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Hair Loss In Cats

In cats, alopecia or hair loss is caused by several factors. Identifying the underlying cause is important so the appropriate treatment can given given. Here are the most common causes of cat alopecia:

Stress or pain

A cat that is exposed to certain stressors or suffering from pain can engage in over-grooming. They engage in the behavior in an effort to cope with the discomfort. 

Parasites and skin infections

Fleas, mites, ticks, lice, ringworm, and a whole lot of other skin issues can cause hair loss especially when the cat starts scratching, licking, chewing, and biting itchy areas of the body. Over-grooming can increase a cat’s risk to hair ball formation and there may also be bald patchy areas of skin. 

Hormonal imbalance

The growth of hair in cats is also influenced by certain hormones. An excess or deficiency in the production of these hormones may cause hair loss. Cats that are pregnant or lactating may also shed hair as a result of hormonal changes during this time. 

Hair loss and other signs of skin problems should be reported to your vet Glen Ellyn, IL. click here for more information.

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