Mancat Monday Question: Anyone Have Experience with Fur Loss?


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Hello everyone, I hope you had a good weekend. Ours was a bit nutty, but that’s pretty normal for us.  As you can see, I’m looking out the front window today.  What am I looking for?  Answers, of course.  I thought I’d ask you today and see if you have any words of wisdom for us.

The question, of course, is have any of you dealt with fur loss?  Sister Zoe is losing her lush furs.  She is losing it in two ways, first it seems to be falling out, and second, she is pulling it out.  Take a look at this.

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You can see where Zoe is laying now, and the clumps of fur are from where she rolled over.

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This is from where she was snoozing and then got up and walked away.  Then last night Dad caught her pulling out her fur.

Yes, she has been to the Vet.  She got hauled off on Friday and had a full panel of blood tests and urine tests.  All came back as normal.  So it appears that we have ruled out something medical.  So, is it a food allergy.  Nothing has changed.  Is it stress?  Any ideas?

It’s a mystery we’re determined to solve.  Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often!  Purrrrr! Zip! Later!

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51 thoughts on “Mancat Monday Question: Anyone Have Experience with Fur Loss?

  1. Whisppy

    It sounds like a kind of allergy. Food allergy can develop over time, so maybe switch the protein in her food and see if it helps? Or could it be flea allergy dermatitis? All that’s needed is one flea…

    Is she on any kind of Omega 3 supplement?

  2. Ann Staub

    I’ve seen some cats neurotically lick themselves, usually in a specific location, until they are bald in that area. In one case, the doctor’s determined that maybe it was related to the spay sutures inside of her belly causing a reaction. Maybe it could be boredom, but I know you guys play with them all the time. Who knows, some of us humans do things that are bad for us for no good reason. Kind of like biting our nails.

  3. Sparkle

    What Whisppy said – although I do think it could also be stress. Is Zoe bothered by Precious watching her more than the other cats? Or is she having issues with one of the other family members? I hope you get it figured out! The last time my human saw something like this happen was when her mother had lung cancer and was in the last stages of her life – one of her parents’ cats pulled out her fur and overgroomed. After her mother died, it took a while, but she got back to normal.

  4. Bev Green

    Could be an allergy indeed as they can occur at any time..a change to the ingredients in their food which manufacturers may not mention..a new toy detergent used to wash bedding..a change in season..stress yes can cause persistent licking..has there been any revent flea treatment or worming treatment ..sometimes a bad batch can cause a reaction…we send our hugs and hope that soon you have an answer 🙁 loves Fozziemum xx

  5. Faz the Cat

    We have had this problem with excessive grooming here too when our Persian Bebington wasn’t well, I seem to remember it may have been stress related after I moved in to the house. Hope Zoe gets better soon. FAZ

  6. Katie Isabella

    Hers seems to be falling out more than Zoe is pulling it out. Because that picture shows a lot of fur when she got up. So something is making her fur loosen. She is pulling too but maybe she is doing as usual but the furs are looser and so they come out. I take it the Vet had nothing to tell you. Ask if he she is on the V.I.N. Vet Information Network. They pay to belong but they can pose questions and get answers if other Vets have seen the same thing. Worth asking. Zoe….kissies. Also,(well, I’ll send a note)

  7. Marg

    Sure sounds like an allergy of some sort. I have two cats that do this and the vet here says it is allergies. I don’t know what they are allergic to but my case may be fleas which of course you don’t have I am sure. The Person is going to write you an email.

  8. hannahandlucy

    We wish we could help with this – we are finding more of Hannah’s long fur on the floor than usual at the moment but we think it is just the prolonged hot weather here as that is the cause.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  9. Fuzzy Tales

    First thought was allergies — I know cats can be tested via blood work and also a skin sample, have no idea the cost that would be, though.

    Does her food have any corn, soy or wheat? Those are common allergens…but so are chicken, beef, turkey, etc. Seems everything can cause allergies. :-/

    Annie once had a skin problem, she had one steroid shot at the vet for the itching, and then I pulled up the carpet on the lower floor, laid laminate. She never had the problem after that, so I’ll never be sure what it was in her case. If you have a lot of carpeting throughout the house, though, it could be that, or the fact that even when vacuumed multiple times a week, carpet still holds a lot of dust/dirt (I have to get my upstairs carpets cleaned pronto, to see if that will help Nicki.)

    I wish I had other suggestions, will wish you the best of luck. Purrs from the boys!

  10. Sage

    Oh, no! Poor Zoe. Our long-haired cat is shedding a lot right now, but this seems to be a bit more than that. I hope you get some answers soon!

  11. Coccolino

    Hmm that is a mystery and hopefully one that can be solved quickly and pain-free. We hope it’s just a simple explanation and all is okay with Zoe!

  12. Pat Hatt

    Food allergy most likely, as Cassie has the exact same thing. Stress only amps it up and she’d chew her friggin toe right off, no joke, if she didn’t get to the vet. She gets a steroid shot and sometimes abx shot when she has it, going on 6 months without incident though and all I did was take away her treats and installed emf filters throughout my place. High stressed cats can sense a lot, if your house has way too high emf levels, that just stresses them out more as they are always sensing it, some areas may be higher than others.

  13. Kitties Blue

    We have dealt with this a couple of times with two of our angel cats. With Steamer, a short-haired tabby, it seemed be contact allergies. One thing she was allergic to was anything pine. With long-haired Daphne, I am not sure we even discovered what things she had an allergy to. Both of them used to need regular shots at the vet. Is it is possible that it is heat related? Good luck finding out what is going on with Zoe and getting her to keep her furs. XO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  14. da tabbies o trout towne

    dood…tell yur dad if thiz haz KNOT happened bee fore it may be a change in environment…by thiz we meen a new soap, fabric softener, kleening stuff that Zoe bee layin on ore it could bee frum a seasonal change….everee summer like clock werk, eye lick me belly raw…N de minit de first frost hits….eye quit…just like that…been this way for all me life…???? sorree we canna be oh any mor help……if yur dad haz sum coconut oil, him can put it on ewe aza sort oh salve… will help ♥


  15. Oui Oui

    We wish we could help! The only fur loss we have experience with is MMM’s and that is because she licks and scratches herself so much. For some reason, the mom seems to think if it’s symetrical it’s psychosomatic but if there is no pattern it might be allergies. Have you changed foods or used a new cleaner lately?

  16. speedyrabbit

    Have you tried Coconut oil?its surposed to be good for this sort of thing I think you give them a tea spoon a day then once things settle you can back it off to a couple time a week if I remember correctly,xx Rachel

  17. Tamago

    Oh poor Zoe. It’s hard as there are many possible causes. I think it helps to track back and see if there were anything different from usual, such as new treat, new cleaning supply, new toy, etc etc. I hope she gets better.

  18. Angel AbbyGrace

    Oh dear poor Zoe. We don’t have any experience with this but it does sound like seasonal (??)or allergies of some sort. If all the blood work came back normal I’m sure the Vet is as perplexed as you are. Does she appear to be balding in any spot? The picture of where she had been sleeping makes it appear as if it’s all over.

  19. Cat's Cats

    Poor Zoe, I am so sad to hear she is pulling out her beautiful fur!!! Sounds like she is experiencing some kind of stress. I have heard an evening primrose tablet broken up into food can help with anxiety but of course check with the vet first. Hoping you find answers soon.

  20. Emma

    Mom had a friend whose cat went bald, but it was stress related. They had their first baby and the cat was totally stressed. Is there anything new and stressful in the house?

  21. Deztinee High

    Meez sis Lexi has dat purrawlem sumtimes. Hers gets nervous and hers fur falls out. Shes also had it happen once when hers developed an allewgy tu a food hers ha been eatin’ fur a long time. Wees wil be purrayin’ fuw yous sisfuw Zoey dat yous find out fuw suwe what it is and get it stopped. Meez occasionally loses clumps, but is cuz it wus loose fuw and needed tu fall out.

    Luv ya’


  22. CindyLu

    Flea allergy, or even some other kind of bug bites, might be first thing to rule out.

    Sometimes cats will groom/bite/chew because of stress…took a long time to figure it out, including changing all food, litter, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, even carpet cleaner – and it was because a younger cat in our home was secretly bullying her.

    One of our fosters had been adopted, came back for other reasons – but the adopter stated she’d lose her fur 3-4 times a year. For months she was fine with us, then started getting bald patches. First thing vet recommended was to change to grain-free, high-quality diet. It helped, but she still had issues. Took months before it cleared up, and the cause remains a mystery.

    Sure hope you find the cause, and Zoe can go back to her full-furred ‘do!

    1. CindyLu

      Oops! Accidentally deleted part of the sentence about our Ali having had bald tummy patches, where it turned out the young cat was bullying her.

  23. Miss Kitty

    Hey Brian, remember when Miss Kitty had this problem? It started after she witnessed my hard fall and my lying on the floor so long. I could not get help from anyone for her! So, I went to Drs. Foster & Smith to order something to calm her…she was visibly shaking. I also ordered their Lifestage Select…Premium Multivitamin & Mineral Supplement for Cats. It took a while but her fur is starting to grow in. I still see her pulling it out like Zoe, and I’ll redirect her attention with a toy or walk around with her in my arms reassuring her…the attention seems to work! Looking back…It seems this starts off with stress or drama in their lives. All this time and I am still working with her. She is improving although. Give her more than the usual attention
    and something to calm her… we hope this helps little Zoe

  24. Flynn

    Sorry I have no other ideas than those already suggested. I hope you can figure it out and Zoe stops losing/pulling out her fur.

  25. Fraidy Cats!

    gosh, Brian, we are sorry about Zoe. Our Pip over-grooms herself due to stress, but her hair doesn’t fall out the way Zoe’s is. We hope through everybuddy’s comments you can get some additional insights.

    Scuttles sure is a sweet little kitty. We are purring for her. Would a transport to California be considered, or possible? …or is that too crazy?

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

  26. The Island Cats

    Zoey looses clumps of furs like that but she’s got long furs so we figured it’s just normal. We’ve never seen her pull her fur out. But if Zoe is actually pulling it out, and she’s been checked by a vet and there isn’t anything medically going on, it could be stress related.

  27. Sherri-Ellen T-D

    Well this is a real head scratcher. As the blood work was all right (no physical illnesses) & nothing has changed int he household to bring on stress I am thinking allergy also.
    If you changed the flea treatment that could cause fur loss also…
    good idea to check for ringworm or mites…not sure what kind of bitey insects you have there!
    I wish you all the best trying to solce this mystery of Sister Zoey’s fur loss…
    Will keep an eye on your blog to find out more.
    Sincerely Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue too x0x0x0x0x0

  28. Kitty Cat Chronicles

    Uh oh, poor Zoe! I have dealt with this in one of my cats – Caster. When we first found him, he was fine, but slowly we realized that he was losing the hair right behind his ears. He went almost completely bald behind both ears, and that was the only place. We took him to the vet, but nothing was determined. I think it might have been stress related, as it is now growing back. I’m not sure though, it is sort of just a mystery. I know this doesn’t answer your question, but Caster’s problem seemed to correct itself, so perhaps Zoe’s will too.

  29. Spitty the Kitty

    Oh, poor sweetie! I hope you can figure it out–I don’t have any ideas different from all the many suggestions here. At least the weather is warm so she won’t feel all freezy! XOXOXOX

  30. Ms Stella O Houligan

    Hi guys! My best guess would be the flea allergy too. Miss Jack our tuxie gets all defurred like that all you have to do is touch her and she’s all twitchy. One dose of advantage after a coconut bath and in a few days shes better. The radical temp changes have been creating havoc here in the buggy area.
    Best fishesxoxo
    Ms Stella O Houligan

  31. Basil

    Sorry to hear about the hair loss. My first thought was probably stress, could it be a mite/flea allergy or something? Sorry can’t shed any light. Thinking of you

  32. Scylla, Socks, Tuiren & Fenris

    Maybe it’s the heat. That is the only thing we can think of. Does she have bald patches are or you just worried because of the amount of fur on the floor? If she doesn’t have bald patches we wouldn’t worry to much.

    Scylla says she wishes she had some of the fur on her tail.

  33. Connie

    things like this can be oh so frustrating.. I would be inclined to think it is a food allergy as those things can develop out of no where..

  34. Cathy Keisha

    Whoa, sorry to be late to the pawty. Poor Zoe! I’m shedding like crazy too this year. Pop FURminates me every day and I still leave a lot of fur (although not clumps like you got) on TW’s bed. Monday I frew up a hairball for only the second time in my life. I’m thinking weather change or allergies. I like the cleaning products idea.

  35. Clooney

    Oh sweet Zoe, we feel for you and send you purrs. We wonder if you have tried coconut oil internally (get a virgin one from a healthfood store because if it is virgin it from the coconut meat rather than the dried copra which is bleached and deodorized), also Krill Oil from Dr. Mercola Healthy Pets (it is a good source of Omega 3 and it is just a tiny amount that is needed to be given) or HomeoPet Skin & Itch homeopathic drops ( or in pet stores too). We have been trying different things with Neytiri with regards to this so we understand how one worries about this.

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