Irritation and Hair Loss Between Cat's Shoulder Blades
(Austin, Texas USA)
Between Shoulder Blades
Reader Question: How To Treat A Cat That Has Irritation and Hair Loss Between Its Shoulder Blades?
Vet has not been able to diagnose this. I'm asking for any help. My 4 year old spayed cat is otherwise healthy. Passed all tests at my vet. I adopted her from a shelter. This area of hair loss and irritation grew within a few days after I got her. Medication was applied by the shelter in this spot between her shoulder blades. Small area of similar irritation under left eye appeared at the same time.
She eats, drinks, plays, but this still bothers her. This is the best photo I could get. You have my gratitude. Vet Suggests Ways Top Stop Cat Hair Loss and Irritation Between Shoulder Blades
I am unable to give you a definitive answer as to what might be going on with your cat’s skin without first examining her, but your comment that medication was applied to this area while she was at the shelter could certainly be relevant. I suspect this medication was for parasite treatment/prevention, and some cats develop abnormal skin irritation and hair loss in response to contact with these products. If this is the case, everything should return to normal over the next few weeks, though it will take longer for the hair to completely regrow and sometimes it comes back in a different color. It certainly wouldn't hurt to wash the area between the shoulder blades with a gentle soap, rinse it well, and call the shelter to ask what they used so you can be sure to avoid that product in the future.
If, however, the skin lesions get worse rather than better with time, make an appointment with your veterinarian. Cats that have been housed in a group setting are at higher than average risk for problems like ringworm and some types of mange.
Jennifer Coates, DVM