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What are some reasons for cat hair loss?

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Allergies, ringworm infection, stress and parasites are common causes that may result in hair loss in a cat, according to WebMD. Some pure-bred cats, such as the Himalayan and Bengal breeds, are genetically predisposed to having hair-loss problems, and others are born with a harmless skin condition resulting in chronic hair loss. In rare cases autoimmune disorders, such as diabetes and thyroid conditions, and cancer in older cats may result in hair loss.

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Parasites, such as fleas, ticks, mites and lice, often cause a cat to lick and scratch her fur excessively, resulting in hair loss and possible sores, states WebMD. Parasites are easy to treat with medicine. A ringworm infection is the result of a fungus that causes a scaly ring and hair loss in the infected area. Ringworm treatments include antifungal creams and ointments prescribed by a veterinarian.

Hair loss as a result of food allergies requires a complete change in diet for the cat, informs Animal Planet. Foods that are free of dyes and excessive additives, such as canned food with only a few, simple ingredients, and foods that are fish-based or poultry-based may help alleviate symptoms in a cat. If the cat is allergic to an item in his environment, the owner may replace the item with a hypoallergenic version, such as hypoallergenic bedding, or switch to using greener products to alleviate symptoms.

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