Feline alopecia is a common dermatologic presentation because of the overt clinical findings observed by the owner. Alopecia can broadly be. Le sindromi paraneoplastiche con manifestazione cutanea nel cane e nel gatto: un caso di alopecia paraneoplastica felina. Published in Veterinaria Anno 17, n. If your feline is losing fur, there might be a problem with her endocrine system. Learn how vets reach a diagnosis of endocrine alopecia and how it’s treated.

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However, as knowledge of feline medicine has expanded in recent years, this condition is no longer considered a single disease. If your vet determines that your cat’s alopecia is caused by an endocrine issue, your cat may need hormonal supplementation. Archived from the original PDF on Wikimedia Commons has media related to Diseases and disorders of cats. Psychogenic alopeciaalso called over-grooming or psychological baldness, [1] [2] is a compulsive behavior that affects domestic cats.

Diagnosing the underlying cause of hair loss felinna a cat can be a long process. Feline alopecia was thought to be a fellna of the endocrine system, which includes the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, thyroid and parathyroid glands, ovaries, and testicles.

For the majority of cats, prompt evaluation, appropriate diagnostic steps, and specific treatments will help your cat find relief and quickly regrow a thick and healthy coat of fur.

Muller and Kirk’s Small Animal Dermatology indicates that most cats exhibiting the symptoms of feline endocrine alopecia have underlying allergic or psychogenic disorders.


Female cats appear more alipecia. If an anti lick collar is used, a soft anti-lick collar is less cumbersome, although they are less durable. Cat diseases Cat health.

Psychogenic alopecia

If hair loss is the sole symptom of a cat’s endocrine disorder, the risks of treatment must be weighed with the potential benefits. The cat should be taken to a veterinarian. Areas affected are those the alopefia can access most easily, including the abdomen, legs, flank, and chest. When the cat stops wearing the collar, thinned hair, redness of skin or cracked nipples on the cat are early indicators that the cat has started to over-groom again. Sores can also be treated with cream, oral or injected anti-inflammatorieshowever if the problem continues to recur it may be more cost effective to subject the cat to laboratory testing early on.

Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Antidepressants for cats may be suggested by a vet. Generally, psychogenic alopecia does not lead to serious health consequences or a decreased lifespan. However, it is important to get your cat to a vet as soon as you notice symptoms. Deprivation of alooecia could be the part of the problem for indoors only cats. Views Read Edit View history. As household antiseptics are known to be toxic to cats, veterinary antiseptics for cats can be used to treat open sores, if they do occur.

The cat can sanitize the wound if the collar is removed for daily short periods of time, also giving the cat an opportunity for an overall grooming. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Only a few, isolated feliina of feline alopecia can be tied to endocrine disease. A true endocrine cause of alopecia is exceedingly rare in cats. Grooming is a natural behavior for cats. Historically, sex hormone replacement was recommended. In most cases xlopecia appear to fit feline endocrine alopecia, a different cause can eventually be discovered. However, there is no concrete documentation that there is an underlying endocrine cause for this syndrome in cats.

It may be difficult to keep a clean dressing on a cat’s belly, and an anti-lick collar is adequate to let the wound heal. Scratches and wounds can heal completely using this method. If the cat wears a plastic anti-lick collar, it may use the edge of the collar to grind against existing wounds, making them worse.

The first tests your vet is likely to start with include:. Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss. You may need to consult with a specialist in internal medicine at this point, as these conditions are rare in cats.

Once your vet has ruled out more common causes and over-grooming, he may then evaluate your cat to see if there is an underlying endocrine issue that is causing the hair loss.

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