Hair Loss or ‘Alopecia’ is a common feline disorder and may be symptomatic of various fatal ailments in cats. Though losing a few strands of hair is considered as quite normal, but sometimes various malfunctions in the body may surface up in the form of acute hair loss. Hair loss in cats may be noticed either as impaired growth of new hair or loss of hair in patches from specific parts of the body. At times, the coat of the animal feels grimy, or the hairs look dry and frail. Most of the time, you will find an alopecic cat scratching or biting himself. These counteractive measures might sometimes lead to other serious skin conditions. Go though this article to know more about feline alopecia.

Causes of Alopecia
Read about the various physical and psychological anomalies that lead to Alopecia in cats.

  • Mites, fleas or other parasites may give rise to hair loss in areas like the inner thighs and abdominal areas.
  • Certain allergic reactions from food, especially the intake of certain proteins generally leads to the problem.
  • Inhaling allergens such as pollens, molds or house dust mites causes ‘Atopy’ (allergic inhalant dermatitis) and leads to hair loss.
  • Fungal infections like ringworm cause circular patches of hair loss in the head, body and the ears.
  • Malfunctions (either a deficit or a surplus) of the hair growth hormones lead to Endocrine Alopecia in cats.
  • Psychogenic Alopecia is brought about by various psychological problems like anxiety, stress, fear or nervousness.

Remedy for Alopecia
Sample these remedies to get rid of Alopecia in cats.

  • Provide your kitty with a well-balanced and nutritious diet. Avoid giving her table-scraps or off-brand cat foods.
  • If the condition is due to stress, provide her with a fun environment with a lot of scope for recreation.
  • To prevent your cat from inhaling allergens, use an air purifier and vacuum carpets and rugs thoroughly.
  • You can also try administering certain anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication after proper medical counseling.
  • The veterinarian may also put the animal in a three month experimental diet consisting of proteins and carbohydrates.
  • Certain medicated soaps, ointments and lotions are also available to cure the disease. Consult your veterinarian.
  • If hair loss is induced due to hormonal imbalance, your cat might also have to undergo certain hormone therapies