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« on: March 10, 2009, 11:31:18 PM »

My kitty has a tiny bald patch on one of his ears. I mentioned it to the vet's office when I was talking to them about something else and they didn't seem too concerned, and that they'd look at it at the kitty's next visit.

I've looked up ringworm, but the images I've seen look larger than his. Does anyone know how long it takes the bald spot to get bigger? I'm assuming ring worm starts small and progresses. He's had it for at least 3 weeks, seems the same size.

I haven't noticed any other bald patches on him or the other kitty. He is an indoor cat. The only place I can think of that he could get ringworm was from the vet (patch showed up a few weeks after a vet visit).

Any thoughts? Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2009, 04:24:37 AM »

Had kitty been scratching at the ear or fighting with your other cat?  It's best to have it checked out if you suspect ringworm.  How big is the spot? Are you sure it is new? 

My BJ has a bald spot on his back the size of a quarter.  They suspected it to be ringworm when he was found, but it tested negative for ringworm.  They think it is an old injury, but aren't sure what it is. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2009, 06:01:41 AM »

If you don't have some other explanation, I'd have it checked for ringworm right away, too.  Ringworm is a fungus, and can be difficult to eradicate once it gets a foothold.

Linley got small bald patches on his ears from scratching at them due to food allergy, before we figured out that he is allergic to fish.  We didn't see him scratching very often, but it was enough to do it.  Once we stopped letting him eat fish, they disappeared.  It can take a little while for the hair to grow back.
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« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2009, 09:12:14 AM »

Earmites can also cause such intense itching that kitty may scratch an ear area bald.
Ear fur and skin is very thin and rich in blood making it a good feeding area for the mites.

I'm with catbird, I'd check for ringworm and ear mites.
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« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2009, 03:33:20 PM »

I would also check the toes to make sure there's no hair loss, scaling, or gooy appearance with hair thinning.  In kitties ringworm can start with just a tiny bump and spread fairly quickly.  Usually ringworm shows up around the eyes, on the ears, and toes.  Also, look for any obvious signs of ear mites, dark crusty stuff down in the ears.  Cats can also get yeast infections in the ears that can cause digging, but it usually appears dark, but is wet and oily. 

Like Catbird, I have one kitty that has food allergies and lost hair before we figure exactly what was causing the problem. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2009, 03:47:09 PM »

If its ringworm, you won't just see a plain bald spot.  The edges will e reddish and later, the bald spot will become like an open sore - nasty looking.  Kaffe had a small bald spot, but that came from a cat battle when we were in Manila - the hair never grew back after the scar-scab fell off.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009, 09:13:44 PM »

The spot is definitely new. It's been about 3-4 weeks, hasn't grown. No crusty scab. Kitty has not been itching. Just took a flashlight and looked in the airs, very clean.

Initially I thought it might've come off after a tussle with his sister (nothing major at all, but sometime there is hair flying!), but I would think it would've started to grow back by now (and, there wasn't a scratch).

It's about the size of a sharpie marker point if you pressed the marker on a piece of paper with a short line about 1/4 staple (not the huge sharpie, the normal fine point one).

His diet changed from dry food to wet food (Wellness grain free)- Would an allergy cause a bald patch?

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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2009, 09:32:17 PM »

sounds like a bald spot from scar tissue (not real noticeable on cat ears except for the bald spot)
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2009, 05:50:39 PM »

Punkin has several bald areas probably from his feral unneutered days. A slah whe-re he would have an eyebrow & the inside of both back legs. No fungus or itching or scabbing,hashad it since we got him.Sometimes I think the hair just doesn't grow back where there was an injury.
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« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2009, 01:58:36 PM »

I've looked at it pretty closely and I don't think there is anything they could scrape off to test for ringworm (no scab). So for now I'll think it's from a tussle.

Thanks to all!

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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2009, 03:54:25 PM »

I've seen small bald patches on cats ears that are due to an allergy.  Either a food allergy or something in the environment.
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« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2009, 05:11:57 PM »

I think the bald patch is covered up now!

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« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2009, 05:14:13 PM »

Great news Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2009, 09:02:16 PM »

Glad to hear that, Mickey.  Hope it is not something that recurs.
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« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2009, 09:09:00 PM »

Thats good news ! Hopefully was just from a minor fight.
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