My 9 year old cat has developed a bald spot on her back, and I am puzzled as to what it could be. It's about 1 inch diameter circle right in the center of her back. It's in a spot where she would not be able to scratch it, and would be difficult to lick. The skin looks fine -- no redness or bumps. It does not appear to bother her in any way.
In the past she has gone through anxious episodes (caused primarily by resident dogs) where she has compulsively licked her "wrists" until they were hairless, but those areas look fine now.
No recent changes in diet. She's an indoor cat 24/7. She and the dog are kind of settled on who is boss now, so I don't think it is anxiety.
With the warmer weather, insect critters might be making an appearance... Could it be a flea allergy? If she happens to be allergic to fleas, just a bite or two could cause a reaction, even if she doesn't appear to be "infested."
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
Has she been recently stressed out by anything? A friend of mine went through something similar to her cat when she added a new puppy to the family. She had a couple of bald spots on her chest and back with no irritations at all, just missing hair.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
Yes - the house was turned upside-down while we got our wood floors refinished last month. I guess since she had expressed stress through licking herself before, I expected that's how it would always show in the future.
Ok. Duh. That's probably it.
I suppose if I give her a really good spring brushing it might not be so noticeable.
food allergy? I tried to switch our kitties to a diffrent formulation or our favorite food, but a few of my cats started losing hair. It turned out it was the salmon in the food not everyone had the issues but a few did. It was the odestthing but as soon as the salmon was gone the ones losing hsir were just fine.