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February 14, 2010 at 9:57 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Cat Skin and Hair Problems: Natural Hair Loss Treatment for Cats

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Does your cat seem to be constantly itching and biting their skin? Are they losing more and more hair every day? If so, your cat probably has a skin or hair disorder. Skin and hair problems in cats are very common, and sometimes go unnoticed. Recognizing when there is a problem, and treating it as soon as possible, will help your cat live a full and happy life.

Causes of Hair Loss in Cats

There are a variety of factors that can cause your cat to lose their hair. Stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss in felines. When cats are stressed out they over groom their selves and remove too much hair. Allergies are also a common cause of hair loss. If your cat suddenly starts losing hair, it could be the result of a change in their environment or a change in diet. Beside stress and allergies, there are a several diseases and disorders that will cause your cat to lose hair. Some of these conditions are listed below:

  • Cushing's disease is a common cause of hair loss that can be identified by the way your cat loses their hair. Unlike other conditions that cause hair loss, cats with Cushing's disease will lose their hair in the same spot on both sides of their body. Your cat may also seem very bothered when you touch their skin or pet them.
  • Addison's disease is the result of a significant decrease in adrenal activity, causing a change in skin color, hair loss, and lethargy. This disease is usually brought on by a more severe problem, such as cancer or lymphosarcoma. Fortunately, this disease is not very common in cats.
  • Hyperthyroidism is a condition caused by a hormone imbalance is the most common cause of hair loss in cats. Symptoms include: weight loss, excessive urination, and drinking unusually large amounts of water.
  • Hypothyroidism, also caused by a hormone imbalance, leads the cat to bite and lick their skin until their skin is dry, and hair begins to fall out. Symptoms of Hypothyroidism include rapid weight gain and developing very dry hair and skin.

Feline Skin Disorders

Identifying what type of skin disorder you cat has can be very difficult, since many of the disorders have symptoms that include dry skin, itching, and hair loss. Here are some of the more common problems:

  • Ringworm is a fungus that infects the skin, causing your cat to itch excessively, often resulting in hair loss. Your cat will usually experience redness and scaling skin at the site of the infection.
  • Fleas are probably the most common cause of itchy skin on your cat. Fleas bite your cat's skin, causing them to itch excessively and give them dry, red skin.
  • Food allergies are also a common cause of dry and itchy skin.


With many probable causes of hair loss in your fluffy friend, it's good to know there is a preventative treatment! An all-natural treatment called Derma-IonX will help to heal your cat's sores and infections. It is a non-toxic solution, not to mention an easy way to treat all of these skin and hair problems your cat may be experiencing. Though other products may claim to be effective, only Derma-IonX is all natural, veterinarian recommended and proven to work through topical application and ingestion to heal from the outside in and the inside out.

Photo Credit: Mohammed Nairooz

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