The Bottom Line On Hair Loss In Cats And Alopecia In Cats
Dont panic over a cat losing hair just take your cat to the veterinarian for an exam. Chances are, it is not serious, Dr. Bateman says. But you dont know that just by looking at the cat, which is why its important to get it checked out.
Tell us: Have you had your own experience with a cat losing hair? What issue was at hand?
Healthy Coat And Skin
The first step to brushing your cat is to check over your cats coat. Healthy coats have a natural springiness and some gloss. Any bald spots, unusual , patches of dead hair, or signs of ticks or are cause for concern.
Both long- and short-haired cats benefit from grooming. However, each coat style needs different brushes and brushing techniques to produce the best results.
These Cats Have Some Intense Manes
One key feature that Persians, outdoorsy Maine coons, and rare, unique Scottish folds all have in common is their long, coifed coats that make you want to pet them for days. Longhaired cats are the result of a genetic mutation, and researchers have narrowed down the gene to the fibroblast growth factor 5 or FGF5, for short. That’s why it’s not unusual to see some kittens from the same litter with short hair and others with long.
Causes And Treatment Of Feline Skin Lesions
“Feline skin lesions have many possible causes including allergy, infections and parasites. Diagnosis of skin problems in cats can be a challenge since cats have a tendency to lick or use their teeth on itchy areas. Licking can cause lesions to become infected and hair loss. The leading cause of skin lesions in cats are fleas, which are often the problem despite the owners ability to locate a flea on the cats body. For example, a human could carry fleas into a house, which in turns causes a cat skin reaction. The second leading cause is atopy, which is an allergy to inhaled substances such as tree and grass pollen. A visit to a veterinarian is required for a specific diagnosis and treatment recommendation. Certain causes can be suspected based on a cats history and location of the cat skin disorder.”
There are many possible causes for feline skin lesions. Thetreatment depends on the type and cause of the sore. Anytime your cathas a sore that doesnt heal in a few days or that oozes yellow orgreen-colored puss, see your vet as this is a sign of infection. Start by suspecting the leading cause which is fleas, even if you havetrouble locating any on your cat’s body. If you cat has fleaprotection, next suspect atopy or food allergy asthe cause. After allergy, problems such as ringworm and scabies arepotential causes. Problems such as infection are often introduced intothe skin after a cat licks itchy areas, a condition referred to as asecondary skin infection.
The Most Common Reasons
Youll need to check with your vet to find out exactly whats going on. In most cases, the cause isnt serious.
It could be:
Allergies: Theyre the top cause of hair loss. Like people, your cat can be allergic to food, insect bites, medicines, dust, or pollen. To ease the , theyll lick their fur until there are bald spots. Its simple to treat, but you might have to give them medicine for the rest of their life.
Parasites:, mites, lice, and ticks can make them scratch and lick, too, causing bald spots and even sores. Treatment is usually quick and easy. Ask your vet which medicine you should use.
Ringworm infection: No, its not a worm. Its a fungal infection. And a scaly ring of missing hair is a sign. Your vet can tell you for sure and prescribe antifungal creams or ointments, medicated baths, or even oral meds..
Stress and anxiety: When cats are stressed and obsessively lick and scratch, they can lose hair. Vets call this psychogenic alopecia. Cats that have it tend to pick at their belly, sides, and legs. Its most common in female purebreds with nervous personalities. Treat their wounds, and ask your vet if they need an antidepressant or changes in their environment, like putting up high perches or keeping dogs away.
Pain: Cats with arthritis may lick themselves at the site of the pain.
Tipped Or Shaded Cats
The genetic influences on tipped or shaded cats are:
- Tabby pattern genes .
- Silver/melanin inhibitor gene.
- Factors affecting the number and width of bands of color on each hair .
- Factors affecting the amount and quality of eumelanin and/or phaeomelanin pigment expression
- Genes causing sparkling appearance .
- Factors to clear up residual striping .
Cat Hair And Allergies
The allergen cats carry is a tiny protein particle called Feld1, which is found in cats’ saliva. They transfer it to their hair when grooming, where it dries into microscopic flakes, commonly called dander. Very long or thick cat hair will hold more dander, which is where people get the misconception that the “hair” is the allergen. Dander can also be found all over the house: in the air, in bedding, and in carpets and drapes. The good news is that in many cases, allergies to cat dander can be controlled.
What Side Of A Cat Has The Most Fur Secrets Revealed
- May 15, 2021
All of us know cats have lots of furs. And its her birth gift. Cats can use their fur in a beautiful way. Lots of cats havent owners but they are passing their life easily. Fur like an arm of a cat. What side of a cat has the most fur? This is a curious question. We have tried to find out in this article.
Advantage And Disadvantage Of Cat Fur
The advantage of a cats fur/coats is they can survive any period of menstruation or season.
They can express love and care.
Fur can indicate whether you are angry or upset.
Cat fur is very fluffy. So everyone likes to caress her.
Due to the presence of fur they can repel normal blows.
Cats are animals, so cats naturally have fur. Fur keeps her safe always.
Many cat owners dont like cat fur.
Many cat owners shaved cat fur and just keep a coat.
They have to live at the wish of their owners. Because they are domestic animals.
Temperature And Heart Rate
The normal body temperature of a cat is between 38.3 and 39.0Â Â°C . A cat is considered if it has a temperature of 39.5Â Â°C or greater, or if less than 37.5Â Â°C . For comparison, humans have an average body temperature of about 37.0Â Â°C . A domestic cat’s normal heart rate ranges from 140 to 220 beats per minute , and is largely dependent on how excited the cat is. For a cat at rest, the average heart rate usually is between 150 and 180Â bpm, more than twice that of a human, which averages 70 bpm.
Is Your Cat Losing Hair 6 Reasons For Hair Loss In Cats
One of last years litters of foster kittens brought more than joy and heart-melting cuteness to my house. Unfortunately, the outdoor kitties and their mom came with a pack of , and the pests took up residence in the fur of my resident cat, G.G., who had a maddening itch. The itch soon turned into thinning hair on her belly, at the base of her tail and on her hind legs. So, is your cat losing hair? What causes cat hair loss? In G.G.s case the hair loss turned out to be caused by a flea allergy. Lets learn more about hair loss in cats, also known as alopecia in cats.
Is It Dangerous For Cats To Lose Hair In Clumps
If you see any signs of illness in your cat, do not hesitate to call your veterinarian and set an appointment. Hair loss can be a serious condition in cats. They may:
- Be unable to regulate their body temperature
- Be more exposed and vulnerable to the sun
- Damage their skin while pulling out hair
- Create wounds that lead to infection
- Damage hair follicles and stop the hair from growing back
How Can I Prevent Hairballs
Grooming is the number one thing you can do to prevent hairballs. The less hair your cat has, the less there will be to ingest, and the fewer the hairballs. And the fewer the tufts of hair collecting in the corners of your home. If you havent tried the , you should, especially as we head into spring and cats are shedding their winter coats. Ask me, my sister in law, or Dr. Patty Khuly, VMD how we feel about the Furminator. In her blog post, All Hail the Furminator, Khuly endorses the power of the Furminator to save lives , sanity, and marriages. All joking aside, this is a great time of year to head off hairballs by grooming. The bonus? Regular grooming prevents tangles, spreads natural oils through your cats coat, and keeps the skin healthy and clean. Check out WebMDs article, Cat Grooming, for more information on how to brush your cat.
Changing or monitoring your cats diet may also help if your feline is plagued by frequent hairballs. Many veterinarians now recommend a grain-free diet for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning their bodies are meant to ingest a high protein/low carb diet. Researchers believe that grain-based foods, which are high in carbohydrates, may change the flora in a cats intestinal tract, and eventually result in the cat being unable to pass hair normally. Check out PetMDs My Bowl for Cats to see how your cats diet measures up.
Silver And Golden Series
The silver series is caused by the Melanin inhibitor gene I/i. The dominant form causes melanin production to be suppressed, but it affects phaeomelanin much more than eumelanin . On tabbies, this turns the background a sparkling silver color while leaving the stripe color intact, making a silver tabby. On solid cats, it turns the base of the hair pale, making them silver smoke.
Silver agouti cats can have a range of phenotypes, from silver tabby, to silver shaded , to tipped silver/chinchilla . This seems to be affected by hypothetical wide band factors, which make the silver band at the base of the hair wider. Breeders often notate wide band as a single gene Wb/wb, but it is most likely a trait.
If a cat has the wide band trait but no inhibitor, the band will be golden instead of silver. These cats are known as golden tabbies. Shaded golden and tipped golden are also possible. However, there is no golden smoke, because the combination of wide band and nonagouti simply produces a solid cat.
The genetics involved in producing the ideal tabby, Â , shaded, or smoke cat is complex. Not only are there many interacting genes, but genes sometimes do not express themselves fully, or conflict with one another. For example, the melanin inhibitor gene in some instances does not block pigment, resulting in a grayer undercoat, or in . The greyer undercoat is less desirable to fanciers.
Symptoms Of Hairballs In Cats
It can be disturbing to watch your cat eliminating a hairball. Some common hairball symptoms include hacking, gagging, and retching. Usually, your cat will then vomit the hairball in relatively short order.
If you notice the following hairball symptoms, be sure to contact your veterinarian, as they could indicate that a hairball has caused a potentially life-threatening blockage:
- Ongoing , gagging, retching, or hacking without producing a hairball
- Lack of appetite
Skin Infection In Cats
Another reason for wounds on a cat’s skin can be due to skin reactions or skin conditions. The skin condition doesn’t usually cause wounds directly, although it is a possibility. Often, the accompanying itch of the skin problem leads to the cat scratching or biting the affected areas and opening the skin in the process. This can lead to , cuts, scabs or even ulcers. These patterns of skin reactions have different causes, but the following stand out:
Why Does My Cats Fur Clump Up
When a cat is shedding, its natural for its fur to clump up. This is because cats shed their undercoat, so the fur gets caught in the top coat. It stays there as more thin strands add to the bulk and eventually form a clump. The clump gets loose over time and activity and is deposited in your house as a large furball.
Of course, cats may also lose clumps of fur outside of the shedding season. Felines lose hair at all times. If the cat is especially oily or dirty, the individual strands will get caught up in the top coat. Like with shedding, the fur will gather until its shaken loose as a clump. You can limit this clumping when you brush the fur and remove the extra.
However, if your cat is always losing hair in clumps, this is a reason to be concerned. Cats are ritual groomers, so its unnatural for them to ignore clumps in their fur. They should have a strong desire to clean themselves up. If your cat seems to avoid grooming, this could be a sign of stress or illness.
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WHAT IS FUR-MOWING?
In short, the cat is licking off all his or her hair. Often the belly is nearly as bald as if it were shaved. Sometimes a Mohawk of normal fur makes a stripe down the back, surrounded by bald spots on either sides. Sometimes it is the lower back itself that is bald. Often the owner thinks the hair is falling out. Often the veterinarian wonders if the problem is really psychological. The good news is that most cats that mow do not have mental illness. The answer is almost always much simpler: cats lick off their hair because they itch and it is important not to launch into treatment with psychoactive drugs until causes of itching have been ruled out. For example, in a recent study of 21 cats referred to the University of Guelph Veterinary Teaching Hospital Behavior Service because of excessive hair licking, only two cats were ultimately believed to have a psychological reason for hair licking, sixteen cats were found to have a true medical basis for itching, and three cats had both.
But let us go back to the beginning: the cat with a big bald spot.
HOW DO WE KNOW THE CATS HAIR IS NOT SIMPLY FALLING OUT?
The truth is simple: that there are only a few rare diseases that actually will lead a cat to lose hair in great patches but, if someone still remain skeptical, there is a test called a trichogramwhich will confirm the answer.
hair with a normal tip
FIGURING OUT THE NOT-SO-OBVIOUS CAUSES
FOOD ALLERGY TRIAL
FLEA CONTROL TRIAL
Youre Brushing Against The Direction Of The Cats Coat
Some people say you should brush against the direction of the fur but not so fast.
Linhares-Upton advises against it. I think it pulls more when you go against the grain, she says, kind of like when you were little and someone pulled your hair into a ponytail too tightly. It hurts.
Most cats are not a fan of having their fur brushed away from its natural direction, and you could earn yourself an annoyed swipe. Instead, try brushing with the furs natural direction but then using a blower to go against it.
When I use the blower, I go against the coat because it helps remove loose hair, says Linhares-Upton. But I always brush with the coat.
When youre deciding which way to brush, take into account your cats personality.
Some cats wont mind being groomed in any way you choose, but others prefer not to have you mess up their do and they wont hesitate to let you know youve annoyed them.
Allergies Particularly To Fleas And Itching And Over
Fleas can bite and irritate any cat, but some cats have a hypersensitivity to antigens within the flea saliva. These allergic cats get miserably itchy if they encounter fleas and many of them will over-groom as a way of scratching the itch. The hair doesnt just fall out; the cats actually lick it so much that they pull their hair out.
Its not that the hair cant grow, Dr. Bateman says. These cats are licking it out faster than it can be replaced.
About 90 percent of those cats we see in our clinic are over-grooming, she says. It is much less likely that the hair is falling out and not regrowing.
Sometimes, a cat may engage in compulsive grooming because of neuropathic pain from nerve damage in the skin. In rare cases, a cat may groom too much and lose hair for psychogenic reasons, like after a stressful event; but, its more likely that cats licking off their hair are itching from flea allergy, Dr. Bateman says.
White Spotting And Epistatic White
White spotting and epistatic white were long thought to be two separate genes, but in fact they are both on the gene. White spotting can take many forms, from a small spot of white to the mostly-white pattern of the Turkish Van, while epistatic white produces a fully white cat. The -specific recessive “gloving” trait is also located on the KIT gene.
- WD = dominant white, linked to blue eyes and deafness. The deafness is due to a reduction in the population and survival of melanoblast stem cells, which in addition to creating pigment-producing cells, develop into a variety of neurological cell types. White cats with one or two blue eyes have a particularly high likelihood of being deaf.
- WS = white spotting. It exhibits codominance and variable expression; heterozygous cats have somewhere between 0-50% white, and homozygous cats have between 50-100% white.
- w = wild type, no white spotting.
- wg = recessive Birman white gloving allele.
WD causes congenital sensorineural deafness in cats. Domesticated WD cats are often completely deaf.
Ask Our Vet A Question About Cat Hair Loss
Have a question about cat hair loss? Our veterinarian will answer it for free. To help provide the best answer possible, please include your cat’s medical history such as age, breed, medications, skin condition, location your cat is losing hair and any changes in behavior. Please include a picture if you can.We will do our best to answer questions quickly . If you need an immediate response we suggest using this online cat veterinary answer service that is available 24 hours a day.
Methods To Prevent A Cat From Licking Out Fur
Treating and preventing licking depends on the underlying cause of the licking. Telling the cat no can work for seconds but is not sustainable as you can not be with your cat all the time.
- Bandage. Some wounds can be covered by bandages to prevent licking. For wounds on the torso, an infant t-shirt may do the trick. For the front half of the body, put a t-shirt on in a natural way. For wounds in the back half of the body, put the t-shirt on backward, with the tail going through the hole for the head and the rear legs going into the arms. You may have to use a strip of sticky tape to tape the bottom hem of the t-shirt to the cat to prevent the shirt from slipping. Some cats detest clothing so this may not work.
- Topical Products. Some products such as Chew GuardÂ®, cayenne pepper, lemon juice or TabascoÂ® have been used to deter licking due to the bitter taste. Some products can even safely be applied directly to the wound or placed on the bandage. Discuss the best product and plan with your veterinarian before applying any of these products directly to a wound.
- E-Collars. The Elizabethan collar, commonly called an E-collar, are often the most effective way to prevent licking to some areas. The collar fits around the neck and looks like a lampshade that surrounds the catâs head. This can prevent licking and pullingÂ your cats fur out.
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My Cat’s Fur Is Much Thicker Than Usual Is This Normal
A. Thicker fur is good! Its thinning fur thats usually the problem!
If you have a kitty who shows any of these signs, keep in mind that skin and fur conditions can have many causes beyond what’s listed here. So ifyou notice anything unusual about your cat’s skin or fur, the best thing to do is to make an appointment to see your veterinarian.
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Why Do Cats Pull Their Fur Out In Chunks
Cats normally have two shedding seasons in a single year. One happens after winter to shed their winter coat for the warmer weather. The second comes before fall to prepare for the growth of their cold-weather coat. However, this is not the same as abnormal shedding and fur loss.
Cats lose or pull their fur out in chunks due to medical illnesses or disease, allergies , skin parasites, sudden changes to their environment, or because they are a certain breed of cat. The most common illnesses that cause this problem are hyperthyroidism, alopecia, cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. Skin parasites that are the main culprits include fleas, lice, ticks, and skin mites. Other factors, such as intestinal parasites, dermatitis, nutritional deficiencies, or injuries from conflict, can cause your cat to lose clumps of fur.
If your elderly cat is pulling fur out, it is most likely because of arthritis pain, hyperthyroidism, and/or nutritional deficiencies. To help your cat, you must narrow down the exact reason. A few of the symptoms may coincide, or they may be independent. No matter the case, take note of all your cats abnormal behavior and consult a vet.
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