Cat losing weight and pulling at fur, is she sick?

by Melissa
(Palmdale, California)

Angel my cat

Angel my cat

I've had my cat, Angel, since she was about 2 months old, and she's now somewhere between 7 and 8 years. We are very attached to eat other, which is why I'm concerned about her health. Around late-June, I left with my sister on vacation with my grandma in another country, which left Angel under the care of my parents. Returning a month later, I saw a great weight change in her. I'm certain that my parents fed her well, because they are as animal-loving as I am, so I figured the reason was that perhaps she'd been distraught by my sudden disappearance and had in result not eaten as much? Other than her weight loss, she also began pulling out her fur, and she now has patches of hair missing from her sides and back. I thought maybe it was the change in season since she is a long haired cat, but she seemed to be losing more hair than last year. And then one night I woke up to her regurgitating on my floor. It's not the first time she regurgitated since my return, and I've since found puke in many corners. It's evident she can't keep her food down, but why? Is there any possible reason for all these symptoms?


Well the combination of weight loss and hair pulling and vomiting would suggest that there may be something more wrong than just anxiety due to the change in your cats routine etc.

Hair pulling is a sign of anxiety but can be caused due to the fact that cat may be feeling unwell. Weight loss can be a symptom of several possible illnesses, such as diabetes feline-diabetes.html , heart conditions feline-heart-disease.html, cat thyroid problems cat-thyroid .
I would suggest that your best course of action is to take her to see a vet for a check up. Some blood work may have to be done to determine the cause of your cats distress.

The sooner a diagnosis can be made the better the outcome. Let’s hope that your cat is back to her old self soon

Best wishes kate

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Cat losing weight and pulling out fur
by: Anonymous

In July 2014 my cat had an allergic reaction to a flea collar which burnt the fur from around his neck. He started to lose weight and large clumps of fur but had a voracious appetite. Vet ruled out fleas & thyroid etc but I asked for Ovarid and he recovered well.

July 2015 - exactly the same problem so I ignored it and he recovered naturally

June 2016 - here we go again. I suspect it's hormonal and caused by the flea collar reaction in 2014

Your question caught my eye, because I have very similar situation. M
by: Tt Bassett

Your post caught my eye because my cat has been pulling and eating her hair for almost a year now. When I had surgery she had to stay others until I came home. She came back a different cat she was timid and scared of her own shadow. Leave my side no matter where I was in the home. Almost a year later she still bites and pulls her hair out several times a day. I was told by the vet that she need to be put on Prozac. I Didn't want to do that hoping getting back to our routine would work. I have tried everything I could think of but the hair pulling continues I haven't gotten I have the best results just for redirecting her behavior. From one exhausted mom does anyone have any advice, experience or constructive way to stop it.?

Possible allergy
by: Anonymous

My cat had the same problem and the vet could not figure it out. We changed her food to one that does not have Chicken Bi-Product and she got better almost right away. Took her back to the vet and was told she probably has an allergy to Chicken Bi product!

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