Small bald patch on my cats back

(11 Posts)
19lottie82 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:34:36

I've had my rescue cat for 2 months now. At the moment she is still being kept indoors, as she was a stray and is quite timid. She was given an all in one flea / worming prevention treatment before she was given to us by the CPS.

She is settling in great, and is very much a mummy's girl now! She seems happy in herself and I haven't noticed any over grooming but today I spotted a small bald patch half way down her back, near her spine. It's maybe like 5mm x 10mm and doesn't look red, but the surrounding fur is slightly crusty.
She sits on my lap and I stroke her a LOT, but I've only just noticed this.

Reluctant to take her to the vet as doesn't seem to be causing her any pain / irritation and also she HATES the vets, so don't want to put her through any undue stress.

Sorry if I seem all PFB cat, just wondering if anyone had any ideas what this might be?

FedUpWithBriiiiiick Tue 05-Jan-16 22:42:03

I had this with my boy a couple of weeks ago. Took to vet, it was swollen anal glands that needed <ahem> expelled blush He's much improved now.

I would take her to the vet, try feliway spray in the cat box to keep her calm.

19lottie82 Tue 05-Jan-16 22:50:56

I don't think it's that, it's no where near that "area", but thanks for the reply!

I don't know if this makes any difference but she is almost all black but has a couple of teeny white speckles on her in random places and there is a thin band of white around the bald patch? Maybe it was always there and I didn't notice? Hmm

19lottie82 Tue 05-Jan-16 23:11:41

Could be an old scar, maybe? She was a stray before we got her.....

Terramirabilis Tue 05-Jan-16 23:15:23

My cat had this. It turned out to be an allergy to the soy used in normal cat biscuits (in her case IAMS) which caused skin irritation and therefore excessive grooming in the spot she could easily reach, ie at the lower part of her back. She was switched onto a prescription cat biscuit and the problem has gone away.

TheSpottedZebra Tue 05-Jan-16 23:20:29

It could be a flea bite that has irritated her - if she was last flea-ed 2 months ago.

My cat is 14, and regularly fleaed, but this year the fleas seem to have become a bit more resilient, and he seems to have suddenly developed an allergy to flea bites (saliva?), which makes him over groom and nibble at his skin.

19lottie82 Wed 06-Jan-16 09:23:43

Thanks ladies, I'll keep an eye on it. I don't think it's anything to worry about at the moment, but if it gets any worse I'll take her to the vets.

She doesn't get out at the moment so the chances of fleas are minimal and we've not seen any other indications.

We give her the food that the CPS had her on for almost six months before we took her in.

When I say the fur round the bald patch is a bit crusty it's really not that bad. So as I suggested, I think it may be an old scar?

As I said will keep an eye on it. But she doesn't seem to be bothered by it at the moment. I've at attached a photo but it's not the best!

19lottie82 Wed 06-Jan-16 09:24:53

And here's a photo of the lady herself grin

PolterGoose Wed 06-Jan-16 17:47:56

Very pretty smile

Is it where the spot on flea stuff has been applied? I can't work out from your description where it would be!

whiskers72 Wed 06-Jan-16 18:02:42

Our old cat who hardly leaves the house has had something similar and the vet said it was an allergy to fleas or something similar. We now ensure he is flea ed regularly and it's gone now.

19lottie82 Wed 06-Jan-16 21:03:50

No, it's about four inches down from the spot where you put the flea treatment. As I said not noticed any other signs of fleas, and she's a house cat at the moment (although I know it's by impossible for her to catch them, but harder obviously) .

She seems fine in herself with no obvious over grooming. Maybe it's an old scar........ Will keep an eye on her for the moment!

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