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Cat losing fur under neck

June 25th, 2009, 11:07 AM
I have a 12 year old female cat who appears to be losing fur under her neck. It's in a straight line going from the bottom of her chin to the bottom of her neck. It's not very noticeable, but I'm not sure what caused it and I'm afraid it will grow. There's also no redness or signs of irritation around it, so I know it wasn't caused by scratching and she never wears a collar. Could it be her old age?

June 25th, 2009, 11:15 AM
Is there any signs of like a dirt almost? Actually comes off with the hair?

My cat had it under her chin and if I tried to pick the dark stuff off the hair came with it. When we went to the vet it ended up being a fungus that can be caused by various things including plastic bowls, a round of antibiotics cleared it up no problem, might be worth a look into?

June 25th, 2009, 12:25 PM
Yeah, I've noticed that under her chin before. To me it feels like little pieces of cat litter are stuck to her fur, but I've never tried to pick it off. I guess I never gave it much thought. She does have plastic bowls for her dry food and water, so I'll bring her to the vet and see if it's what you said and get her some new bowls. I never knew cats could get fungus from plastic bowls. Thank you!

June 25th, 2009, 01:14 PM
I never knew cats could get fungus from plastic bowls. Thank you!

It's not actually a fungus, it's an accumulation of bacteria harboured in the plastic. Cats are prone to getting acne on their chins, one main source being the bacteria from plastic dishes. Definitely would be a good idea to get some glass or stainless steel bowls instead, even if that isn't the source of this problem.

My other suggestion would be to feed wet food instead of kibble. It's much better for a cat's overall health. Here's more info on that:

June 25th, 2009, 03:04 PM
Is it necessary for me to bring her to the vet then? Or will it subside if we replace the bowls?

And we actually feed her both. She gets wet food twice a day and we leave dry food out for her all the time to snack on.

June 26th, 2009, 02:01 AM
I would still take her in, depending on the severity of it she may need treatment - especially if the bowls are not the cause.