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My Hairless Boots

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Greetings, everyone! My name's Jessica. This is my first post here and it's about my dear kitty, Boots. This looked like a lovely place full of knowledgeable and caring people, so where better to inquire?

Anyway, so about my baby. My dearest cat, Boots, has a patch of hair missing from her front left paw. It's not really her paw, actually, but more of her leg. We noticed it last night and my first thought was that it looked like someone had done it to her, like shaved it off or something. We've concluded that that was not the case, though. My mother thought it might be mange or ringworm, but after looking those up online, I don't think either of them are the culprits. The area is not red, inflamed, oozing... nothing. Boots does not fuss with the area anymore than any other part of her body. She doesn't cry out or limp, no change in behavior or appetite. There is nothing out of the ordinary but this strange missing patch. We are quite worried about it, however, because it seems as though it's gotten a tad bit larger since yesterday. She's an indoor cat, though we let her out in the backyard (which is fenced off, nothing but grass and a dead bush or two) from time to time. Though, she has not been out in several weeks. We have no other animals. She was vaccinated for all the recommended diseases when she was a little one.

I took these pictures just a few hours ago:

So, does anyone have any idea as to what this might be? Any ideas at all? We are at a loss. We're putting off a vet visit as she doesn't really seem ill, in case it's something we can safely take care of at home. It would probably make her far sicker than she is now just to put her in a carrier and transport her (she really, really gets bothered by travel), but we will do what we have to do to take care of her should that time come.

Anywho, thanks to any and everyone in advance! I'll appreciate anyone's opinion.

- Jess
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Welcome to TCS. I'm sorry I can't offer any advice, my cat's bald spots are due to allergic reactions to fleas, but that doesn't appear ro be Boots' problem. It is kind of odd that there is nothing wrong other then the bald spot, its not red or swollen. Someone will be along who may be able advise you. Good luck.
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Like the previous poster sid it may from allergies.Cas also tend to over groom orpull out thier fur when stresd! has anthing changed in the householdthat could have causd your cat to be stresed? cats pick up on hins ery easily!!Has se been to a vet about the missing fur? I would fist call the vet and see what thier advice s and then go from there!Good luck nd hope she gets to feeling better soon!
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Maybe it's Early Onset Pattern Feline Baldness?

No, I just made that up. XD

It doesn't look like it's hurting her at all, and if you say that it doesn't seem to be affecting her at all then... maybe it's just an odd little thing? I'd say definitely call your vet at least and have a phone conference, just to make sure that you don't have to worry about it. If it's getting bigger than that's sort of worrying, though.
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