Cat’s Tail Shedding Hair – the List of Causes and Effective Treatment


When we speak of felines shedding of hair at the base of the tail, we do not mean it as an individual disease, but rather as a symptom indicating a disease. If a cat loses hair on its tail, it is essential before everything else to find out the cause of such derangement, and only then one should proceed to therapy.

Causes of Hair Shedding

Among possible ailment that may cause shedding hair at the base and at length of cat’s tail are various skin pathologies as well as systemic disturbances. Possible causes of such a specific symptom:

  • Endocrine disorders;
  • Avitaminosis;
  • Dermatitis and Dermatomycosis;
  • Gastrointestinal Upset;
  • Parasites;
  • Lichen.
More often than not, if cat’s tail is shedding hair, the causes of the symptom are certain parasites. If this is the case, the animal pulls out hair by aggravating and biting the base of its tail in an attempt to get rid of fleas.

As it often happens, alopecia is accompanied by the appearance of wounds and erosions, conditioned by constant skin cover break in this area. It is easy to diagnosticate parasites. One just needs to examine carefully the skin of the animal. Even if the fleas would not be detected, the nits will be visible anyway. They look like small black dots that may not be easily detected with the naked eye. Those nuts can cause irritation on the sensitive skin of some animals too, which comes together with pruritus, and forces the cat to scratch the affected region.

Vitamin Deficiency as a Possible Cause of Alopecia

It’s not uncommon for a pregnant cat to start shedding hair at the base of its tail. In this case we are talking about the lack of nutrients – vitamins and micro-elements. A cat pregnant with a kitten needs a special diet that would be well-adapted for somewhat altered needs of cat’s body. Alopecia with pregnant animals should be treated by making alterations to their diet. If the feline’s diet is based on natural food, it should be supplemented with the intake of respective vitamin additives. Dry feed for the entire pregnancy period should be replaced with special products for cats ‘in a delicate condition’. Such feeds are characterized by a larger variety of vitamins and micro-elements that will be able to cover the cat’s requirement of such substances.

Both small kittens and senior animals may also be amenable to avitaminosis. This is particularly so with kittens pulled off the street. Due to the lack of normal nutrition, the immune resistance of such animals weakens, against the backdrop of which a number of diseases may develop, inclusive of hair loss. In all the above mentioned cases, the symptom can only be beaten off by healthy adjustments to the animal’s nutrition.

You should check it with a veterinary before initiation of special food supplements for older animals (over 7 years old). The matter is that at this age alopecia may be the result of systemic disturbances that have to be made known and, if at all possible, put to rights.

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Endocrine Disorders

Among other possible causes of alopecia when we talk about animals are hormone fluctuations, metabolic disorders and obesity. If the there is visible hair loss at the base of the cat’s tail after the animal has undergone sterilization, it is a symptom of hormonal alopecia. The same is true for those cats who have recently undergone spaying. The endocrine profile of the animal can bring itself back to normal on its own, however, in some cases, healthcare therapy is necessary. Such hormonal imbalance is also a common presentation sign among animals with overweight associated with metabolic disturbance. These cats require special diet, introduction of vitamin and mineral supplements and administration of certain drugs.

Dermatopathia or Dermal Diseases

Dermatopathia with cats may manifest itself as:

  • Dermatitis;
  • Fungoid Diseases;
  • Sebaceous Follicles Dysfunction.

Dermatitis is always accompanied by pruritus, therefore the hair loss on tip of cat’s tail in this case may not be because of the disease itself, but due to the resulting discomfort. The itching forces the cat to scratch its skin, which leads to hair shedding. Dermatitis is treated by respective ointments and shampoos. The source of the disease may be in the metabolic by-product left by parasites, bacterial infections or even an allergic reaction.

Another reason why cat may be losing hair is fungoid disease. The condition is often characterized by sloughing of skin; sometimes the cat might experience pruritus too. The specific symptom is even and patchy baldness in the affected regions. Antifungals in the form of ointments, solutions and shampoos are used for the treatment. The animal should be prescribed a nutritional care for the entire period of treatment.

Shedding of hair on the back and tail can be triggered by sebaceous follicles dysfunction in this area. Only a veterinary can accurately diagnose a case of alopecia. The treatment can be carried out at home, but under the condition of a timely triggering case definition.

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