A cat's hair can fall out in patches because of hyperthyroidism, ringworm, compulsive grooming, cortisone excess, mange and feline endocrine apopecia, according to WebMD. Feline hair loss is referred to as alopecia and can be partial or complete, according to PetMD. Alopecia also occurs in older cats with cancer and skin allergies. WebMD notes that cat hair loss often makes the coat coarse, brittle or greasy.Know More
Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes cat hair loss, according to WebMD. This condition results in the cat's hair falling out in patches of one-half to two inches across, often with a red ring at the periphery. The skin is often scaly and crusty. Hyperthyroidism — excess thyroid hormone — can cause hair loss in about one-third of cats with the condition. Feline endocrine alopecia is the thinning or balding of the coat on the inside of the back legs. This occurs in neutered males and spayed females. Cortisone excess causes a symmetrical hair loss over both sides of the cat's body, often with a darkening of the skin. Cortisone excess is a likely result of a thyroid problem.
Veterinarians can diagnose the reason for the hair loss, says PetMD. Blood tests, X-rays and muscle biopsies can help determine the cause.Learn more about Cats
Cat whiskers, just like any hair, regularly fall off and are replaced by new ones. Unlike other hair, however, whiskers function as touch receptors that help cats get a better feel of their environment. Whiskers give cats better spatial sense, allowing them to navigate better even in the dark and detect objects, such as other animals.Full Answer >
Leaves fall off an azalea either because of seasonal changes or because the plant is inconsistently watered or excessively fertilized. Deciduous azaleas normally drop their leaves in the fall, and leaves that drop in the summer usually indicate that the plant is in distress.Full Answer >
There are several situations that can cause a cat to develop chronic vomiting, according to WebMD. Vomiting may occur if a cat consumes indigestible items such as grass or foreign objects. The cause could be eating too much or too quickly. She could have eaten food that is rancid or not suitable for felines. Another common cause of stomach irritation in cats is intestinal parasites.Full Answer >
Symptoms of ear mites in cats include head shaking, hair loss, dermatitis, brown or black discharge and too much scratching of the ears, according to WebMD. Other symptoms include ear inflammation, pungent odor, scratches around the ear and blockage of the ear canal with substances that resemble coffee grounds.Full Answer >