Why'd my cat decide to eat all of his hair?
March 2, 2006 9:14 PM Subscribe
My cat appears to have some mystery allergy, or allergies, since he is nearly hairless from his shoulders down. Anyone have a suggestion for a cause? I've tried a number of things...
posted by lester the unlikely to Pets & Animals (19 answers total)
...so, when I moved into my apartment about 18 months ago, my cat started losing his hair. He seems to carefully bite his hair down to skin level while I'm not looking, since the hair is kind of jagged-feeling. This whole thing started at his hind quarters and spread across his belly and now to his back. It's a little scary looking and must be causing him some discomfort.
He's had a flea reaction in the past so he's currently on revolution (I've also tried frontline and advantage just in case)... but this new place has hardwoods...anyways, after visiting a pet dermatologist, he's on a soy diet, but that doesn't seem to be improving things. I've tried to reduce the amount of scented materials in the house, I've switched cat litters a bunch (using compressed saw-dust currently), and I've even tried feeding him children's benadryl (cut in half).
It's really expensive to get a full set of allergy tests ($500!) so any random suggestions as to its cause or a possible solution would really be appreciated.