Alopecia in Cats

Alopecia in Cats

Alopecia in cats is a condition that most all cat lovers fear and dread. It can also be an extremely painful ordeal for your best friend, and several experts will tell you that there is no sure cure for this condition that is causing your cats hair to fall out.

When your cat has chronic forms off skin problems where their hair is virtually falling out, has bald patches, rashes, extremely dull coats or even dandruff, in most all cases this is caused by the diet and something they are lacking.

And despite what most experts tell you, there is some help for these conditions.

Alopecia in your feline can cause a partial or a complete hair loss, it can appear as a pattern, it can be varied with no pattern, it can be symmetrical, or it may be totally random; but it will most always be a guessing game as to the actual cause of the condition.

In older cats with serious diseases like cancer, alopecia is very common, but in all other cases that can affect kittens and cats of all ages and breeds and there are numerous causes and possibilities for this condition. There is also a form of this condition referred to as psychogenic alopecia that is self caused by excessive grooming by your cat.

Alopecia by definition simply means that your pets hair is falling out, so let’s examine some of the most common reasons why this could be happening to you cat.

Allergic reactions or dermatitis:

This is caused by something irritating your cat’s skin. In this situation your cat may have an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, some type of metal exposure, plastic exposure, or chemicals such as carpet cleaners or even deodorizers. With this condition your cat will develop reddish skin and or blisters, and they will naturally scratch themselves. If chronic, it will result in hair loss.

Alopecia areata:

This is a condition that is believed to be an immune disorder in cats, and with this disorder, your cat will loss patches of hair generally on the head, neck and body, but they will experience no itching symptoms at all which makes it very troubling to diagnosis.

Atopy, a form of dermatitis:

This is an allergic reaction to something you pet has inhaled and it could be pollen in peak pollination periods, or it could be dust mites or even mold. With this condition, your pet will generally start to lick their feet, their ears may become inflamed, and hair loss will be mild to moderate. They may also develop hot

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Melisa Emerson

A cat lover, mom of two Maine Coon kittens. I am writing about cat health, behavior and lifestyle in my spare time. I believe cats are amazing and every one should have one!

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