How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Terri Your Own Question
Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 32666
Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Terri is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My cat has 2 symmetrical stripes of hair loss and darkened ...

Customer Question

My cat has 2 symmetrical stripes of hair loss and darkened skin from the base of his tail to about halfway up his back. My vet said it was probably allergies but we switched his food and nothing happened. I read about Cortisone Excess today and thought that might be the problem. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 11 years ago.

Dear friend,

This is called feline Alopecia. Yoou can read about it here:

Sometimes it is caused by allergies to the grains that are used as fillers in many commercial cat foods. It can also be a result of stress. It is not likely to be an excess of cortisone but can be hormonal if your cat is diabetic or has hyperthyroid.

Look into changing his food to one with no grains and if he is stressed try a natural product like composure liquid at or rescue remedy or feliway available at most pet supplies.

Please let me know if you have any more questions. I will be happy to help in any way possible.

Very sincerely,