We have a 14-year female cat who is suffering from increasing hair loss over the rear half of her body.
She recently had an enlarged thyroid removed. Before this she was losing weight, and had scabby patches on her fur. The vet thought the latter might be flea allergy, although she has been relatively free of fleas for some years, and we have been treating her for this. (At one time she had many, and didn't suffer badly from them.)
Since the operation, she has put weight back on and seemed more lively, but the hair loss has become more widespread. Instead of the odd single patch (with occasional redness), it's more like a general hair thinning, with no obvious sore patches. We haven't noticed her over-grooming, although she now stays indoors more often than before.
She's due back at the vet for a check-up shortly, but I thought I'd ask here if anyone had info beforehand.
Also - this may not be connected, as it's been the case for some years, when she was perfectly healthy - we've noticed small white objects like eggs, about 2mm (1/16 inch) long, left where she sleeps. What are these? After several days, these can be quite numerous. But there seems to be no associated insect infestation.
(I've also posted this to alt.med.veterinary)
JR
The white objects you found where she sleeps might be tape worm segments. This would be consistent with the flea infestation your cat has had previously. They get the tape worm from eating the fleas while grooming themselves. They can have a tape worm for a while before you notice the segments. I had one cat who had a tape worm but nothing ever showed up in stool specimens. If you can gather some of the white objects, take them to your vet who can confirm what it is and prescribe something to treat this if necessary.
Don't know if a tape worm would have anything to do with the hair loss or not.
W

We have a 14-year female cat who is suffering from increasing hair loss over the rear half of her body.
She recently had an enlarged thyroid removed. Before this she was losing weight, and had scabby patches on her fur. The vet thought the latter might be flea allergy, although she has been relatively free of fleas for some years, and we have been treating her for this. (At one time she had many, and didn't suffer badly from them.)
Since the operation, she has put weight back on and seemed more lively, but the hair loss has become more widespread. Instead of the odd single patch (with occasional redness), it's more like a general hair thinning, with no obvious sore patches. We haven't noticed her over-grooming, although she now stays indoors more often than before.
She's due back at the vet for a check-up shortly, but I thought I'd ask here if anyone had info beforehand.
Also - this may not be connected, as it's been the case for some years, when she was perfectly healthy - we've noticed small white objects like eggs, about 2mm (1/16 inch) long, left where she sleeps. What are these? After several days, these can be quite numerous. But there seems to be no associated insect infestation.
(I've also posted this to alt.med.veterinary)
JR
We have a 14-year female cat who is suffering from increasing hair loss over the rear half of her body. ... can be quite numerous. But there seems to be no associated insect infestation. (I've also posted this to alt.med.veterinary) JR

Hi JR<
That doesn't sound like a flea allergy, you're right. A flea allergy would have the cat scratching, grooming and itching certain areas raw. Too little thyroid hormone can cause hair loss, according to several sources. Ask your vet about this.
Here's a couple of sites I found quickly:
http://www.nzymes.com/Articles/cat skin hair problems.htm (this one is a commercial site but these are some types of hair loss conditions in cats)

http://www.ivillage.com/pets/petsymptomsolver/skin/pages/0,,413234 525216,00.html?arrivalSA=1&arrival freqCap=1&pba=adid=6190616

HTH!
Karen
We have a 14-year female cat who is suffering from ... associated insect infestation. (I've also posted this to alt.med.veterinary) JR

Hi JRhttp://www.ivillage.com/pets/petsymptomsolver/skin/pages/0,,413234 525216,00 .html?arrivalSA=1&arrival freqCap=1&pba=adid=6190616

Thanks for these. It certainly looks like "Feline Endocrine Alopecia" ("Thinning or balding of coat on insides of back legs, lower abdomen and genital area" - although it's all round her lower body, her hips and back as well; the front half of her body is fine.)
But I guess (given the operation) it may be the thyroid deficiency - except it seems a surprisingly quick effect.
We'll certainly check with the vet.
JR
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Hi JR
http://www.ivillage.com/pets/petsymptomsolver/skin/pages/0,,413234 525216,00 .html?arrivalSA=1&arrival freqCap=1&pba=adid=6190616 Thanks for these. It certainly looks like "Feline Endocrine Alopecia" ("Thinning or balding of coat on ... may be the thyroid deficiency - except it seems a surprisingly quick effect. We'll certainly check with the vet. JR

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