Categories: Cat Healthhair loss

Strange Hair Loss in Small Patches in Older Cat

by Christel Fiore
(Portland Maine.USA)

Our Xena is twelve years old and developed this strange hairloss. I raised her by bottle since she was abandoned in Pisa Italy. She grew in to a beautiful cat and got along well with all our other rescues. However our dog “Baj” took to mothering her. Xena had extensive blood and other tests. There is no change in our household pet population other than that our little 15 year old “Baj” passed away after a battle with kidney failure. It seems to me that Xena started her hair loss around that time.

She does not groom extensively and her skin scraping test was negative. She is strictly a indoor cat.

I’m now administrating a high powered vitamin for cats. She looks patchy and the back of the hind legs are almost bare beside the small hole like lesions on her sides.

She seems to be comfortable and eats well. I somehow feel that she has a hormonal imbalance although the test was negative. The application of a sedatives on the ear tip brought no changes.

I had cats all my life and this is a first time mystery.


Hi Christel, I am sorry to hear about Xena. I am not a vet etc. but my gut feel is that it might be stress related causing over grooming but you have already eliminated this: Feline Endocrine Alopecia. It may be easy to to be misled about over grooming though. We don’t watch our cats all the time. I wish Xena well.

Click here to post comments.

Simply click here to return to Cat Health Problems Submissions.

Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

Recent Posts

12 facts about the Nebelung cat

Here are 12 listed facts about the Nebelung cat. I hope you find them useful.…

4 hours ago

21 reasons to take your cat to the vet

Here is a list of reasons to take your cat to the vet. Richard H.…

7 hours ago

Panicking man, giggling woman and complacent cats fail to catch a terrified mouse

I can understand the minor chaos caused by a mouse brought into the home by…

15 hours ago

Average weight of a tiger in pounds

Web surfers want to know the average weight of a tiger in pounds. This might…

16 hours ago

What happens to pet travel after Brexit?

This article concerns pet travel from the UK to the EU. Right now, at the…

17 hours ago

Pictures of a recently adopted chonky, beat up street cat

Like a lot of people, I love to see pictures of beat up street cats,…

1 day ago