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Good morning. My name is*****; I am a veterinarian. I will do my best to help you and Garfield.Can you post your picture of his eye and this hair loss here for me to see? You use the camera or paper clip icon to do this.Is he eating?Does he go outside?
Thanks for the pictures. I see the area of hair loss but I can't appreciate any swelling. His eye itself looks normal.Does he go outside? Could he have been in a fight or had an injury?Is he eating normally?
Sorry, I see he is eating and is indoors.
The skin in the area of hair loss does not look inflamed or infected in the picture. Is this painful or itchy for him?
I see the bit on the top.Hair loss can be from an injury or fight with another cat. It can also be from a skin infection. Skin parasites are a possibility, such as fleas or mites, but this is usually itchy.
Flea products do not always treat for mites; it depends on what you are using.Does the kitten have any areas of hair loss?
To tell you for sure what is causing this hair loss, I would need to be able to examine him in person, and do skin scrapings to get sample for microscopic examination.You can try applying a little topical antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin to this and see if it helps. Do not get any in his eye, and try to keep him from grooming it off for a few minutes so it can be absorbed.Monitoring it for a few days to see if it is getting better or worse is probably what I would do.Since there are other cats this may be from a fight. Separating him may not help, however. It may make the cats anxious if they are separated.
If this starts to get itchy, I would have him checked for things like ringworm (fungal skin infection) or mites, by a veterinarian.
Please let me know if you have other questions and how Garfield is doing.You can send me updates and photos and ask questions by going to My Questions on the Just Answer website and I will respond when I am next online. I will be checking back with you to see how he is doing. Thanks for using our site.
It is over the counter, for people, in pharmacies or grocery stores. You can also try Vetricyn from a pet store or farm supply store.Another thing to try is Terramycin eye ointment. It can be used on the skin but if it gets in the eye is it not a problem since it is made to treat eyes. It is in farm supply and pet stores unless you live in California.
Sorry, I see you are in the UK! Never mind about California. You should be able to get Terramycin there in pet supply stores or online.
Neosporin is only made for people; sorry I was not clear. Be sure it does not get into his eye.Terramycin is for pets only.
Vetericyn. Only get the ointment form.You can use Neosporin but just on the skin and not in the eye. The same is true for Vetericyn. Terramycin can be used on the skin and the eye; it is made to use in eyes and has an antibiotic in it.
You are welcome. Please let me know how Garfield is doing.
Thanks! Stay safe.
Good morning; this is Dr. Rebecca following up to see if you have other questions. How is Garfield doing?