My cat is scratching and losing its hair
Causes of itching in cats
The causes of itching in cats are quite numerous.
If your cat is licking and scratching frantically, it may be a carrier of parasites. Flea bites are the main cause of itching. Fleas are difficult to eradicate and can cause severe allergic reactions. Your cat may have been bitten by chiggers. Ear scabies causes severe localized itching. Digestive parasites can cause intense scratching, as worms irritate the digestive tract.
Itching can be caused by a variety of allergies . It can be an allergic dermatitis to flea bites or DAPP which is revealed by red plaques that can become infected. A single flea bite may suffice. Your cat may suffer from atopy, that is to say a predisposition of allergy to mites, pollens … Food allergy can also cause your cat to scratch excessively.
If your cat is stressed, hyper-sensitive, it can manifest this concern by scratching. These behavioral disorders make the cat anxious and it marks its anxiety by scratching more and more.
Like humans, cats can have the acne . These are blackheads that accumulate and lift the bulb of the hair. It is generally located under the chin and the lips but can become more invasive if the cat is scratching a lot. Antibiotic or antifungal treatment is then necessary.
Causes of hair loss in cats
Hair loss is normal during seasonal shedding, but should not become excessive or localized.
The hair loss can be caused by parasites such as ringworm . This microscopic fungus causes hair to fall on rounded areas of the head, back, thighs. It is very contagious. Other skin parasites can cause hair to fall out. This is the case of scabies and fleas, the bites of which cause pruritus and therefore hair loss.
Certain behavioral disorders can lead to hair loss. When the cat is stressed or hyper-sensitive, it can lick frantically on the flanks and the belly. By irritating the skin, it causes hair loss.
The allergies can cause excessive hair loss. This can be the case of allergies to flea saliva, mites, dust, pollens. Food allergies are also involved.
Hair grows under the effect of hormones. When the secretion is disturbed by hormonal diseases , there can be an extensive loss of hair, symmetrical on the flanks.
How to maintain the hair of your cat?
The good health of your cat’s coat depends primarily on a healthy and balanced diet. It must be sufficiently rich in proteins, polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin A which are the main agents of hair beauty. Regular brushing (at least once a week) will prevent the formation of knots. During seasonal moulting, it is possible to brush your cat more often. If it gets very dirty, a bath with a specific shampoo may be a solution. If your cat is parasitized by fleas, a deep treatment should be carried out. For other irritations, itching and hair loss, the advice of your veterinarian is essential. A wide selection ofcare products for cats (brushes, anti-parasitic shampoos, anti-hair loss, special solutions and many other products) is available in the shop by Woufbox & Miaoubox.