Question by  worker27 (16)

Why is my feline losing hair on its stomach?

This started about one month ago.


Answer by  ihatetv (581)

It could be a skin irritation-- sometimes they will chew their hair off if their skin is very itchy (could be fleas). My cat was doing this and we found that it was due to an allergic reaction. By switching her to a limited ingredient diet, we were able to lower the number of allergens enough to keep her comfortable.


Answer by  dcbuis85 (267)

Cats lose their hair seasonally to rid themselves of their heavy coat, shedding beyond this can often be explained by allergies, mange, or fleas.


Answer by  Tracipoo (1329)

it could be that he/she is excessively licking the stomach for one reason or another. if they lick one particular spot too much, the hair will begin to fall out and stop growing.


Answer by  jangell700 (101)

Your cat could have a rash, or some sort of allergy to something in the house, the food he eats, or anything else that might cause trouble with his skin. It could also be a mite or fleas that will do that. Another one is ring worm that could start small and grow. Go to the vet.


Answer by  nksmom (197)

Is the cat doing a lot of licking in that area? Cats will lick an area bald if it is in pain. You might want to consult your vet.


Answer by  lois47 (383)

Hair loss has many causes, all of which need to be determined by a vet. It could be as simple to treat as an allergy or a parasite, or it could be as serious as Cushing's or Addison's Disease, or a thyroid problem. Lab tests will tell you.


Answer by  katharine (3981)

If your cat is a female and isn't spayed she could be pregnant. When cats are pregnant they lose hair around their nipples. Another possible explanation is that your cat is allergic to something it's coming in contact with and that's causing the hair loss.


Answer by  catysuzgirl2000 (578)

Hair loss in cats is known as Alopecia. A skin itch or Atopy in cats, or Pruritus or an allergy can cause hair loss.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well that may indicate a loss of protein in her diet. So maybe there also might be something else that is wrong with your cat. You will not know until you go to the vet.

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