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2 year old female losing fur on back before the tail no

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2 year old female losing fur on back before the tail no signs of itching
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the cat's name?
Customer: Putter used frontline over a month ago She has used it many times in the past. that is all she has taken
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about frontline?
Customer: She was with a friend who had a cat for about a month. the other cat is healthy. she was healthy before she went.

Hi there,

I'm Dr. Karing and I would be glad to help with your question about your cat Putter (cute name!!). Just a moment while I type my response...

If Puffer isn't itchy and her skin appears normal without redness or scabs, then the most likely explanation for her hair loss is excessive grooming (aka psychogenic alopecia). Psychogenic alopecia is quite common in cats but is a diagnosis of exclusion. Since flea hypersensitivity (i.e. exaggerated response to a single flea) is a major differential, it is important to continue to address that by using a very effective topical flea control product. Cheristin is the one I suggest as it kills fleas very quickly (i.e. important for allergic cats)

There are a few measures you can take to help address the condition of psychogenic alopecia. Continuing to type....

1. Feliway Pheromone diffuser Multicat (for households with more than one cat) or original for single cat households:

2. VetriScience Composure treats as a natural supplement to address stress:

OR Royal Canin Calm Feline dry diet instead of the treats:

3. Environmental enrichment: plenty of vertical climbing space, multiple food and water stations, multiple uncovered large clean litter boxes, various toys, cardboard, rope or carpet cat scratchers (whichever your cat prefers). You can read more about these measure here:

I would suggest taking these measures for 1 month to see if your cat's hair loss begins to resolve. If not, a trip to the vet would be in order to assess for uncommon causes of unexpected hair loss without skin lesions.

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