Shedding is a natural physiological process in cats. However, excessive hair loss that has resulted in bald patches and hair that falls out in clumps during grooming or brushing should ring warning bells and a trip to the vet should be made in order to identify the underlying problem.
The technical term for loss of hair is “alopecia”, a condition that can occur as a result of a variety of reasons. Cats generally shed heavily during spring and autumn so their hair coat suits the existing conditions of the seasons.
Two common reasons for excessive hair loss in cats include:
- Severe flea infestation – Some cats are hypersensitive to flea saliva, and the typical reaction to flea bites is intense itching. Persistent scratching can cause inflammation of the skin and eventually hair loss.
- Skin Allergies
Cats can suffer from specific types of allergies. In addition to flea saliva, cats can react negatively to allergens in their environment and food. Identifying the actual allergen can be challenging but it is very necessary so that the problem can be addressed. To the status of your Pets Health, take your pet to the veterinarian.