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My 19 year old cat has recently developed matted and loosing

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My 19 year old cat has recently developed matted and loosing hair. It does not seem to be causing her discomfort but more matting continues to appear and hair loss seems to be increasing also.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Katie Volat replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Katie Volat replied 12 months ago.

Matting and hair loss can be a sign of several different things in older kitties like Lily. The most common problem is may see something like pepper on her skin which is flea excrement. If she is grooming excessively, itchy, and if her hair feels stubbly, then fleas are very likely. If the hair is falling out in patches, or if she is pulling her hair out, I would be suspicious that she may be painful, as older kitties can get sore from arthritis. Either way, you may want to have her thoroughly examined by your vet to ensure nothing more serious is going on.