Cat is shedding a lot.
Age: 2-5 years
I have noticed a dramatic increase in the amount of hair Abby loses every time I brush her, much more than in the past. She is currently taking Pretnisome , for allergy, and Flovent , for asthma. I find it on my clothing and on the furniture, which is something I hadn't had in the past. Is this something I should worry about or is there a season in which this is a normal thing to happen?
Dr. Marie replied:
I can think of a few possible reasons for Abby to be losing her hair.
My first guess is that this is connected to her allergies. Even if she is not itchy on her skin, allergic skin is much more likely to lose hair.
It's also possible that the prednisone is causing her to shed more than usual.
I do see some cats that shed more when the seasons change, so this is possible as well.
If the hair loss is predominantly on her back over the base of her tail then fleas are a very real possibility even if you are not seeing fleas at all.
If she has any red lesions or spots at all then I'd recommend having your vet look at her. Otherwise, I wouldn't be too concerned.
Hope that helps!
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