2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
The Devon Rex is a truly gorgeous and one-of-a-kind cat, but it can be prone to unexpected shedding for many. Let us carefully analyze the situation in order to shed some light on this potential problem.
There are many cat enthusiasts who consider the Devon Rex one of the best cat breeds to keep at home, not only for the playful, sociable and loyal character it presents (and which would usually make you think more of a dog than a cat) but also for its appearance: it is in fact endowed with a short and sparse coat whose seasonal moult is almost imperceptible, and therefore does not force the owners to too frequent grooming.
But what happens if, more or less suddenly, you notice consistent hair loss in some areas of this animal's body? If the feline alopecia it is a fairly common and complex problem that can affect all cats, in the case of the Devon Rex it can be something much more specific.
L' hypotrichosis it is a disease caused by a recessive genetic defect and is found in some breeds of cats: the Burmese, the Burmese, the Siamese and obviously the Devon Rex. This disease causes thinning or total loss of hair in certain areas of the body, usually following a patchy pattern on the torso and head.
A Devon Rex kitten may already be born affected by symmetrical alopecia, or the thinning of the hair may occur shortly after birth. Over time, the affected areas may also have additional pigmentation or thickening of the skin.
A veterinarian biopsy of a skin sample will indicate if your cat has fewer than normal hair follicles, sebaceous glands, or sweat glands. Hypotrichosis is not painful for the animal but special care is required to protect its skin which becomes extremely delicate. Unfortunately, effective treatments against this condition are not known at the moment. Because it is genetically transmitted, specimens with hypotrichosis and their closest relatives should not reproduce.
Another factor not to be underestimated is it stress: it can, alone, be responsible for copious hair loss (especially around the neck) in Devon Rex cats, in particular from the first to the third month of life. This could therefore be the cause of sudden alopecia following some particularly stressful event for your cat.
In any case it is always good to consult the veterinarian if symptoms of this type are observed: he will investigate the possible causes and ensure your Devon Rex the most appropriate treatment for the problem.
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