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If you actually see him pulling out his hair, he may have an obsessive-compulsive disorder called feline psychogenic alopecia. This is typically treated by the vet with a steroid shot and sometimes anthistamines to help with itching/sensitive skin. Here is additional information:
Another possibility is food allergies, as your vet suggested, but the allergy may be to the protein source (meat) in the food. Several manufacturers make cat foods with alternative protein and carb sources, like venison and sweet potato, or lamb and sweet peas. Natural Balance and Royal Canin are two manufacturers who make these 'limited ingredients diet' foods (LID). Sometimes you can find them in your major pet supply store and some are only sold by vets.
If the vet is concerned re: possible crystals, Science Diet s/o is better than c/d. It actually dissolves existing crystals and prevents formation of new ones, so discuss this with your vet.
If the vet has not yet done a skin scraping for analysis, this would be a good next step.
If he likes going outside, make sure he's up to date on all his vaccinations and if he prefers eliminating outside, that's fine, as long as he doesn't eliminate outside the box in the house. Cat Attract is good, mixed with his regular litter and you can even try to fill his box with playground sand, if he likes that consistency better, like the sandy dirt outside. You can also spray some Feliway, a cat appeasing pheromone, around the edges of his box, but don't let him near it until it's completely dried, about 20 minutes. This should encourage him to use the box.
Make sure you have a proper fence or enclosure in your yard when you let him out, so he doesn't risk being hit by a vehicle, eating poison, or meeting up with a despicable human meaning to do him harm. If you allow him to roam, there is more risk of danger befalling him, so keep him closeby where you can see him, is safest for him.
I hope all will be well with Zeus!
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