Apart from normal shedding periods, our cat should not lose hair, much less show bald spots or alopecic areas. Therefore, if we detect a lack of hair, we are facing a health problem that we must treat.
The causes of hair loss are numerous and have both a physical and psychological origin.
The most common are usually different parasites, such as fungi, mites or fleas, in addition to psychological problems that may be behind this pathological hair loss.
Tips to avoid hair loss in cats
Although it all depends on the pathology that is causing excessive hair loss, at general levels these tips can help you prevent hair loss:
- Regular deworming adapted to the living conditions and characteristics of the cat.
- Early treatment of any problem in the animal’s skin.
- Provide the cat with an environment in which it can develop its nature, with space to climb, places to hide, exercise, play, etc.
- Dedicate play time.
Stress management, in addition to an enriched environment, implies offering a safe, quiet and comfortable environment. If we have doubts, we should consult with experts in feline behavior or ethologists.
Of course, a quality diet and regular brushing also contribute to your hair health.
When is hair loss a concern?
Outside of the shedding season, in which the cat will lose more hair, you should always consult with the veterinarian. It is important to get a diagnosis and treat it on time. Not only to prevent lesions from progressing, but because some causes of alopecia are contagious.
Treating in time we reduce the risk of contagion, which can even affect people.