Our cat has been excessively licking her coat and as a result, all of her fur is starting to fall out - she has developed patches around her belly and up the sides of her legs. We took her to the vet last week and they could see that she had fleas. We gave her a flea treatment & washed her in the bath a few days later. Up to now, her patches keep getting bigger and we are concerned that it might be a bigger problem. She is becoming very timid and thirsty - something that she doesn't usually do. What should we do?
Fundamental first step is deworming: additionally to deworming your cat, you should also end with flea plague in your cat's environment, so she cannot get infested again.
If after that the problem continues, take your cat to a vet to rule out other causes of alopecia (loss of hair), as it can be a symptom to many causes.
Your vet will make necessary tests (e.g. Wood lamp test to discard fungi infection), and examination to discard other parasites that can generate hair loss of this type.
If the problem still continues, it might be an allergic or endocrine cause, in which case a basic analytic might help your vet in determining the diagnosis.
All the best for you and Sylvia.
Note: This is an automatic answer provided by artificial intelligence previously reviewed by our veterinarians. In case of urgency, we recommend you to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.