cat losing hair

Hi my female cat is losing hair in one spot down by her tail.Is there any treatment I can give her at home to stop it.We changed her food because it was making her sick.She is supposed to be an inside cat but she accidentally got out a few times.The hair loss was getting better but it has started again.What do I do.


Answer by Kate
Hi, it is important that the cause of the skin loss is discovered, so that it can be treated properly. My page about hair loss here http://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-hair-loss.html may help you think what the casue may be, but at the end of the day only avet can diagnose and treat the condition.

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similar story---allergy
by: Marilyn

I had a cat with this problem. It would start near the tail but would spread to the point where
her entire backside...back of tail, legs & butt, would lose fur. She would be bare only in that area.

The vet thought it was a skin allergy. Took skin & blood samples for several tests but could
never determine what specifically she was allergic to. She was put on a daily steroid/cortosone pill.

Her fur grew back and she looked normal again. From time to time, early in the allergy's career,
I would test the waters and not give her the cortosone for a few days to see if the allergy had gone away. (long steroid use can be harmful to kidneys) She would start to lose her fur again after a few days without the pill. So, she got a daily pill for many years, kept her fur and lived to be 18.

Hair loss
by: Anonymous

A cat losing hair only around the base of the tail is a flea allergy. You can have her flea dipped at a vet or at home yourself. Also, you can bathe her in orange scented dish detergent. Not only will it kill fleas but the scent will repel them.


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