My kitty is getting a bald chin. Why?

by Ann
(Ft Laud, FL)

Missy is 14 year old Manx. She has hyperthyroidism and has been on Monmethimazole, 10 mg for 3 years.

Thanx for any help! Ann

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Aug 22, 2015
by: Anonymous

Stop using plastic dishes. I have known people who have had this problem and when they stopped using dishes the hair grew back. Use ceramic or stainless steel.

Aug 14, 2015
by: Kurt (Admin)

This is something I'd ask the veterinarian about as there can be many underlying causes for hair loss. In addition, since your cat has a known condition and is on medication, I would err on the side of caution and make sure the vet says all is well.

That being said, increased shedding can be a sign of hyperthyroidism, as can an unkempt appearance to the coat. On the other hand, I haven't heard of hair loss specific to the chin area as a symptom of the disease. I have heard reports, however, of hair loss on the chin in conjunction with feline acne and allergies.

Both acne and allergies can develop at any time in a cat's life. Sometimes, cats develop contact allergies to substances like plastic.

Do you use plastic bowls for food and water? Replacing them with stainless steel or ceramic bowls takes care of that.

I hope that helps.

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