My Cat Is Losing Hair – Should I Be Worried?

Does a cat lose hair and if so, is this common or should I be worried? A lot of cat owners have asked this question, wanting to know the answers. Cats actually do lose hair, and in the case of cats and dogs, this is referred to as “shedding”. Humans on average lose about 100 strands of hair each day, and cats also shed hair.

Why my cat is losing hair

There are several possibilities behind why cats may shed hair. One is that their diet may contain soy, which works to encourage hair shedding in cats. Likewise, household chemicals have been known to lead to hair loss in cats. A cat that regularly experiences high levels of stress can also shed hair. In the summertime, cats are also likely to get rid of their hair, because it is during the colder months of the year that cats’ bodies are forced to grow thicker hair, to keep them warm in cooler temperatures. Other possible reasons for cats shedding hair are parasites, like fleas and ticks. It is also possible for mother cats to shed some hair after having a litter of kittens. Aging is also a possible reason behind hair loss in cats.

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cat is losing hairCat losing hair under eyes

For cats, thinning of hair under, over or around the eye area is referred to as Demodectic mange. This is more common to dogs, but the condition is contagious by skin contact, and can occur in cats as well. Possible causes of this are feline chlamydia or ringworm in cats. For a precise diagnosis, make sure that you take your cat to the vet.

Cat losing hair under chin

When cats lose hair under the chin area, it is possible that they suffer from feline acne. A warm compress may be used to treat this, but again, it is best to bring your cat to the vet to ensure an accurate diagnosis.

How to deal with cat hair

Shedding can be helped by brushing cat hair a couple of times a day. This process will eliminate hairs that have fallen off or are ready to fall off. Once these hairs come off, new strands will begin to grow, in the process preventing healthy hair from getting weighed down. Various brushing techniques are available for varying cat breeds and hair lengths, and different products are available for helping with shedding. In order to get rid of old hairs, consider a rubber type cat hair brush for grooming cats with longer hairs. Plenty of effective treatments for parasites are available as over-the-counter solutions as well. As for cat hair that may have ended up on your clothing, or pillows, or carpeting, you could use a lint brush and/or a vacuum to get these off.