Fur Loss - 5 yr. old Cat. Advice?
My cat April is 5 years old, and within the past 2 years we've dealt with quite a few problems with her. It all began shortly after we moved to a new house, which I expect was part of the problem.
She had issues with vomiting and constipation and we tried several different treatments. Eventually the issue seemed to resolve itself. This may have been due to moving, but the issue also began shortly after a vet visit. (Our cat is one of those that the vet often has to sedate her - she is so friendly and sociable at home, and even enjoys car rides, but we get to the vet office and she is a mess!)
We also had ongoing issues with one of her claws which had somehow become infected, that eventually led to having to have part of a toe amputated so that the infection would not spread to her leg.
Most recently I have noticed some extensive fur loss. My husband and I first noticed it on her tail a few months ago. It was a small patch, we assumed from where her tail rubs on the back of the couch or perhaps over-grooming; we didn't think much of it and just tried to keep an eye on it. Over time, this has become the almost the entire underside of her tail. The base and tip have not been affected as much.
Within the past few days I noticed that her stomach looked a little pink, and I turned her over and the entire portion of her abdomen and the inside tops of her back legs are mostly bald or with short stubby fur - not her normally thick coat.
We did change her food recently due to the vomiting and constipation. I am unsure if the fur loss began before or after that.
She just had a yearly vet appointment about two weeks ago and the vet indicated that she seemed fine - other than the fact that she had to be sedated yet again of course, lol.
I hate to put her through the trauma of taking her to the vet again - especially since it seems her problems often begin shortly after a visit. (She was vomiting for a few days after this visit too, I am starting to wonder if it is a reaction to a vaccination...)
So... long story to ask - does anyone have any similar experience with fur loss? Is this something I should be concerned enough to ask the vet immediately? What kinds of problems would commonly cause this?
Any advice is greatly appreciated...