Which Is Better for Your Kitten? You Can’t Be Sure, Study Says
Posted October 08, 2018 09:48:02 A new study suggests that cat lovers should be cautious with the products they use to treat their kitties hair.
The study by the American Academy of Dermatology found that while cats have a long and complicated history of skin diseases and infections, the most common condition is hair loss, which affects about 30 percent of cats, according to a press release.
The researchers believe that cat hair loss is caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors.
“In addition to genetic factors, the underlying cause of hair loss can include diet, lifestyle, and other environmental factors,” lead author and dermatologist Michael Linn, MD, said in the release.
“While we can’t know the exact cause, a variety of factors may be involved in the development of hair thinning disorders and in the onset of the condition.”
Linn also noted that many people with cat hair disorders are unaware of the issues they face.
“Many of us may not be aware of the risks of using products that contain chemicals or synthetic ingredients that may have caused skin cancer or other diseases,” he said.
“Our study has shown that using cat hair products is not a wise choice for our cats.
They have a much shorter life span and may not live long enough to benefit from the treatment.”
A few things to know about hair loss in cats: Cats’ hair is highly susceptible to damage, as evidenced by their tendency to lose hair in the process of grooming.
Cat hair is also highly prone to breakage, especially when exposed to water.
The hair loss process occurs primarily in the lower layers of the skin, including the scalp, armpits, and underarm area.
Cats also develop hair loss when they are exposed to excessive stress or exposure to high temperatures.
Cat lovers should not use cat hair shampoo or conditioner that contains chemicals that could cause cat hair disease.
This study was published in the Journal of the American College of Dermpirists.