Why do cats pull out their fur?

Original Question: My cat Binx has recently been ripping out his fur in his hind regions and it's now created a bald patch. He is acting completely normal beside this. I got him some hot spot spray to soothe it but I'm worried. - Amber

Why do cats pull out their fur? Aug 20, 2018

Hi Amber,

Hair loss in cats can be due to a number of possible issues. It’s hard to be specific without knowing a lot more about Binx. The development of allergies is possible even after being normal for a number of years – environmental or food are at the top of that list. It’s even possible for indoor cats to get fleas. If there have been other changes in the home, stress or anxiety can be at fault. Oftentimes, this is called “psychogenic alopecia” and you can find more info about it where another pet owner has had a similar experience to you where their cat was biting and pulling out their hair.

Best of luck.

Dr. Ryan Llera

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Hair loss can be due to a number of possible issues. The development of allergies is possible even after being normal for a number of years – environmental or food are at the top of that list. It’s even possible for indoor cats to get fleas or stress and anxiety could be at fault.
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