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Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
What age is your cat and does he go outside?
When was he last treated for parasites and what was used?
Would it be possible to send a clear photo of his skin?
I can certainly see where the fur is thinning.
Is the skin pink or scabby?
With regards ***** ***** in colour, this is likely due to the sun! Ginger highlights are common and no cause for concern.
Is the dry food a 'complete' adult food rather than a topper?
Over grooming can have several causes. The most common at his age would be parasites (fleas or mites), allergies (to e.g. food or grass/pollen), anxiety or bacterial / fungal infections. If the skin appears normal, and infection is less likely.
Frontline treats for fleas and ticks but not mites so it would be worth using a prescription broad acting spot on such as Advocate (which his vet can provide) when next due. If fleas are likely, ensure all cats/dogs/rabbits are treated, as well as the environment as 95% of any flea burden live in the home. We should treat by hoovering daily, hot washing all bedding and rugs over 60' and using a flea spray containing IGR such as Indorex.
If you feel the coat is poor quality, it may be worth starting a skin and coat supplement such as YuDerm.
I would continue with that food and start the supplement as planned.
When it comes to parasites, some cats will react more than others. So, if he does have an infestation it is essential we treat all of the cats (even if they are not showing signs) so they are not a source of the parasites.
I hope this has helped and stay safe!
And you :)