My kitty Cole is 10 almost 11 yrs old now and he has a balding spot by his tail stretching about mid way up his back . I can not find any fleas(although I gooped him up with his stuff) his appetite is normal his water intake is normal and ditto for his activness. The skin is normal no redness,scabiness,or other indications that it's infected. I don't see him scratching or licking the area either. Doe's anyone have any ideas as what might be going on? His vet reccomended stopping his vaccines last year do to his age over vaccinations in kiities I quess can be very bad past a certain age and since he is an indoor cat I agreed to stop the vaccinations. So I'm kinda nervous about taking him into a vets office unless needed since he's not vaccinated at this point. My arms also bear the marks of his indignation of me wanting to look at his gums which are a pretty pink so with out any obvius signs of discomfort or illness in him I'm wondering if it might just grow back as it's just a thinning patch not bald yet and I know just because I can't find fleas doesn't mean that their not there.

Anyways thanks for reading and any ideas or experiences you may have with older/aging kitty's is appreciated as he's my first.

thanks Christy

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Comment by Ace and Jen on June 6, 2010 at 9:59pm
I know cats can lose hair due to stress... I have 6 cats and 3 out of 6 of them have thin spots... its usually from over grooming *all cats are healthy so we know its not something wrong with them* they tend to over groom if they are stressed about something or they are OCD... i have an obsessive groomer so we have to moniter her grooming.. stoping her when we catch her going over board... our other cat stresses so we have made her a quiet room so she can be by herself when she needs to calm down and the other well he is my male and his bald patch is growing out finally.. I dunno if this might help but ya.. lol i know over grooming and stress can cause a cat to loose patches of hair
Comment by Beth on June 4, 2010 at 2:59pm
Whoops, sorry I kept saying "she"!!! Just a habit; sorry!
Comment by Beth on June 4, 2010 at 2:51pm
Hi Christy. I don't know much about hair loss in cats, but there are lots of things that can cause it, from allergies to fungus to thyroid, etc.

I wouldln't worry about the lack of vaccines; vets stop vaccinating elderly cats because they've been vaccinated enough times to already have sufficient immunity. Cats seem to be prone to vaccine-site cancers, so they avoid them when they can. She's probably fully immune, and if you keep her in a carrier and don't let her on the floor she should be fine.

I'd have it checked out. 10 is not all that old for a cat; healthy cats routinely live to about 15 or so (a bit longer than dogs) so she probably has many healthy years left. So I'd have a vet try to determine the cause of the hair loss before it gets worse.

Good luck!

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