By Cheyenne Davis
Your four legged companion but you realise that he or she is losing a lot more hair than usual. It’s on the chairs, the carpet, everywhere! The hoover, lint rollers and cloths have done as much as they possibly can but you’re still getting nowhere fast. Do you know why your cat is losing its hair? We have a few tips for you to tackle the reasons for cat hair loss.
You should pay attention to whether or not he or she has a favourite itching spot on their body. If they do, how many times do they tend to itch that particular section? Maybe your cat has contracted an allergic reaction to something that they’ve eaten or come into contact with. Antihistamines such as chlorpheniramine can also be used to reduce itching in the affected area.
Constant itching of one area can also be caused from a range of things from flea/tick bite or simply out of boredom. Flea and Tick bites can also lead to moist dermatitis. This can be treated with hydrocortisone spray prescribed by a trained veterinarian.
Humans are prescribed hydrocortisone for itching of the skin in a cream/ointment solution (don’t share yours with them!) You could also prevent hair loss by tackling the Fleas and Ticks themselves with products such as Frontline available from your local pet store or pharmacy.
If your cat’s hair loss seems to be a regular recurrence and rather excessive, your cat could possibly be suffering from alopecia – another medical term used for hair loss. Signs of the condition can include balding areas on your cat’s body in particular the trunk and thigh area. Alopecia can also be caused by skin irritations and allergies.
Other medical conditions could be from catching the ringworm fungal infection. This can form from your cat being in contact with another animal or environment. Signs to look out for are patches on the body that appear to be patchy as if the area has been shaved. The symptoms can vary in younger cats and kittens.
The affected areas, usually the face, paws and ears will appear to have a white/grey crust over them. It is important to be careful when grooming throughout the infection period as normal grooming can spread the fungus to other parts of your cat’s body. Anti-fungal shampoo is used to treat infected areas.
Are you 100% sure that your feline friend is losing large clumps of hair? They could just be shedding a little more fur than usual. Shedding is the natural process for animals to lose dead hair. This is mainly caused by shifts in weather – you may see it more often during the summer period. Shedding is perfectly normal and is nothing to worry about in regards to your cat’s health. Your carpet on the other hand will be the one with the problem! Regular grooming can tackle shedding quite easily but if you do come across bald patches it’s most likely more than just losing dead hair.
It’s important to take your cat to a veterinarian in any case of extreme hair loss so they can examine and diagnose him or her properly.