected, and we are trying… having so many flea treatments and it not working is driving me mad. I want to take him to the vet again but I’m worried it’ll cost packets. Since we have 5 cats, it’s financially a pain to spend hundreds of pounds on a cat if it doesn’t cure it… they just give him an injection which doesn’t work for long. What can we do?

    • Hi Sarah. Sorry to hear you are having difficulty with hair loss on your black cat. I have a black cat too. He developed a flea bite allergy which caused him to lick the areas where the irritation was. You can tell a flea bite allergy because the skin shows small red inflamed areas. Does your cat have small dots of inflamed skin? On the basis that it is a flea bite allergy that is causing your cat to over-groom in the areas where his skin itches then the only solution really it to remove all fleas from your home.

      This is because you can use a spot flea treatment successfully but it only takes one flea to bite your cat to cause an allergic reaction in him which then causes the irritation and the over-grooming. Therefore you have to remove the all the fleas from the environment. When I happened to move to a different home with my cat he no longer suffered from the flea bite allergy and he is flea-free.

      Obviously, in your home with five cats is harder to keep it free of fleas. Perhaps they go outside as well which increases the possibilities. The books say you have to use all methods to remove fleas from the home as well as provide spot treatments on individual cats. Do the other cats receive a flea spot treatment? If not they should be treated as well unfortunately. Also, do you have carpets? Carpets are good for harbouring fleas. Success might come if you remove all carpets have a clear hard floor, use frontline flea spot treatment on all your cat, perhaps place some diatomaceous earth at the exits and entrances to your home and of course ensure that your home is fully hoovered regularly. It is a challenge.

      Of course all that I’ve mentioned is based upon the fact that your cat has a flea bite allergy and is being bitten very rarely but sometimes by a flea despite being treated with Frontline.

      Be careful with flea treatments. Good luck. Please tell me if he does not have a flea bite allergy. Does your vet say he has a flea bite allergy?

      • Big gap… Tried new cat food, and it seemed to work, had like 2 months supply of biscuits and tinned food and like 3 days before it ran out (tinned first) and his patchy skin seemed to return. Am now giving them new dry food permanently but the tinned food was so expensive, especially as it’s hard to keep watching them and the troubled one wanders off, others eat his food, then he returns for normal food. Anyway, I’m still at a loss. Took him to the vet twice about this, first time they said it’s probably fleas, gave him an injection costing lots, that was that. When I went back a few months later they said probably fleas again, another injection of something that would last a month, costing a mass… Then off I’m sent. So I’ve lost faith in vet. And been using flea treatment regularly. I have found fleas on the cats, but in a year it’s been maybe 2 on the cat with poor fur, and not really anywhere near what you would assume. His fur is still awful, from grooming. If I stroke him he has scabs which have dried up and tighten on the skin which is causing more grooming. He almost has no fur on the back of his back legs

        • I have sort of forgotten this thread but hair loss due to the flea bite allergy is in fact due to over grooming because the skin itches.

          Are you noticing him grooming too much? I think I have mentioned this: just one flea and one flea bite can result in an allergic reaction and itching.

          Do you flea comb him twice per day?! If it is a flea bite allergy flea combing is useful.

          • Mites or lice is something I haven’t considered…hmmm… What annoys the most is that we have 5 cats, and only 1 has the problem. Vet just shrugged it off as fleas, and gave the injection. Both times. Never checked for anything else, which is what drove me mental. Will try for mites, but apart from twice in 6 months I’ve never noticed fleas on him.

            • Uhmmm, if only one cat has the problem I’d have thought it would not be fleas because they transmit very well between cats. Mites are minute parasites. Ear mites are the most common. There is a page on parasites here.

  25. My tuxedo cat has had an issue with hair loss on her ears and sometimes her eye lids. She has been given cortisone, mometamax, atopic and tresaderm. We have changed her diet to a rabbit and pea only food and began using dinovite. Her excessive itching began years ago. She is indoor only and still gets a yearly flea treatment… Today I have found a big patch of skin attached to her white fur. I feel at a loss. I just feel like her ears will always have bald spots. Occasionally they scab. Some days they look healed.

    • Laura, thanks for this. Has your vet scratched his head on this condition? Sorry for the pun. This seems to be an unidentified allergy. I guess you changed the food in case it was a food allergy. Allergens are hard to pin down. Might it be a good idea to change the environment she lives in for a while to see if that helps?

      I am guessing but I sense that this is a long-standing unresolved problem. It seems that the medication is not resolving the matter. Sometimes medications can make things worse as I’m sure you are aware. Depending on how desperate your cat and you are, you might consider stopping all the medications and placing your cat in a foster carer’s home for a while and see what happens. That would at least remove any allergens that are in the environment where your cat lives. This may seem a crazy idea to you (and it may be crazy) and it may be totally unworkable but if an allergen is causing the problem, the solution is to remove the allergen.

      What about removing the flea treatment as well? I know that is not going to be suggested by your vet but flea treatments are insecticides and insecticides are rather nasty chemicals.

      Cats are especially sensitive to pyrethroids. VetMD: “symptoms are based on the type of reaction the cat undergoes, such as: Allergic reactions,itching…..

      Possible reason?

      Try and make her environment as totally natural as possible and if after that the problem is still there you can at least say that the problem is created internally as part of her genetic make up rather than the environment.

  26. Hello!
    My cat is having similar issues to that of Mysa. Thinning of the top coat on his left side predominantly. It was noticed during a visit in march, where my 7 year old orange male cat Stewie was sick, vomiting diarrhoea etc.

    After xray, bloodwork, and no blockage, he was given meds for a bug and was fine as far as sickness goes once the round of antibiotics kicked in. The dr wasnt too concerned about the hair loss, although she noticed it first, I thought it may have been excessive licking due to the diarrhea. Bloodwork was great as usual, no problems in the urine or fecal department. Hes been on a steady diet of C/D for struvite crystals since he was diagnosed at 1 year old. A heart murmur was detected at the visit and were going to revisit that (the dr seemed to think it was stress from being sick) he was down a lb.

    Since then, the hair loss has gotten bigger, his coat goes from bright orange and soft in the face chest torso to dark orange coarse and only undercoat on the one side. His back hip/butt bones stick out and it looks like hes still on the low end of weight, I know hes getting older and with the C/D he doesnt get much more in compensation for diet. No fleas, I’m a stickler and always check to make sure I dont bring them home. No inflammation, no redness, no scratching and I’m not catching any excessive grooming whatsoever, but hair is everywhere.

    Hes always been a big eater (always getting into the trash, trying to steal our food, hes always been this way on the C/D) and very energetic, that hasnt changed, but he has become more clingy and loveable, even sleeping with us, with as funny as it sounds is a bit out of character for him. Hes always been one to come and go as he pleases. I have been giving him extra attention in hopes that maybe its seperation anxiety or excessive grooming that I’m just not seeing, but it hasnt changed. Wouldnt the complete blood panel have picked up a thyroid issue several months ago?

    I have never seen something like this in my short journey as a vet tech a couple years ago, most other things that come up I dont worry about much since I know how to take care of them, but this has me worried. I am planning on taking my cat in asap, but until then an opinion would be nice. Thanks for reading and responding when you have the chance.

    • Hi this is my answer right now but it is not very good:

      • vomiting
      • diarrhoea – mess around bum because of excessive licking due to diarrhoea
      • potential urinary problems
      • heart murmur
      • underweight
      • good appetite
      • energetic

      “Wouldn’t the complete blood panel have picked up a thyroid issue several months ago?”

      – Answer: Yes. I would have thought so.

      The symptoms to a layperson point to hyperthyroidism but as you say wouldn’t this have been picked up.

      This page has a list of diseases causing hair loss.

      • Thanks for the response. I agree that some of his symptoms sound like a thyroid condition, but possibly endocrine too. I’ll have to check with the dr at his appointment if anything on his blood results was boderline or possibly needs to be looked into further.

        I just wanted to clarify that the vomitting an diarhhea cleared up after a week, due to the virus he had back in March, it just so happened to be the time we noticed the hair loss. He hasnt had any vomitting or diarrhea since (hes not even the type to spit up furballs). There Is no hair loss around the bum or tail, mainly just his left side, by the hip/torso and now seems to be starting to lose hair in the same spot on the right – which I have read symetrical hair loss could be cushings. Also we always get his urine checked, the C/D is preventative from the crystals coming back, so as of his last check up/complete panel he had no urinary issues. I keep wondering if the constant use of this food may be triggering something, we switched from chicken to seafood to see if maybe it helps the hair loss.

        For now he seems happy and healthy otherwise, I just hope there isnt something more serious going on, only the dr can tell.

        • PLease give us an update on your cat. The symptoms you are discribing are very similar to my 10yr old stray..Peanut.. I’m frightened by the chunks of hair I’m finding from a short time on the couch, with no grooming..

        • Thanks Alyssia. My reading of these comments etc. indicates what you mention: some sort of hormonal problem. But they are rather mysterious these hair loss problems. If you can find the time to tell us your vet’s diagnosis it would be nice.

  27. Yeah no more of that I always put it on the back of her neck but something must have gone wrong. It is like bulging but like I said no wound looks like a huge bruise.. You think she will need surgery? Doesn’t seem like the inflammation has gone down

    • This looks like the area where the spot treatment was placed. It looks a bit nasty. From what i have read you should stop using this product entirely. But don’t use any sprays – they are worse. In fact I would avoid all insecticides at least until you have a handle on the problem. Insecticides are potentially dangerous.

  28. Not much to go off of but thank you for the response you are doing a really good deed with this blog helping a lot of people out for a while

    • Pleased that she seems OK. Your picture was probably too large to upload. There is a link below near the words “It failed?” which discusses how to get a photo into a comment. Good luck.

  29. My 4 year old cat cocoa is an indoor cat but she gets out sometimes i recently changed her liter to all natural liter and gave her a dose of small cat advantage 2 which was dose number two of three but instead of every month i give her every couple months never noticed her being allergic to it but after letting her inside one day the day after i noticed she was hiding out on top of a bin i lifted her up and she waslimp for the next couple of days she wouldnt eat or get up when she did it took a lot of energy i noticed a line of fur missing no wound and nowher belly near her nipples is reddish brown i have an appt in a couple days but it is killing me not knowning please help

    • Chelsea, I sorry to hear this. It is horrible waiting to find out. However, from your description it is impossible make a sensible comment. Are you saying the day after you gave her the flea treatment she was limp? That seems to be it. Well, I did a bit of research and found this in Amazon:

      The first couple of days after applying this product to my cats it seemed to be working great. Especially for my cat who seems to be very sensitive to fleas. However today I watched one of them fall off a fairly tall piece of furniture twice (something he is on every day and has never fallen off of before) and strangely like he went limp or something. Then a little while later I watched as my other cat who was just standing on the floor fell with her back legs slamming together and her front paws trying to get a grip. Then I read on a few different websites that it has been found that in RARE occasions this product can have neurological effects….

      Cat goes limp on being given Advantage 2 flea treatment

      This may be what has happened – It is a guess. Your vet will tell you. How is your cat now? Best of luck to you both. Stop using the treatment.

  30. I have a 2 yr old female cat that has the same condition as Andy’s cat picture dated 5/24/14 looks like the same kind of cat. However my cat has clusters of freckle like condition. In the last week the sink has turned into open and kind of runny sores all the way to her ears. It doesn’t seem to bother her as she doesn’t scratch it. Any ideas?
    Thank you

    • In Andy’s picture his cat just had thinning hair which is not unusual for that position on the body but if your cat has “runny sores” it means either a skin condition and/or your cat is scratching itchy skin.

      The usual causes are parasites or allergies – both cause irritation and allergies cause inflammation of the skin.

      Either way a vet needs to check it. Good luck.

  31. Hi I have a pair of 7 month old siamese. My female cat has suddenly started losing hair from the tip of his tail upwards. Im worried. I saw her biting off her tail hair n chewing it. She has beautiful coat otherwise. Please can anyone help why is she doing it? Ive changed my house recently.

    • Hi Sana. Feline hyperesthesia comes to mind……I guess you probably know that over-grooming or manic grooming might be a sign of stress due to the move. If that is a correct assessment and if she is OK normally, she may settle down in due course. Cats do self-groom to excess to relieve stress because it makes them feel better.

      Over-grooming due to stress overlaps with a condition called “feline hyperesthesia syndrome“. I have a page on that. Siamese are said to be predisposed to suffer from this condition. Good luck to you both.

  32. My cat is one year old. I have had her on worm meds since I got her. I noticed she was licking and scratching a lot. I checked for ear mites and didn’t see any but and treating her for that as well. She has lost hair on her back and tail and it doesn’t appear to be growing back. She also looks very to me. She is an indoor cat and has never been outside the apartment. She eats well and is playful and doesn’t appear to be ill. She also eats the dog food. Any help you can render would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Firstly stop your cat eating dog food as it is harming her health. This may be the cause of her scratching. See this page:

      http://cat-chitchat.pictures-of-cats.org/2008/01/cat-eating-dog-food.html

      As for ear mites it is very hard to check for them and treat them adequately. Please read this page:

      https://pictures-of-cats.org/the-truth-about-treating-cat-ear-mites.html

      If you think she might have ear mites see a vet please as they are v.uncomfortable.

      Your cat’s skin is itching. This can be due to many causes. Flea bite allergy is probably the most common. Make sure she is completely free of fleas and the entire home.

      The food she is eating may be causing food allergy dermatitis. Buy high quality wet cat food only.

      How long have you been administering worming meds for? These are chemicals and they can damage the skin and cause irritation. I would check the time you should give de-worming medication to a cat and make sure you comply with the instructions. In fact I’d stop giving the meds and see what happens.

      Good luck and thanks for asking.

      • Thank you for your quick response. I have been treating her for worms since she was a kitten according to the guidelines on the medicine bottle. The ear mites I have been treating for two months. Again going by the guidelines. There are no fleas on her, my dog, or in the home. I will stop giving the meds and have but the dog food up and will not free feed and see what happens. I was mislead, as I was told by a vet that it was alright to let my cat eat the dog food but not alright for my dog to eat the cat food. I will let you know of our progress. Thank you again for your help.

  33. My cat is one year old. I noticed she had been licking a lot. I have had her on worm meds sense I got her. When I noticed she was licking and losing hair I checked for worms and ear mites. Didn’t see any but am treating her for mites as well. The hair is not growing back and she seems to be very thin to me. She eats well and is loving and playful. Does not act ill. She also eats the dog food. There is no way to keep her from eating it. She is an indoor cat and has never been outside the apartment. She has not been neutered. Can you help me with this?

  34. My cat is approx 10 months old and I have just noticed she has lost some hair at the tips of her ears. She is white and the skin seems quite red, dry and is sore to touch. She was neutered and given a worm dose not too long ago, any idea what it may be?

    • Cora, does your cat go outside? If so it might be sunburn. Keep her out of the sun. White cats are more prone to sunburn. If she is not going outside and if it is not sunburn, I’d watch and see if she is causing any damage to her ears by scratching. If so it may be an allergy causing irritation. Good luck.

      • Ah, that makes sense yes she is outdoors except for night time and it has been pretty sunny over the last week or so, thanks very much for the response I’ll keep her in if it’s sunny for a while!

  35. since we talked Bruno is now losing even more hair! I don’t know what to do. I was cleaning it with a towel and warm water, combed it and hair was falling out, put the cream on and combed it through and even more hair was coming out. The two wounds are now connected, almost his whole head. The photo it is wet from the cream.

    • Hi Sarah,
      I have a cat with a very similar condition that has spread all over her head. It started with a scratch by her eye. The hair comes out in clumps with the scabs attached, and then continues to scab, flake off, and scab over again, flake off, and so on. This has gone on for a month now and her head is almost completely bald. Did you ever figure out what was going on with bruno? I have been to many vets and tried many different remedies with no luck.
      Thanks, Michael

      • He can sometimes get past the cone around his head idk how but he manages, but if i see him doing this i stop him. I bathed him last night and so much just kept coming off easily. The scratch he has on it now was from yesterday after his bath when i was clean his cone.

        • Sarah, ringworm on its own does not cause hair to fall out. That is my assessment. Ringworm causes scaling of the skin. What causes the hair to come out is over grooming in that area because the ringworm itches.

          So when you talk about hair loss due to ringworm you’re talking about over grooming in my opinion but as he is wearing a cone and as the ring worm is on the top of his head he cannot groom that area unless he can do so with his paw.

          The inflamed bit of skin (the red bit) does look a little bit like ringworm. So the vet could well be correct. However, I have a feeling that the treatment is going wrong. It may be exacerbating hair loss. I think what I would do is to stop the treatment and watch your cat to see whether he grooms in that spot all the time.

          If it is ringworm and if it is simply located in that sole area then you might ask your vet if you can apply an anti-fungal cream designed for people to that particular bit of inflamed skin.

          I recall treating my cat with ringworm and I used some cream that I had for ringworm that he had given to me. In short we both used the same cream and it cleared up his ringworm in that area.

          Ringworm is hard to clear up. And it is difficult to diagnose. But I would treat the exact location as described but always seek vet advice.

          You might try another vet. That is what I’d do to get a second opinion on diagnosis and treatment.

          I hope this helps but please keep corresponding about this.

  36. Hopefully this photo goes through. He had a bath yesterday and the fur looks like that from the cream and he managed to scratch is head when he got away after the bath. That’s why it is alittle scratched.

    • Hi Sarah, I’ll respond fully very soon. If you want to add a photo just make sure it is not too big (more than 2 million bytes). There is a link below the comment box explaining this.

  37. Hello, my 2yr old cat, Bruno, is losing a lot of hair! It started 2 1/2wks ago, he got a scratch and then bloated up and turned scaly with red/yellow crust. I took him to the vet and it was to much $ for me but luckily one vet just looked and said it is ringworm. I’ve been using fungal cream with 1% clotrimazole USP up to 3 times aday and selsun blue with 1% selenium sulfide once a week. After week one it was looking much better, now going on week 3 it’s looking worse that before. Yes the scaliness is gone and no more yellow, but he is losing more and more hair. He wears a cone all day everyday so he won’t scratch or clean, if just scared it’s going to go down his neck or to his face. He is a beautiful cat (Korat) and I can’t bare to see him with no fur. Am I doing the right thing? Are there other cheap medicines I can use that would work better? Is it still spreading if he is still losing hair around the wounds? Is it even ringworm?

    The photo there is cream in his fur, he just had a bath yesterday with the selsun blue and the red cuts, well as he got away from me, after the bath, he scratched it but it was pink skin.

  38. We have a 5-6 year old cat, black short hair, we think he is a Bombay. He is healthy and active, indoor/outdoor, neutered & has all he’s shots. A couple days ago my spouse noticed 2 streaks about 1/3 the width of my little finger on top of his shoulder where the hair was gone. The streaks come together at one end to form a ‘V’ shape. No redness, tenderness, spots, flakes, sores anything. The flesh looks perfectly healthy. We thought he must have caught himself on something outside, but he seemed fine. A day later he has a small spot on his head where hair is gone, just a small place like the tip of your finger. No skin irritation there either.

    I had been away for a week and returned the following day. We thought he may have been stressed out because I had not been away for more than a weekend before. But a couple days later, the current spots had not changed but he has acquired 2 more on his head. Now I can see on those and one of the prior spots that there is a dot in the middle of the hairless spot, it looks like a little pricked area.

    He has no fleas, healthy clean ears & good skin. He is an active cat, a hunter and likes to pounce on and tumble with our older cat. This used to be fine play with the both of them but the older one is maybe 6 year older than the black cat and has had a back injury so he is now skittish and slow and does not want to be bothered with the black cat. We got the black cat a new playmate, a bit smaller cat, a Manx, about 5 months ago closer to his age and personality. We went through several weeks of introduction and acclimation and they are getting along fine. But they play hard. I am wondering if their play is causing the ‘pricks’ from the Manx’s nails and the pricks causing the hair loss. Although we only find a prick in a couple of the small spots where the hair is gone and there is no evidence of any skin breaks in the furless ‘V’ area.

    I cleaned to pricks and put antibiotic ointment on them last night and I have been searching the internet for an answer and nothing matched this. I do not know if I am on the right track thinking it is the rough play or not. The Manx has no such areas on him and he is definitely the smaller of the two and seems to get the rougher tumbling when they play.

    I would really like to avoid a vet bill right now since I have been laid off of work but I do not want to sacrifice his health. I know that is not much to go on, but I want to make sure I am not missing anything in my assumptions and my care for him.

    • Hi Saunet. Thank you for visiting an asking. You have written a very full comment. I can tell right away that you are a thoughtful cat caretaker. My initial impression is that you have covered pretty much all the ground that needs to be covered.

      Also, my initial impression is that the small areas of hair loss are due to injury in play as you suggest rather than some underlying illness or a parasitical infection (or allergy). You describe your cat as being healthy in every respect. I can tell you are observant. You know your cat better than anybody else including a vet so you should be able to tell when there are behavioural changes indicating an illness and/or discomfort and pain.

      It may be significant that these small areas of hair loss are on the shoulder and the top of the head. These are the areas where cats are most likely to be injured when fighting. In this instance I’m referring to adult tomcats fighting over territory. You often see a damaged ears and abscesses on the top of the head.

      Perhaps the fur is being pulled out. As you say, they play hard. Hair loss around irritated areas of skin caused by an allergy such as flea bite allergy is due to over grooming in that area. Clearly that is not applicable in this case because a cat cannot groom the areas you have mentioned and in any case there are no fleas.

      My gut feeling is that you should watch and wait. If something is wrong then it will become apparent and if your assessment is correct then the spots will heal up. Watching and waiting will provide you with more information and as your cat appears healthy it will not be detrimental to your cat.

      If you agree that then I would be pleased if you would come back to the website in about a month’s time also and tell us what happened. Thanks again for visiting.

      • Thank you for your quick reply. I was away and could not respond to you. Audie Murphy came in the day after I talked to you and more hair was gone – this time it was gone from the back of his thigh. I checked it out and it had a dozen or so of the little red marks – like pricks – similar to those on his neck. I think maybe he went to nap near an ant hill? They are not inflamed and th ara is not red – just the little prick spot itself is red. I noted that he was trying to scratch his neck and he was nibbling at his leg. I cleaned and applied antibiotic ointment to both areas. (He promptly scooted out the door and rolled in the dirt – he acts more like a dog than a cat) He seemed to be losing more hair in the neck area the next day so I cleaned it and applied Gentian Violet – he can’t roll that out in the dirt. I will put the ointment on again when he is in for the night. I am also giving him a tablet of chlorpheniramine – one in the AM and one in the PM. I think he seems to be scratching less with that. I tried to get pictures of the areas for you but between my poor cell phone camera, his blackness (fur and skin) and his wiggling (I truly believe he has ADD) I have had no success. I wanted to post you and say thanks. I will talk to you in a month with an update. Thanks again.

  39. Thanks for your prompt reply Michael. Having seen the latest bout of hair loss on my cat, I agree with you. I will make an appointment with the vet so that our cat can be checked out. He’s had a rough time of it lately – having had his first bout of Idiopathic Cystitis and is now on a special prescription diet. So maybe using Profender at this time has had more of an effect on him. In any case, I will ask the vet for an alternative to Profender. Thanks again for your help.

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