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Bald patches under tail, by anus? [Apr. 5th, 2012|12:16 am]
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I was brushing my cat and just now noticed that he has a (kind of large, I think) bald spot under his tail, to the right of his anus. Further right and down, by what I guess could be a cat's butt cheek/thigh is another bald spot. I haven't noticed any others yet and I have NO idea how long these have been there for.

The only time he's EVER dragged his butt across the floor (that I've seen) is after he used the litter box, because he had poop stuck to his butt/fur. I'm pretty sure he doesn't have fleas and he's a 100% indoor cat. He's overweight (I've been trying to diet him, as the vet instructed) and about 7 and a half years old. My building is old and has these insects that I think are house centipedes, it's possible he could've eaten one.

I'm planning on calling the vet tomorrow, but I was wondering if anyone had any idea what this could be?
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[User Picture]From: dantesmom
2012-04-05 12:10 pm (UTC)

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It could be something as simple as over-grooming. That would be my first guess especially if the skin isn't broken and doesn't look irritated.

I very much doubt that having eaten a centipede (if he did) could have anything to do with his bald spots.

(Do the centipedes look like this?
WARNING - DO NOT CLICK IF INSECT-PHOBIC http://www.richard-seaman.com/Wallpaper/Nature/Centipedes/HouseCentipedeThumbnail.jpg)

We have them in our house and I'd be stunned if cats haven't eaten them.
This article says they're not dangerous to cats if they eat them.
http://www.controlthosepests.org/commonly-asked-questions-about-house-centipedes/
[User Picture]From: obscuranox
2012-04-05 01:16 pm (UTC)

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If it's just bald patches, it could be overgrooming (my cat's whole stomach is bald, poor baby) but if there is a red ring or scaly patches or anything, it is possible that it could be ringworm. But judging from your post, it seems like there is no lesion or anything. He could be stressed out from dieting and overgrooming himself because of that?
[User Picture]From: detonate_for_me
2012-04-06 10:41 pm (UTC)

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Overfull anal sacs can sometimes cause fur loss in that area. You have probably already seen the vet by now, though. :)