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My pet cat has been developing bald patches around their

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Hello, my pet cat has been developing bald patches around their body. What should I do?
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice the cat was losing fur?
Customer: A week ago
JA: Is the cat's skin bumpy or itchy as well?
Customer: It look a little bit bumpy but my cat doesn't find it itchy
JA: What's the cat's name and age?
Customer: Brittany and she is a year old
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: I am applying a gel for it but it's not working
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Brittany has this issue and understand your concern.

Is she grooming more than often; licking or chewing at her skin?

Does she go outside?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
She's not licking it and she does go outside but we have a cage for her to go outside.
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
She only licks it when I apply a gel for it which does not work.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

What is the name of the gel please?

Do you have any other pets?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Oxyderm, yes I do have other pets which also have the same problem
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I had a renovation in my home and after 2 days this has happened. I didn't let them inside the room where it was happening so I am a bit unsure.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Oh ok, this is significant.

What pets do you have?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
They're all cats
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Ok sure; and they are all losing fur?

Is any location more affected e.g. face, ears, elbow, tummy or rump?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
all my cats have the problem. They're mainly affected on the paws/legs.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

When was the last time they were treated for parasites and which product was used please?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
Every month but they had fleas so I ordered advocate but it hasn't arrived yet. I previously used frontline but it didn't work well with my cats.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

So when were fleas seen and when were they last treated?

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
On the 20th October I gave the flea treatments and I first saw the fleas 2 weeks after that treatment.
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I brush them out everyday with a flea brush and water, I also washed them.
Customer: replied 11 days ago.
This problem has been occuring for a few months and I had tried flea bombs for my home to try and get rid of them if they're in the furniture.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Ok thank you for clarifying.

I'm confident the cause of their bald patches is fleas.

Unfortunately using a flea brush and washing cats won't eliminate the burden and, the longer fleas are present, the more irritant they can become.

It is great the Advocate is on the way.

This will need to be applied to all cats at the same time.

On the same day, we must:

  • Hot wash all bedding and blankets over 60'c

  • Use a flea spray containing IGR such as Indorex

  • Hoover thoroughly, focusing on dark areas such as under sofas

It can be tricky to eliminate fleas from multi cat households but it is certainly doable.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

If the lesions persist, there may be a secondary infection which could require a course of antibiotics, so this is worth keeping in mind.

As fleas carry tapeworm, do ensure all cats are up to date with their wormer.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
For their wormer, will panacur be okay? One of my cats are pregnant, what should I do about her?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Yes, Panacur is a great choice.

Panacur is safe for pregnant cats.

Advocate is not licensed in pregnant cats though is often used off label.

If you wish to be extra safe, you could treat her with Frontline, which is licenced in pregnant cats.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
I also bought advantage, is that a good product?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

Yes, it contains the same active ingredient as Advocate (imidacloprid) so generally works well.

Customer: replied 11 days ago.
If I give panacur today, how long should I wait until giving Advocate.
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

We only advise spacing treatment if it is the first time the cats have had both products.

This is so that if any have a reaction, we would know what is caused it.

If neither product has been used before, we should wait 1-2 days in between.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 11 days ago.

I do hope this has helped and please let me know if you have any further questions.

Take care,