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Posted by: mother | 2010/09/10

losing hair

Hi, my 8 year old (human yrs) cat keeps losing hair in on her hind legs and tummy area. I had her at the SPCA but they said it could be hormonal or a worm. I deworm my cat twice a year. What can the problem be? Ver concerned mother.

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Hi there

Sorry for the late reply

I suspect tht you cat may have a behavioural disorder associated with anxiety. Licking of the skin leads to a god feel factor - seratonin release.

This is a difficult condition to treat and may involve the use of hormone therapy or the use of psychotropic drugs such as clomipramine.

See if there is an initiating factorto the anxiety - new cats in the environment, other cats coming into the house etc.

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Posted by: mommy | 2010/10/11

Hi, any further advice? This time around the hair is not growing back.

Thanks
mommy

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Posted by: mother | 2010/09/14

Thank you so much. She does not excessively lick herself. The hair also falls out on her tummy, literally looks like she has been shaven. She has never been a loving cat, a total loner and only demands to be fed and left alone. We interact, she and I but she prefers only to play when she is in the mood. As for other cats, I also can’ t say. I have only seen 1 other cat in the area and I am living at my home for 5 years. Maybe I should change her food? At the moment she is eating Friskies and she loves it. Loves it more than Hills. Mother

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2010/09/13

Hi there

Sorry for the late reply

I suspect tht you cat may have a behavioural disorder associated with anxiety. Licking of the skin leads to a god feel factor - seratonin release.

This is a difficult condition to treat and may involve the use of hormone therapy or the use of psychotropic drugs such as clomipramine.

See if there is an initiating factorto the anxiety - new cats in the environment, other cats coming into the house etc.

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Posted by: Cat Lady | 2010/09/11

Its liekly to be a hormone problem. I have 11 cats and some of them have similar symptoms - age makes no difference although the oldest one is 15, one 14 years, 13 and 4 years old that are all on Ovarid 20mg. They get given one quarter of a tablet per week and the problem is solved. Obtainable at your vet but he will probably want to check out the cat first. Good luck. It really works.

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