Why Is My Cat's Fur Falling Out In Clumps?


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James Parnell answered
Fur loss in cats could be due to numerous causes.

Usually, a cat's fur falls out when it starts to shed its coat - and this is natural. However, if your cat is losing hair much more rapidly than this, and there are bald patches, then you should take it to see the vet.

Fur loss is known as alopecia, and could be as a result of a whole host of problems.

Why is my cat's fur falling out in clumps?
  • Fleas: Fleas can cause cats to pull out their fur, especially around the base of their tails. If this is the case, then you can purchase some flea medication from a pet store, or take your cat to see the vet. Fleas are not serious, but can cause significant irritation to both you and your cat.
  • Mites: Mites cause mange, which makes the cat lick and chew their fur. You'll have to take your cat to see the vet in order to sort out this issue.
  • Ringworm: Despite the name, ringworm is actually a fungal infection - not a parasitic one. Again, this can cause clumps of fur to fall out. If you suspect ringworm, the vet should be able to quickly treat the problem.
  • Glandular disorders and allergies: This type of problem can also cause rapid fur loss, and would need to be treated by a vet.
If you're worried about the fur loss in your cat, then take it to the vet, who should be able to make a diagnosis of the problem and deal with it effectively.
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Anonymous answered
It is the season for shedding - but it depends on how much fur is falling out. It's hard to tell with so little information.

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