Cat care and hygiene

My cat loses her hair, is it dangerous?

your cat loses his hair? Dr. HERIPRET, specialist in dermatology.

Hair loss is a reason for regular consultation in feline dermatology. Let’s see together the possible answer elements:

Find out if hair loss is normal or abnormal
Hair loss can be normal (this is called moulting) or abnormal if it is accompanied by an abnormal visualization of the skin through the hair or if the depilation is complete in some places.

When localized depilations are observed in a cat, it will be necessary to try to know if the fall is related to a local problem or if it is related to scratching or licking. Thus, for example, a loss of hair well localized in the stomach with a feeling of cut hairs, will generally evoke an excess of licking.

Also, diffuse depilations on the back or the neck associated with traces of scratches or small crusts, will evoke a hair loss related to scratching. In this case, the first thing to do is to check the external pest control because the fleas are frequently involved in scraping or excess licking in the cat.

Possible cause: ringworm
When depilations result in small areas completely naked, located anywhere, it will be necessary to think first of a infection by a mushroom (what is called the ringworm) especially in a young cat, a cat that leaves or a Persian. It is all the more important to detect early this possibility that it is usually contagious mushrooms to other animals but also to humans.

So accordingly if you observe that your cat is losing hair abnormally with injury or in a localized way, it will be necessary to quickly consult veterinarian to differentiate a fall related to scraping or licking, primitive hair problems such as fungi or parasites or others.

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