Ever since Gracie has gone in heat shes been pulling out her hair on her back end.
This is the situation: I raised Gracie since approx. 2 weeks old. She is now almost a year and a half old and the vet said she just now thinks shes big enough to spay (right around 3lbs). When she was almost 3wks I left her in another vets care and he put a FULL adult cat dose of flea prevention on her which resulted in a temporary peralysis (sp) and a $400 trip to the ER vet. Thankfully shes been fine and had no serious medical conditions after that. Ive been leary to put flea stuff on her since then; call me paranoid but we still arent sure if the paralysis was bc that vet put so much flea preventative on her or if the chemicals did it. When I noticed her pulling her hair out around her tail end, I put 3/4 of a dose of flea preventative on her (vet suggested). It doesnt seem to be getting any better - if anything it seems to be getting worse. Theres no redness or bumps of any kind, just a lack of hair, and what hair she does have is just fuzz. She has another vet appt scheduled, but in the meantime Im trying to figure out what it could possibly be?
Could it be from the change in hormones from her heat? Do cats get some kinda mange? Im open to any suggestions and plan on picking the vets brain. FYI: I do plan on getting her spayed ASAP, but Id like to get this under control first if at all possible.
Did I read this right? You have a cat who is almost 1 year old, and she ONLY weighs 3lbs? My SMALLEST adult cat weighs 6lbs, and she is very small! The average weight of a cat is 6-10lbs. Does your vet expect her to grow anymore?
No she doesnt expect her to put on anymore weight unless she fills out some more after shes spayed and only maybe by a pound/pound and a half. We (me & the vet) think on top of probably having small genetics (never saw the parents - some girl brought her to me bc she didnt have time to hand-feed a kitten) that something stunted her growth. Ive sometimes wondered if it had to do with the flea stuff or not.
Animals sometimes do not grow to potential when they do not have their mothers. Sure, you can give formula, but it's not mother's milk by any means, and it can react differently to individuals than it's intentions.
Spaying doesn't cause weight gain, overfeeding does. Spaying will take the weight of the uterus weight off of her, and she will be a little less. If she is that old, and that small, she probably does not need anymore weight. Her build is probably dealing with what it can, and putting on more isn't necessarily a good thing, no matter what the average weight for a cat is. Unless she is unhealthy, she should be fine as far as her weight goes.
As for the hair, I've never heard of a cat doing this. I had an intact female for a long time, only because I couldn't catch her. She had sores around her rear everytime she went into heat, though.
i think it is possible for her to be having hair loss due to hormonal problems.
in some cats though, hair loss can be attributed to anxiety and mostly manifests itself in cats licking their bellys and hind legs completely hair free. i would spay her and see if that does not cure her hair loss within a couple of months. if it doesnt then it may be anxiety related and some other meds can be dispensed for that .
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I had a problem once with an adult cat suddenly beginning to pull out hair all over his abdomen and he meowed at me like crazy. I took him to the vet and was told it was allergies; the vet said that it may not be a permament problem. Garf got a shot of Prednisone to last him for three weeks or so, and the problem resolved and did not re-occur. Just an idea.