Hair growth

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Hair growth
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Sun, 04-21-2013 - 12:26pm

Does anyone know the rate at which a cat's hair grows? And if the top coat and undercoat grow at the same rate?

Has anyone had a cat with hair loss issues? If so, what was the cause and were you able to get it resolved?

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Registered: 07-02-1999
In reply to: elc11
Sun, 04-21-2013 - 3:34pm

I am not sure how quickly it grows in. I do believe the undercoat grows faster as it is a protective layer.

Hair loss in cats can be for several reasons - all of which should be seen by a vet. A cat I used to have would have hair loss due to flea allergies. I always knew when one was in the house as I would find clumps of long orange fuzz. :)  My SIL has a cat with allergies which caused him to itch and pull out his own hair. Once they controlled the allergies (which a change of food) he stopped. It can also be caused by infection or a fungus.

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In reply to: elc11
Mon, 04-22-2013 - 3:27pm

I'm not really sure how fast cats hair grows back either, but it seems like it's pretty fast.  Trouble had an infection on his neck last year and he lost his hair where the infection was.  Once I got the infection cleared up it seemed to grow back fast, like within a month.

 

My Tiger used to pluck his hair between his front legs because of an allergy to something.  I think it was food because since he's been eating better food, it stopped.

 

There are lots of reason why cats have hair loss, so it's best to consult with your vet to figure it out.

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Wed, 04-24-2013 - 1:31am

Thanks for the replies. I have had a vet look at it 3 times without any conclusive answers. I thought that she might be breaking off the fur due to excessive grooming but now I'm thinking that's not possible, about 2/3 of her body appears to have just a very short undercoat (although the entire belly had long hair until she got spayed, 2 months later it is barely growing back); the front 1/3 has a long haired top coat. They seem to have ruled out skin conditions and flea allergy, I guess next is to check for other types of allergies. They mentioned special food (Science Diet) which I understand may be necessary, its just that she is such a picky eater. I think that there is some anxiety type of grooming which seems to be abating somewhat as she settles in, she found us 3 months ago and we suspect she may have been mistreated by the way she reacted to some human movements. She was starving and we thought the hair loss was due to malnutrition, but that is clearly not the case now! From a strictly cosmetic perspective, I don't care about the fur issue. Its funny looking but I love her anyway. She is only indoors so sunburn or exposure to excessive cold is not a concern. And dh, who initially didn't want a pet, will gently tuck a blanket around her if he thinks she could get cold LOL.

I intend to get the house-call vet to come over to see Coco in her normal environment (I also have questions about her rear legs) so I will get the vet's opinion on the hair, and devise a course of action. I'll let you know what the vet says.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
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Fri, 04-26-2013 - 7:22pm

ask your vet about coconut oil....I have be hearing and reading some good things as to skin and coat  :)

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