Hair loss in cats

26 May, 2022

Cat hair loss is something completely normal, every owner has found cat hair in their furniture and belongings. This intensifies in hair loss season, which usually happens in spring and fall where weather changes occur. 

Nonetheless, when we notice excessive hair loss or the process lasts longer than usual, we should start paying attention to our cat’s mood. This can be a symptom of a disease or health issue that could be risking your pet’s wellbeing.  

  1. Why is my cat’s hair falling?
  1. Feeding 
  2. Stress and anxiety
  3. Nutritional supplements and medication
  4. Skin infections
  5. Hormonal issues
  6. Parasites
  7. How to solve it?

Why is my cat’s hair falling? 

The are many reasons why your ct can be experiencing excessive hair loss, here are some, 

Feeding

A well balanced diet is fundamental to your cat’s health. Having a deficient diet may affect your pet much more than you think and the first symptoms can be reflected in skin and fur. 

Allergies and food intolerances can also provoke hair loss and even stomach issues. 

Stress and anxiety

Stress is the most common cause of hair loss. Cats do not have the ability to communicate to us if they are feeling stressed, this is why this is so hard to detect and diagnose. 

Routine changes can be very stressful for human beings, now imagine how it must be for cats. Moving houses, new people or pets and even constant noise can be causing this stress. 

If you believe this is happening to your cat, we suggest you read our article “how to reduce stress in your cat”.

Nutritional supplements and medication

You shouldn’t give your cat any food supplement or medicine that hasn’t been prescribed or recommended by a veterinarian. This could affect their health and also contribute to hair loss. 

Skin infections

When hair loss increases it can provoke bald areas in your cat’s body, it could be caused by a skin infection. The most common one is Feline Dermatophytosis, caused by a highly contagious fungus. If you notice your cat has any symptoms of skin infections you should go straight to the veterinarian since they can be extremely uncomfortable and painful.   

Hormonal issues 

Just as humans, having a healthy and balanced endocrine system is vital to their wellbeing. Any type of hormonal change can produce hair loss, but we should be mainly focused when we just castrated our cat, since this causes a hormonal imbalance that may provoke hair loss. 

Parasites

Fleas and ticks are very common in cats since they are regularly outside their house hanging around with other animals. Cat parasites cause an itch that makes cats scratch themselves constantly, causing abnormal hair loss. 

How to solve it?

The solution will depend on what is causing the hair loss. If we are dealing with stress, the best thing will be eliminating what is disconcerting our pet and try to spend as much time as possible with them. 

If it is caused by a parasite infection, allergies or hormonal issues, the most important thing will be to go to the veterinarian. There are various home-made and natural remedies to deal with some of these issues, but we always advise that when it comes to your pet’s health, we always treat it with the necessary seriousness and with the help of an expert. 
We hope this information is useful and we invite you to continue reading our blog and discover more about pet health.

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