Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Cat health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time!

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old April 23rd, 2010, 02:56 PM
Yamcha Yamcha is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 34
Why does my cats hair come off easy?

Hi Guys,

I have a male cat a little over 1 years old.. Got it from a previous owner some months ago.. and I don't know why but his hair seems to come off very easily.. Anyone know why? Is this normal? I've had two other cats before, and haven't really seen something like this..

He doesn't seem to be loosing hair, its just that his hair seems to come off very easily.. maybe its due to diet?

We feed him Whiskas (Meaty Selection - DRY) Aswell as Friskies canned food..
Reply With Quote
Old April 23rd, 2010, 04:10 PM
14+kitties's Avatar
14+kitties 14+kitties is offline
150% PRO S/N
Starcastle Champion, V:force Champion, UFO Shoot Out Champion, Parachute Panic Champion, Mission To Mars Champion, Disc Dash Champion, Crazy Closet Champion, Railway Line Champion, Penguin Pass Champion
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: MYOB
Posts: 15,408
Drop the dry all together. Have you had him tested for allergies? Or, he could just be losing his winter coat. Brushing daily helps.
Assumptions do nothing but make an ass out of u and me.

We can stick our heads in the sand for only so long before it starts choking us. Face it folks. The pet population is bad ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Reply With Quote
Old April 23rd, 2010, 04:23 PM
sugarcatmom's Avatar
sugarcatmom sugarcatmom is offline
Senior Contributor
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Calgary, AB
Posts: 5,357
Do you mean he sheds a lot? Or does it come out in clumps when you pull it?

Diet could definitely be a factor if excessive shedding is the issue. Whiskas dry is really not a good choice for a carnivore (actually, ALL dry is a no-no for cats, but Whiskas Meaty Selections is particularly bad - and has very little meat in it despite the name). Here are the ingredients:

Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA/BHT), Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat Flour, Rice, Brewers Dried Yeast,
Corn and more corn, wheat, rice: these are ingredients meant to fatten up livestock, not keep a cat healthy. Cats have no need for grains and in fact can suffer quite a few medical conditions as a result of a high grain diet.

By-product meal has been rendered to death and contains little to no muscle meat, and that BHA/BHT is a potentially carcinogenic preservative that more conscientious pet food companies stopped using long ago. Brewers yeast is a common allergen. You would be doing your kitty a huge favour if you stopped feeding him the Whiskas. While Friskies canned is one of the lowest quality wet foods, the fact that it's wet and has considerably fewer carbohydrates makes it heads and tails above the Whiskas dry. If you can afford to feed something even a bit better, like Wellness or Nature's Variety or Innova canned (or even a raw diet), that would be ideal.

Some excellent reading on the subject of feline nutrition: www.catinfo.org
"To close your eyes will not ease another's pain." ~ Chinese Proverb

“We must not refuse to see with our eyes what they must endure with their bodies.” ~ Gretchen Wyler
Reply With Quote
Old April 23rd, 2010, 06:45 PM
catlover2's Avatar
catlover2 catlover2 is offline
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: GTA (Greater Toronto Area)
Posts: 1,031
If his diet is good, he could be one of those cats that just has a "loose" coat. Have had a few of those----constant shedders, one was white the other cream, so really noticed the hair.
Reply With Quote
Old April 23rd, 2010, 07:19 PM
Yamcha Yamcha is offline
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 34
Well yeah he sheds a lot, as far as food goes I give my two cats wet (Friskies) + dry (Whiskas).. I usually go for the expensive stuff.. I assumed Whiskas was good.. What would you guys recommend? Also my other 4yrs female cat doesn't have this problem..
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:48 PM.