my black tiger male cat keeps losing hair and i have no idea why

by aubrey
(temple terrace fl usa)

My husband and I adopted a male black tiger cat from the humane society when he was about 10 weeks old. That was on June 29, 2010. About 8 months later he had a big sore on the back of his shoulder that we have no idea where it came from. He has lost the hair around this area and it never grew back. Now he is losing hair around his neck to where that is bald but there is no sore in this area. He is running around and eating like he would always do. He is an inside cat and the only one we have he has no flees. we feed him Purina kitten chow and he loves soft food like 9 lives and fancy feast which he also gets two cans a day as well as dry food all the time with two water bowls one in his room and the other by the kitchen which I change every morning. We live in an apt in temple terrace fl and our on city water. We have no kids and lots of room for him. He has his own room lol. Can some please tell me what might be going on?

Answer from Kate
There are many things that can cause cats to loss fur and the only real way to know for sure is to allow a vat to take a closer look and perhaps even do some skin tests.

cats can have allergies too to all sorts of things and sometimes its a case of elimination to find out what could be wrong. It is funny that it is around the neck though as this is a classic area for parasites to gather so i wonder if he does have some sort of parasite on him. Perhaps ear mites which can fall onto the fur around the head. Your best option is to have him looked at by the vets.

I do have some pages which you may find of further help and interest here

best wishes Kate

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