My 11 yr. old CAT is loosing her hair on her left rear side. She eats and drinks normal, has lots of energy. What is causing this condition?
Type of Animal: Cat
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Is she an indoor only cat?
Do you notice, her licking or scratching at this area?
Is there weight loss?
She goes outside also in an enclosed space
I haven't noticed her scratching that spot
She seems to have lost some weight but not to extremes
Ok - thank you - I am going to list some thoughts to consider - please give me a few moments to be comprehensive in possible causes.
The most common causes for this, especially in a cat that can go outside (even for a brief period of time) include:1) Infectious causes:- Bacteria- Mites- Fleas2) Going back to the topic above - FLEAS and flea allergy dermatitis (not just the fleas themselves...) but the ALLERGY with cats associated with just one flea bite can be quite intense.3) There are some cats which will have fur loss due to internal reasons - and the most common one would be an overactive thyroid. For this reason, especially in older cats checking the thyroid value notably would be a consideration with your history.4) Environmental as well as food allergies can cause these signs as well, again - especially environmental even if going outside.For allergies, whether flea, food, or environment, options include:- Steroids (Prednisone - LINK HERE)- Antihistamines such as Benadryl (LINK HERE) or Loratidine (LINK HERE).IF diet is a concern - then a hypoallergenic diet example that is common to use in cats is Hill's Z/D (LINK HERE)Finally - there are some cats that have fur loss and there is just no cause we can identify....For these cats, it is thought that OCD/behavioral/anxiety related issues are the cause. (LINK HERE)For that as well, they can benefit from steroid injections - but owners also find it beneficial to consider a product called Feliway - LINK HERE or a calming collar (LINK HERE) which emits phermones/hormones that are supposed to decrease stress or anxiety in cats. I hope this helps!If you have any follow-up questions - please do not hesitate to ask! Otherwise - please remember to click ACCEPT. If we have exited the chat session, you may click a “Happy Face” followed by “Submit”.Find me any time if needed: http://www.justanswer.com/veterinary/expert-criticalcarevet You can always request me through my profile, bookmark my page for future help, or beginning your question with “For CriticalCareVet”____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Please click the "GREEN ACCEPT" button if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for helping you. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated.This is necessary so that I can get credit for assisting you and compensated for my time.Once you click accept, your question will not close, and you will still have the opportunity to follow-up if needed.Also remember, sometimes the medical information and recommendation may not be what you want to hear, but it is being made in the best interest of your pet - please be courteous in your response, even if this is not exactly what you wanted to hear - we are only making the best and safest possible recommendations for you and your loved ones.Please keep in mind that if you do not list all the important information above (medical history, current medications, previous illness, etc) it is harder for me to give you the most complete information.With this communication - we are here to guide you in making the best decision for your pet. This is for informational purposes only. We are not allowed to diagnose and prescribe medications - rather provide a course of action to speak to your veterinarian about - and any medical therapy and treatment should only be performed after an in-person examination with your veterinarian as a professional-client relationship has not been established on the site. While information may be discussed, this is not intended as an encouragement for you to self treat your pet, rather information online, and any treatment provided should only be performed after consulting your veterinarian.
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