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Cat Shedding Hair: Is This Normal?

A cat shedding hair is usually nothing to be worried about when the amount of hair that is lost is not much more than normal. The only time to really be alarmed is if or when hair is lost in great amounts, in a bilaterally symmetrical manner, or has led to complete baldness, or apart from hair loss, there is scabbing, inflamed skin, bad odor, and your cat seems to be scratching excessively.

Hair Loss in Cats

There are different possible factors behind hair loss in cats, among which are parasites, a cats diet, allergens in the environment, sunburn, thyroid issues, facial alopecia, as well as a variety of diseases and health problems, such as Eosinophilic granuloma (plaques around the thighs, abdomen or legs), too much Cortisone (bilateral and symmetrical loss of hair on the body and trunk, accompanied by some darkening of the skin), hypothyroidism (from a less-than-active thyroid, which leaves cat hair thin, and a cats skin dry). 

Certain infections from fungi, such as ringworms, are also said to cause hair loss in cats. A cat is likely to be suffering from ringworms if he or she begins to lose hair and show patches on the body that are inflamed, circular in shape (about half an inch to a couple of inches in diameter), with some crusting or scaling on the skin. Patches of lost hair are likely to appear around the center of the body, accompanied with a ring in the color red, around the periphery. Ringworms can also show themselves in the form of hairs that are broken, surrounding the ears and facial area. These are very contagious.

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Sunburn, specific allergies (to allergens in the environment, food, parasites and pollen), infections, yeast, bacteria, excessive grooming, certain types of dermatitis (contact, irritant, etc.), endocrinal (glandular), dental and metabolic problems auto-immune diseases; feline cancer, feline diabetes, skin trauma, splinters or foxtails, scabies, mange, exotic or rare diseases, certain medications, as well as obesity are among the possible causes of hair loss in cats. For a correct diagnosis, make sure that you bring your cat to the vet.

Why Does A Cat Get Dandruff?

There are plenty of possible reasons behind cat dandruff, but among the most common is said to be the lack of fats (from cod liver oil and other Omega 3 Fatty Acids) and animal protein in a cats diet. Dandruff in cats can also be caused by changes in the weather or climate, low humidity, allergens in the environment, the Cheyletiella mite or Cheyletiellosis (Cheyletiella mite infestation), sunburn (as dead skin cells flake off), etc. The thing to bear in mind is that cat dander is a natural process wherein cats shed skin, but cat dandruff can be the symptom of something else, if accompanied by other symptoms, especially ones that are severe.

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