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my cat now 6 years old has a line of small patches of hair

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my cat now 6 years old has a line of small patches of hair loss running vertically down both her front legs - she licks at them - have tried Tea Tree oil and aso 2nd round of Stronghold selamectin but to no avail - symptoms now there for well over a month - what can I do ?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 years ago.

Good afternoon and welcome to Just answer!! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

This condition could be a number of disease processes listed below:





Stress Induced Obsessive/Compulsive

For the allergic, this will respond to Benadryl at 1 mg per pound every 12 hrs. This is the infant liquid form at the pharmacy given with a dropper. If there is no response to this, have your vet examine Thembi to determine if there are parasites and/or infections that would require prescription medications. If Thembi is sterilized, this could be due to the lack of hormones and your vet has treatments for this. This symmetrical pattern could be caused by this condition and this is common in older cats like Thembi.

The last, stress induced OCD, may respond to Feliway. This is a feline pheromone that cats as a calming agent and will decrease anxiety.This can be purchased at the pet store.If this is not enough, your vet will have medications to help decrease anxiety and stop this skin condition.

there are metabolic diseases that can cause this symmetrical hair loss so have your vet examine Thembi and run lab work to rule these out.


Good Luck!

Sincerely, Dr. Loretta

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Dear Dr. Loretta

I will try the Benadryl and get back to you - is this possible after a few days? Thembi 's test for ringworm was negative...

Thank you and Kind regards


Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 years ago.
Yes, MBR, it is possible..try the Benadryl first and expect some salivation after giving the is normal. If this does not help, then this may be the Hormone Responsive Alopecia which will require medication from your vet...let me know by logging back into this question...thanks!