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White Tabby Losing Hair on Belly and Legs

by Cheryl
(Syracuse, NY)

Cat With Hair Loss

Cat With Hair Loss

Approximately six weeks ago my cat started losing hair. It started in a symmetrical shape (like a half moon) on her side. It has since spread to her belly as well as her legs. She does not seem to be uncomfortable or in distress. She is not biting, scratching, or grooming excessively. Her skin appears to be a light pink with no lesions. There are very short hairs like an undercoat. I have not found any clumps of hair around the house. Five months ago, we moved to a new apartment. The only environmental changes are carpeting and baseboard pipe heating. The carpets had been chemically cleaned as well as me using "Carpet Fresh". It has started spreading more rapidly. What is it and what should I do? My brother suggested benadryl. Please help!!

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Apr 08, 2016
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naked lady NEW
by: Anonymous

Kitty last year around this time started loosing hair on her belly and rear end down her back legs. It seems to be a spring/summer thing. I took her to the vet and she gave her a shot and took blood. Nothing was found. She went through the summer with a naked rear end and back legs as well as stomach. Her hair grew back in the fall when the temperature turned cooler. Well, a new year and Kitty is starting to loose hair again. I'm going to try the corn litter and look for food that is for cats with allergies. These shots the vet gave her did not help. Maybe there is a sauve you could suggest that would stop the licking and hair loss.

Mar 17, 2012
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Callie's hair loss
by: Helen

The white Tabby here sounds exactly like what I'm going through with my 3 year old cat. I got her from PetSmart when she was 9 months old and already had a litter of kittens. She had little hair on her belly but I thought it was due to having kittens before I got her. As time went on she was missing more and more hair on her side. She now has a patch as big as my fist. She doesn't scratch,or constantly groom herself and the skin isn't red or soar. It has a layer of short hair all over her belly and the patch. She doesn't have flees as I use an expensive flee control and she never goes outside. She seems happy and comfortable and otherwise a normal cat. I take her for regular checkups and the Vet. did blood test and everything is normal. I changed her cat litter to unsented and aldo her food. I only give her food that doesn't cause allegies. No grains or chicken or soy. Nothing seems to help. The seller said she had a few cats with the same problem and told me she gives them some kind of shot that cures it for a while but it comes back. I'm thinking Callie was one of those cats and she neglected to let me know.

Feb 13, 2012
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"harley" the mean kitty
by: Anonymous

I have a 4 year old male,neutered, indoor cat.He walked into my apartment door and adopted me. He was about 4 months then. About 2 years ago, "Harley" started grooming excessively around his back end and tail. He was losing his hair and he started scratching so much that he developed sores around his throat.The vet said that he was a tom, and needed to be neutered."harley" is a very aggressive cat. and he will not allow strangers to handle him. The vet then gave him an allergy shot and sent him home. the licking and scratching returned as soon as the surgical meds wore off. He also drinks more than most. He urinates normally.Now his rear end looks swollen

Mar 05, 2011
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cat pulling hair out
by: marguerite

i have a long haired cat that i/s pulling out his hair and bitting which causes scabs.this started after he had aflea both and new flea collar.i also c hanged his food to an all nae,and got scoopfree achine where it uses crystal,litter.what could of caused his behavior.i then washed him with dawn but he's still doing it.i also have a tabby that is pulling he's hair out just like your white tabby.please help'thanks marguerite.

Jul 04, 2010
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Cat Hair Loss
by: Pat

I have a 6 year old cat who has had this same problem for several years. I originally got him at the animal shelter when he was probably 8 months old, and he was a mess at that time. Supposedly he had been a feral cat who was trapped with some other feral cats. After several weeks he became fairly social with people, and they put him up for adoption. I took him to my vet and after $600 in tests, I was told he is allergic to corn, wheat, chicken, beef, lamb -- all things that you find in most cat foods. There are only a few fish and sweet potato based foods on the market, which is what he should ideally be eating for his condition. And he won't eat any of them. So I have a cat with no hair on his belly and hind legs. He is otherwise very healthy.

Apr 25, 2010
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Cat losing hair on underside and legs
by: Anonymous

My 10 year old cat has been losing hair on her underside and on all 4 legs since last year. My vet told me it is stress related. I come around some website blog with people have the same problem and one of them said it is the scented kitty litter that is causing the problem. I recalled the company I bought the kitty litter from had changed to a different brand last year. It is a very heavy scent clay litter. I went to WalMart and bought some natural Clumping kitty litter made from corn. My cat's hair is slowing growing back on her legs and underside. I am so grateful to those who post that message. I hope this post will help those that has the same problem

Feb 12, 2010
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Possible Reasons for Cat Hair Loss
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear about your cat's hair loss.

Hair loss in cats can have many different causes, like endocrine problems, fungal infection, anal gland infections, etc.

Most owners do not notice excessive grooming, but if the hair loss is symmetrical, it is likely due to grooming. This is often called: Feline Symmetric Alopecia.

To narrow down the possible causes your vet will likely do a good physical exam and possibly a skin scraping to rule out parasites.

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