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Reasons Why Your Cat Might Be Losing Its Fur

It is important to remember that cats are very sensitive to changes in the home. Even small factors such as a friend coming to stay will represent worry for the cat as they are unsure as to the intentions of the new guest. Telltale signs of environmental unhappiness will be displayed by a change in behaviour patterns. A cat will often groom itself excessively to ease environmental stress. A further way of displaying stress is shown by a cat repeating certain manoeuvres, such as asking for food, or asking to go outside.

If you are certain that no environmental changes have occurred, there are other 3 main causes of fur loss, these are:

1) Allergies. Like humans, cats can become allergic to some stimuli within the air or natural environment. Some allergies stimulate excessive grooming which can over a short period cause unintentional fur loss. Once isolated this can easily be controlled. Professional advice is the best way to establish if your cat is suffering from an allergy, although this often proves to be expensive. If you suspect the fur l oss is an allergy and do not which to enlist specialist assistance, the best way is to monitor your cats behaviour and note at which periods fur loss occurs. If you notice a regular pattern you can approach a vet or dermatologist with a diagnosis and then ask for advice, although this process takes longer it is often cheaper and can lead to a better cause of treatment.

2) Infections. Although rare internal infections of the kidneys can cause an unpleasant pain for your cat which can lead it to groom the area excessively in an attempt to make the pain go away. The best way to treat this is a trip to the vet. They will often be able to prescribe an affective treatment which will ease the pain. Usually towards the end of the treatment you should notice your cat ceasing the excessive grooming as the pain diminishes.

3) External Parasites - If your cat is losing fur all over its body a likely explanation is the appearance of external parasites. Parasites such as mites and fleas create constant irritation for cats and can cause rapid fur loss. The solution involves either [another] expensive trip to your local veterinary specialist or the purchase of anti parasite products. These can be purchased from any veterinary agent and are often very simple to apply.

Summary: Fur loss can often be as upsetting for the owner as for the cat. Although expensive, a trip to your local veterinary specialist is often the best solution as the problem can be diagnosed and treated more quickly than relying on home diagnosis.

John Sanderson is a keen cat lover who has recently written a 5 day mini course on cat training. Did you know that there are 5 foods that you must not feed your cat? To find out what they are and more please go to Cat training Secrets.

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