Although cats have been the second most commonly kept pet in the western world for decades, they have been seeing a surge in popularity in the west and cats are already most popular than dogs in some parts of Asia.
Due to so many people getting their very first pet cat right now, we have noticed a number of questions being asked about how you should be going about caring for a cat.
One thing that seems to be very common right now is people having problems with their cat’s nose hair receding so we wanted to cover it in a dedicated article.
There are actually a number of different potential causes of a cat’s nose hair receding so we wanted to publish this article to try and help our readers correctly identify the issue.
Is It Normal for A Cat’s Nose Hair to Recede?
Although old age can cause a cat’s nose hairs to naturally recede, this is rare and most causes of receding hair on a cat’s nose is due to a problem.
Thankfully, the majority of the problems that can cause a cat to lose the hair on its nose are very easy to fix in most cases.
This means that it is rare that you will have to take your cat to a very as you will often be able to get a suitable treatment from your local pet store to help your cat.
The issue is that if you do choose the route of going to the pet store to get the treatment, you have to be sure you know exactly what is causing your cat to lose the hair on its nose.
As we will explain below, some of these issues can look very similar but be totally different and need different treatments.
This can make it much easier to just take your cat to a vet, have them confirm the problem and give you the correct treatment there and then as well as instructions on how to treat the issue.
Why Your Cats Nose Hair Is Receding!
We have our short list of the most common causes of hair loss on a cats nose below:-
- Constant Itching!
- Old Age!
Some cats can actually have problems with more than one of these at the same time too with this often throwing people off as they get fixated on their only being one potential issue.
The first issue on our list is stress and this can be a very common problem in cats.
Many people do not realize that cats can suffer from stress just like humans can and it can often manifest in a number of different ways.
One of the most common ways that you will see stress manifesting in a cat is by them losing hair, including the hair on their nose.
There are a number of different things that can cause stress in cats but the most common is a change in environment.
This could be something as simple as you moving house or even something like rearranging the furniture in your home.
Other potential causes of stress in cats include having another pet in the house, a change in routine and even loud noises.
The next potential cause of hair loss on your cat’s nose is mites and this is a problem that is more common than you might think.
Mites are tiny parasites that live on the skin of animals and they can often cause a lot of irritation.
This irritation can then lead to the animal scratching a lot and this can cause the hair to fall out.
Thankfully, mites are very easy to treat and you should be able to get something from your local pet store that will help to kill them off.
The third potential cause of hair loss on your cat’s nose is constant itching and this is often caused by allergies.
Cats can be allergic to a number of different things including dust, pollen and even certain types of food.
If your cat is constantly scratching its nose, then it is likely that it is suffering from an allergy of some kind.
Thankfully, there are a number of different treatments available for allergies and you should be able to get something from your local pet store that will help to alleviate the symptoms.
The fourth potential cause of hair loss on your cat’s nose is ringworm and this is a fungal infection that can often cause a lot of irritation.
Ringworm is very easy to treat and you should be able to get something from your local pet store that will help to clear it up quickly.
The issue with ringworm is that it can be difficult to confirm ringworm as the problem causing the hair loss on the nose of your cat.
Due to this, you may want to get advice from a vet or an experienced cat owner to confirm the problem prior to you applying an anti-ringworm treatment.
Fleas are very common on outdoor cats and they can cause hair loss in some situations.
Hair loss around the nose is less common with fleas but it can still happen, especially if there are many fleas congregating on the face of your pet cat.
You can usually confirm that fleas are the problem on your cat with ease too as you will usually be able to see the fleas on the cat.
The majority of pet stores will stock a suitable, cheap, easy to use flea treatment that you will be able to use on your pet cat to rid your pet of the fleas.
The sixth potential cause of hair loss on your cat’s nose is old age.
As cats get older, they can often suffer from a number of different health issues and this can include hair loss around the nose.
If your cat is starting to lose hair on its nose, then you may want to take it to the vet for a check-up just to rule out any other potential health issues.
The seventh and final potential cause of hair loss on your cat’s nose is injury.
If your cat has been in a fight or has had an accident, then it is possible that the hair on its nose has been pulled out or has fallen out as a result of the injury.
You will usually be able to tell if this is the case as the hair loss will be localised to one area and there may even be a bald spot.
If you think that your cat has lost its hair due to an injury, then you should take it to the vet for a check-up just to be on the safe side.