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Why is my cat loosing weight and patches of hair?

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why is my cat loosing weight and patches of hair?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am afraid that the expert you have requested is not currently available. Still I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
How long has she had both signs?
Any loss of appetite?
Any increase to her drinking or volumes of urine she is passing?
Does her urine look more waters (possibly less odorous) then it used to?
Where on her body is she loosing hair? Any changes to the skin (ie pustules, pimples, redness, sores, ulcers, crusting, dander, etc)?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She has been losing weight and hair for about 2 months.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Losing hair along her spine near her tail, and one patch on her side. No pustules, pimples, redness, crusting or any other indication of a problem.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We have not way of determining the color of her urine or the volume. She shares a catbox with another cat.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Possible loss of appetite. We free feed our cats and don't know her individual consumption.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She is very hard to catch and handle, probably because she is an F3 Bengal. Hates to be picked up and will run if she thinks that is what is about to happen.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Thank you,
When did the hair loss start? Before or after the weight loss?
Since the pattern of hair loss is over the spine, can you tell me when she was last treated for fleas? What brand did you use?
Are you seeing her scratch, itch, or groom a lot lately?
Any diarrhea or does she have a dirty backside (if you cannot tell who is passing what)?