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Hi Sav, and welcome!My name is XXXXX XXXXX it will be my pleasure to assist you and Harry today.If the white bald spot has been there for years and doesn't seem to be red, scaly, oozing or painful to Harry, it's most likely nothing to be too concerned about. However, your vet might want to investigate further to find out the cause of this spot and decide if it needs treatment. There are various medical conditions which may cause a cat to lose hair in a specific place and one of them is a fungal skin infection called ringworm; however, your description of the spot does not sound like it would be this. It would be a good idea to have Harry's vet take a look at the spot and take a skin scraping (painless), so cells can be examined under the microscope either by the vet or a laboratory. From your description, it doesn't sound like there's any reason for concern at this particular time, but getting it checked out by the vet is always advisable.I hope all will be well with Harry!
I'm trying to avoid taking Harry to the vet because it is very stressful for him. I just can't seem to work out what would have caused the bald spot?? The bald spot isn't red, scaly, oozing or painful and is hyper visible because of the black hair along his spine. It's about 1cm long and 3 mm wide.Thanks for the information and advice.
I've decided to apply / rub in a small amount of an antifungal cream (for humans) with "Terbinafine Hydrochloride 1%" to the bald spot. I've read that it is quite safe provided cats don't ingest the cream. I will try this once a day for a week and see if there is any improvement. I may have been wrong with my initial assessment of the bald spot. The skin may be 'scaly'.
I will continue to monitor the spot and plan to call a vet if the spot doesn't improve.