Ringworm is a skin problem that is common among cats and often manifests itself at the base of the tail (see below for information on ringworm).
It is also possible that your kitten has fleas or mites.
Your best bet is to have a general vet or a veterinary dermatologist check him out. It is also possible that your kitten has a compulsive obsessive disorder that leads him to chew/lick excessively. This is less likely but is another possibility. Keep me posted.
I have a Ragdoll kitten that i have had since January. He is now 4-months-old. About a week after I got him he started itching a lot, but with no hair loss. Had the vet check him out. He did a fungi exam that came out negative. At about the same time I developed mosquito like bites on my skin. I have another cat that is 14 and he has been itching also. They do not have fleas. What could this be? Especially given the test results. They do not have any bald spots. HELP! Max
I would not rule out Fleas. Veterinary dermatologists have looked at flea allergy in cats and have found that some cats are so good at catching and removing fleas on their bodies that the critters do not show up during exams. Flea-allergic cats can experience a prolonged outbreak of itching after only one or two bites. This may have impacted your other cat as well.
Another possibility is a bacterial infection (pyoderma). Bacterial infections cause itching and can lead to rashes, sores and other skin lesions. Your best bet is to go to the vet and have your kitties checked out for bacterial infections.
You may also ask your vet about flea treatment given that their absence on the body does not always mean they are not affecting your cat.
Be sure also to thoroughly clean all possible affected areas with an anti-enzyme or anti-bacterial cleaner so as to remove any organisms that may be affecting your kitties. Keep me posted Simba
Mites and Mange in Kittens
Dear Simba -
I have two cats that are ~8 months old and one of them has mites. I took him to the vet and they did a scraping and the results showed that it was mites. Well my dermatologist suggested that I have him checked out because I started developing small welt like spots that itched badly.
We've had this problem for about 2 1/2 months(!). I have given my cat shots and medicated baths, but I am still breaking out with these mite bites. It is driving me crazy with all of the itching. What I can do to get rid of them from my house, from biting me, and from my cat? That vet said that as soon as he gets rid of them, then I should, but it has been over 2 months…I am absolutely miserable. Can you help please?
I suspect that you and your kitty may have sarcoptic mange. The sarcoptic mange mite is contagious to humans. Because the mites cannot reproduce/live in human skin they usually die off, they can come back through re-infection from your kitty. You can reduce the risk of re-infection if you attack this mite problem on its fronts, the host and the environment.
So what to do? I recommend that you have the cats treated for the mites and kept in a pen for a couple of days, while you thoroughly decontaminate your home. Clean (with bleach if possible) all linen and items that you and your cats come in contact with. Also, thoroughly vacuum your home with a anti-parasitic or anti-bacterial strength carpet cleaner. Also, have your kitties tested for immune system diseases as these are often underlying causes of mites. Keep me posted. Simba
my name is Amy. one of our cats gave birth to three female kitten this past may, and lately two out of the three are losing fur. One is slowly going bald on her hind legs, lower belly, right in front of her tail, and the lower part of her tail. The other is developing a "stripe" up her back of baldness, starting right at the base of her tail. this one seems to have what I think are scabs where she is going bald. She is also developing a bald spot on her left shoulder blade. i cant figure out what is wrong with them. It is only these two cats that are being affected, and all of my cats have had a recent flea bath. I hope you can help my and my kitties. Thanks, amy.
Hair loss can be caused by anything from parasites like Fleas mites or allergies, hormonal problems, phemphigus (immune system related skin disorder), food allergies, ringworm, bacterial skin infections and many other diseases.
Because your kittens have had a flea bath, it is quite possible that they may be suffering from a mange mite infection. Mange symptoms may include itching, scabbiness or crustiness and loss of fur, among other symptoms. Your best bet is to go to your vet and get the kitties on a treatment plan. Also, if they have not already been tested or vaccinated have those procedures performed because mite infections can at times be associated with feline leukemia or FIV. Get well. Simba
Baldness in Cats
Thanks for this wonderful website. I got a 3-year-old neutered and de-clawed male Tabby in December. He had an upper-respiratory infection so I took him to the vet, and had a Feline Leukemia test done. It was negative. The vet noticed the bald patch, which at that time had a small cut or cuts, and told me to keep an eye on it for ringworm, but it looked like something from a fight (new scar). The cut has been healed and now the skin is unbroken, smooth and healthy. There are no signs of crustiness as with ringworm or mites. There is no itching, and the cat seems oblivious to it. She is an indoor cat and I hadn't noticed the bald patch until a 1-2 months ago. I do not want to take him to the vet or do any procedures unless I have to…he hates medicine and being messed around with. Patty
If the skin looks healthy and you have not had prior episodes of fleas or other parasites in your home you are probably ok. Cats tend to chew on and lick their wounds . It is likely that your Tabby cleaned his cuts very well and removed the adjoining fur in the process. Continue to keep an eye on it for any redness, scabbing, and expansion of the baldness among other signs of skin problems and go to your vet if you notice those symptoms appearing. Your tabby is probably ok and the hair should grow back soon enough. Keep me posted. Simba
I took my 2 year old cat, Halle, to the vet because she is been Twitching the hair on her back and licking furiously at it. She then freaks out and runs around the apartment. The vet diagnosed her with hyper-aesthesia and gave her a shot of Depomedrol. My question is what can I do to ease Her discomfort in a holistic way? Also, what is Depomedroland how does it work?, Ellen
As you know, aesthesia, means to the ability to feel or perceive. It seems as though your vet diagnosed Halle as having sensitive skin. Depomedrol, is a long acting epidural steroid given to both people and animals to reduce swelling and inflammation around nerves. This is helpful for extremely itchy cats. As for what you can do, your best bet is to treat your cat's skin with a good diet. See in Alternative Care for good nutritional tips. However, given how difficult these are to diagnose, I would not rule out other causes, including fleas, mites or ringworm. Keep me posted. Simba
My new cat has scabs on her skin, on her back where her tail begins. The skin around the scabs is not red or irritated, nor is she losing any hair or displaying patchy hair loss. I did feel her back and the skin under the fur is scabby. I've given her a bath using a flea shampoo. What could the scabs possibly be from? I was told they might come from fleas having laid eggs. I'm worried about using too many artificial & chemicals to treat a skin disorder? Are there any homeopathic or natural steps that I could take? Are there over-the-counter shampoos that I can buy? Or would you recommend taking Lily to the vet? I do not have a lot of money to take her to a vet so I'm looking for other alternatives. Filipina & Lily
Dear Filipina &' Lily,
Because I suspect that ringworm or mites may be at play here, I am inclined to recommend a vet visit. That does not mean there are no things you can do to help your cat out. Nutrition & skin care are very closely related and the use of the right products can strengthen your cat's immune system and skin health by ensuring the ingestion of the necessary nutrients. The following may be of help:
You can also obtain these nutrients through special cat foods. Science Diet has some prescription foods available that are formulated to help cats with skin problems. Best of luck. Keep me posted. Simba