Hair loss during shedding is a natural process for cats. Moulting in healthy animals occurs 2 times a year, in early spring and late autumn. Prolonged and excessive hair loss can signal dangerous disturbances in the animal's body.
Hair loss in domestic cats is a common problem and can be caused by many factors. The main reason for incessant shedding in domestic cats is very often improper diet. Lack of vitamins and minerals leads to destruction of hair follicles and permanent hair loss.
Infection of the cat with skin mites and other parasites inevitably leads to loss of hair. Puff lice are often found in domestic animals.
Infection with skin fungi also results in profuse hair loss. For example, with microsporia, due to the absence of itching and anxiety in a cat, the fungus spreads to the entire body, causing significant damage to the scalp.
For animals with reduced immunity, excessive hair loss is characteristic, these are animals that have recovered from serious illnesses, underwent surgery or obtained by close crossing.
Allergic reactions to inappropriate food or other substances can affect your cat's hair growth. When the immune system is weakened, allergens accumulated in the blood will lead to hair loss.
Vegetative-hormonal disorders, vitamin deficiency and violation of the mating phases affect the loss and deterioration of the quality of the cat's coat.
In the postpartum and lactation period, hair growth in many cats stops, hair falls out quickly and in large quantities.
Long-haired cats need daily brushing. Hair not removed by combing in such cats forms hairballs in the stomach and ugly tangles on the body, which negatively affects the appearance.
If you notice excessive hair loss in your pet that does not correspond to the season of natural shedding, you should contact your veterinarian. It is also worth changing your cat's diet to make it complete and balanced.