Questions: Does anyone know what this might be? And is there anything I can buy over the counter or do naturally to help? Is this something that in time there immune systems can fight on there own? I know as a child I had a parasite that wasn't treated and after 6 months of suffering my body DID rid itself of the parasite, despite those who say you need medication. I'm just hoping for the best. And I'm worried about the cats.
Compulsive grooming to the point of bald patches, and the areas you describe are very common, can be an expression of stress/anxiety in cats.
Maybe someone with experince of natural remedies can suggest something to help them chill out?
Possibly try distraction with some new toys (scrunched up paper tied to a string dangled from a door way, cardboard boxes to hide and play in, ping pong balls to chase, an old bit of carpet backing side out to scratch etc. Cheap and cheerful stuff) might help alleviate their cat-worry.
My sister had a looney () cat whose compulsion to lick cause a lick granuloma on his foreleg that was cured by a vet biopsy to rule out other issues and the bandage on it for a week broke the cycle. My own cat (indoor/outdoor) used to lick his inner left leg bald whenever something was bothering him. It was how I knew he was bothered by something.
If you are using a grocery store pet food (Meow Mix, 9 Lives, etc), I would try a switch to a higher quality food if it's at all within your budget. High quality food now can save you a lot of money on vet bills in the future.
I've switched mine to a mostly raw chicken diet, and she does seem to have more hair on her bald spots than she used to. Still too soon to tell for sure though.
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Do your cats sleep in or spend time in kitchen or bathroom cabinets? Have you noticed any little skin bumps or anything visible in the areas of hair loss? My cat was perfectly fine before he got the bright idea to start exploring (and sleeping in) the bathroom cabinets. When he started spending a lot of time in the cabinets, I noticed he started scratching and losing hair on his top lower back near his tail, down the insides of his legs, and some on his lower belly. I also noticed little red skin bumps in these areas. When I consulted my vet, he thought the problem might be caused by house mites and suggested that I prevent the cat from entering any cabinets made of wood for a while to see if the symptoms start to clear up. Sure enough, after making sure he could not climb into any cabinets in the house, during the next month he had stopped scratching, the little red bumps had started clearing up and his hair started regrowing in the bald patches. I have maintained the restricted cabinet access and have had no other problems. He is back to looking as beautiful as ever!