My cat is starting to get older now (about 12-14 years) and I have during the last 1-2 years discovered that her fur has become thinner.
Now she has also got a spot on her abdomen where it is only fluffy and not fur-covered like the rest of the body.
She is dewormed, behaves just as usual, no pain or itching and when I mentioned this at the last vaccination (about 4 months ago) I would not worry.
(But did not get any suggestion for a possible cause for the thinner coat?)
Is it common for older cats to become thinner in the coat and “bald” on the stomach?
Or is this something I should ask our veterinarian to check a little more closely?
If she now gets thinner, I should ex. arrange a sweater or similar if she freezes?
Would a supplement or similar be recommended to a sterilized senior?
Thank you for your question.
No, older cats do not usually get thinner hair or bald patches on the stomach normally.
The most common cause of bald spots on the stomach is that the cat trims / licks off the fur on the stomach.
That the cat does this can e.g. due to pain, itching or mental causes.
I would think it’s a good idea to take her to the vet to investigate this further.
If your cat has problems with stiff joints, it can be good with supplements for this, but if your cat is otherwise healthy, no supplements are needed.
I hope this was the answer to your question!