Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.
Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, still can you tell me:
First, are you seeing any bald patches?
Where is she losing hair?
Any changes to the skinin these areas (ie crusting, dander, redness,ulcers, sores, scabs, pustules, pimples, etc)?
Are you seeing her grooming all the time?
Or not as much to match the level of hair loss?
Has she had any diet change in the past 4-6 weeks before this started?
When was she last treated for fleas and what did you use?
Any changes at home (ie new people, pets, animals in the neighborhood, babies, renovations, house moves, etc)?
Thank you,My apologies that I didn't catch your message before I had to be away to see my own patients. Still I do thank you for your response because it does let us start to narrow down the causes for her signs. Now if you do have photos of your cat's hair loss, then I am happy to have a look (since it will let me see what you are seeing). The website prevents direct email exchanges but you can post your photos either by using the wee paper clip on the tool bar (More Info). Or you can post them on a 3rd party site (ie Flickr, Photobucket, etc) and paste the web address here. Or you can contact customer service (HERE) and ask them to send the photos to me.That aside, as I am sure you know, the mystery of what makes a cat incessantly itch, chew, or pull out hair can be a real challenge to get to the bottom of. This is because feline itchiness and hair loss can be caused by a number of things. Generally speaking, we tend to divide these causes into 2 categories: stress induced overgrooming and irritiative skin diseases (which contains our infectious agents as well as our allergies).Now with your history, just seeing her scratch incessantly makes stress based overgrooming less likely (those cats tend be closest groomers, not actively itchy). Furthermore, if we have hair loss everywhere, this again makes stress a bit less likely (since the tend to stick to easy reach areas, as there is no motivation to target everywhere. Furthermore, if you aren't seeing the aforementioned skin changes, our mites, bacteria and fungal causes wouldn't top our list either. Instead, we'd be quite suspicious of allergic causes.So, already we can narrow out suspects, though the allergy differential contains a large number of potential allergens because allergies can be to literally anything in their kitty world. This includes parasites (like fleas saliva, not the actual flea), pollens, dietary proteins, environmental agents we use in the house, and anything that they essentially come into contact with. That said, even with this category, if she has had no change in diet that is one big group of allergens off our list right off the bat.
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Hello again,Thank you for the photos. While the photos seem to be quite small, it doesn't appear that we have any bacterial or fungal signs here (Though I must say that it is difficult to appreciated where the 3rd photo is on his body) . Therefore, based on these and your history, I would be even more suspicious of an allergy basis for his overgrooming and I do feel an antihistamine (+/- steroid) would be useful to stop his itch and help settle his skin. Furthermore, if he hasn't had flea treatment recently, it'd be advisable to do so now to make sure you can rule these our as potential trigger for his allergy signs.
look how prity she is…look on the head