Cat losing fur on legs

by Susan
(Lake Oswego, OR USA)

Our neutered male black cat (he also has a sibling in the house and they're both about 5 years old) has begun losing fur on the backs of his legs. Our vet says as long as we don't mind his appearance, it's better to leave it than to use the alternative, which might be steroids. Additionally, several times he has peed in the house, usually after a little period of excitement racing around with the other kitty. He seems to pee on loose rugs, etc. He has never done this before. The shared cat box, which he has always used, is kept clean. This is new behavior. He seems content, loving, purrs a lot, but does sometimes seem irritated by his sister kitty.

Answer by Kate
well it may be that you have a highly strung cat who is emotionally affected by things which would not normally bother some cats.

losing fur can be caused by many things one of which is stress. urinating around the home can also be a sign of stress or at least uncertainly and they are trying hard to make themselves feel better by scenting the home and making smell more like them.

it is impossible to give an exact diagnosis, but if i ask you to read several of my pages about fur loss, urinating and also nervous cats they may be able to provide you with some answers for your cat. here are my pages

best wishes Kate

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Thank you!
by: Susan

This was all great information. I so appreciate the quick response and links to different pages which will help me immensely when we take our favorite kitty to the vet for this.

Thank you very much!

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