What to do when your cats experience hair loss

What is hair loss?

Hair loss, also known as Alopecia, is a condition that causes cat hairs to fall out of the hair follicles. Hair loss does not necessarily occur at old age in cats, it can happen to your cat at any age.

Causes of hair loss in cats and what to do

It may be challenging to figure out what causes hair loss in your cat. This is because there are a variety of conditions that can cause feline hair loss. If your cat experiences hair loss a few days after birth, it may be due to a hereditary disorder or improper development in the womb.

Over-grooming

It is necessary to groom your cat regularly using appropriate grooming tools, but grooming your cat should not be done too often. Thinning shears and pin brushes, when used too often on your cat, can weaken their hairs and cause them to fall out of the hair follicles.

Hereditary disorders

Feline hair loss can be hereditary. If their mom experienced hair loss, your cat will most likely inherit the same trait. Hair loss caused by hereditary disorders shows up at an early age. If you notice that your young cat is experiencing hair loss, seek advice from your veterinarian immediately.

Parasitic infections

If your cat is attacked by ectoparasites such as fleas, mites, ticks, and lice, they will most likely experience hair loss. Ectoparasites stick to your cat’s skin and fur causing the hair follicles to become irritated. This then results in hair loss from the hair follicles.

Malnutrition

If your cat is deficient in certain nutrients required to build the structural proteins of the hair, they will experience hair loss. Ensure you give your cat a balanced diet.

Stress

Stress can cause hormonal imbalances in your cat, which may result in hair loss. Cats like to hunt for their prey in the sun and this can be stressful.

Bacterial infections

If your cat is infected with some bacteria that cause inflammation of hair follicles, they tend to suffer hair loss.

Tumors or cancer

Undoubtedly, skin cancer causes hair loss in both animals and humans. If you notice an irregular growth on a part of your feline’s body, it may be a tumor. Do not rub the affected area with your hand to avoid being infected. The best thing to do is to take the cat to your veterinarian for chemotherapy.

Burns

If your cat likes to play in hot places, under the hot sun, or near the oven, they may get burns on their skin and experience hair loss. Sunburns are common in cats that are allowed to stay outdoors.

Allergies

Cats may experience hair loss due to allergic reactions. The discomfort caused by the allergies may irritate the cat’s skin and affect their hair follicles, causing the cat to experience hair loss.

What are the symptoms of hair loss in cats?

The first symptom of hair loss in cats is loss of hair in several patches throughout their body. Their furry coats begin to have bald patches, making them look rough. If you notice this, you should take immediate actions to help your cat from complete hair loss.

Conclusion

What to do when your cat experiences hair loss depends on the cause of the hair loss. Knowing the cause of hair loss in your cat may be challenging but you may get some hints by paying attention to the lifestyle of your feline friend.

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