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Posted by: Sarah | 2006/08/21

Cat hair loss along spine

Hi! My male cat has a long soft black and white coat. A couple of months ago a patch appeared on his lower back with what looked like a graze/ sore from a cat fight. Since then the hair along the spine has started to fall out and turn hard and coarse with grey hairs. The initial sore has gone but the hair loss/coarseness has got worse and spread up the spine. The vet wasn't too concerned and said it was due to fleas and told me to use the drops behind the neck more regularily. It has been two months now and no changes.
We did change the cats food from the regular science diet to the lite hairball control. Could this be the problem? But it doesn't explain the sore on his back that developed initially and i feel the hair problem is a result of that initial sore.

Please help?

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The food should not do this. Coarse feeling hair can be because the cat is breaking off the hair when it grooms itself. It may be necessary to have a scrape done to identify the cause and treat it specifically. Are the fleas under control?

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Posted by: Sheryl | 2006/08/21

Hi Sarah

Definitely go back to the vet - if the sore was an abcess or wound from the fight, the vet would have treated it. Ringworm can begin with lesions which are followed by hairloss so maybe it is this or some other kind of skin condition - please let us know what happens.

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Posted by: Melbalina | 2006/08/21

Hi Sarah. Perhaps ask your vet to do a biopsy just to make sure (he will remove a tiny piece of the skin by the infected area to test). Have you tried any cortesone creams on the area? Does your kitty scratch/lick/groom their alot?

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