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Can you tell me if your boy seems more hungry than in the past?
Does he only lick the one area and is it the only one area that is thinning?
Have you had any blood work done?
With what you described there could be a couple of issues. A cat will cry when in pain or hungry. The licking of the area could indicate some pain in that area he is licking and also why he is crying. The other possibility is Cats will cry when hungry and this hunger and thinning of hair could come along with a Thyroid issue. What I would suggest is a quick trip into the Vet for a hands on exam and a some blood work to look at the thyroid to see if this could be some pain or thyroid problems going on. One other issue can be OCD in cats. Which is where they obscessively lick one area until the hair is gone in the area. For OCD there is a medication that can be given to control the licking. I think the next step is a hands on exam for proper diagnosis.