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Posted by: Miki | 2011-09-19

Cat plucks out hair

My cat is 15 years old, and in excellent health. He has lately started plucking out mouthfulls of his hair. He has already created one bald spot, although he plucks hair from different parts of his body. What could this be, and what can we do?

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Hi Miki

There are a multitude of feline conditions that have a similar clinical presentation as to what you have described.

I would advise that you visit your local vet to have some diagnostics conducted. The diagnostics that they may carry out may include a skin scrape, skin biopsy, X-ray, Feline viral testing, allergy testing etc. Possible causes include Fungal/Bacterial/Parasitic infection, Atopy, Food hypersensitivity, Psychogenic alopecia, Feline Paraneoplastic syndrome, Hepatocutaneous Syndrome, Contact Dermatitis etc.

I hope that you can resolve this problem as it can be very traumatic for your cat.
Kind Regards
Angus Campbell

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2011-09-20

Hi Miki

There are a multitude of feline conditions that have a similar clinical presentation as to what you have described.

I would advise that you visit your local vet to have some diagnostics conducted. The diagnostics that they may carry out may include a skin scrape, skin biopsy, X-ray, Feline viral testing, allergy testing etc. Possible causes include Fungal/Bacterial/Parasitic infection, Atopy, Food hypersensitivity, Psychogenic alopecia, Feline Paraneoplastic syndrome, Hepatocutaneous Syndrome, Contact Dermatitis etc.

I hope that you can resolve this problem as it can be very traumatic for your cat.
Kind Regards
Angus Campbell

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