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cat losing hair under his collar

post #1 of 7
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my short hair male cat Guardian is losing the fur under his collar, ive made sure multiple times that its not too tight or too loose so its not rubbing, there is no sores or anything its just a bald patch where the collar was (i took it off) he goes outside alot so I don't want him without a collar. is this normal? or does he need a new collar?
post #2 of 7
He could be having an allergic reaction to the collar. Try buying one made out of a different material (the softest one you can find) and see if that makes a difference.

This isn't a flea collar, is it? Because the chemicals in those can be dangerous to cats and could definitely cause a reaction. It's recommended to use single-application flea treatments like Advantage or Frontline instead.
post #3 of 7
It can happen with regular collars. The collar rubs at the fur. Either the fur will break off and be shorter where the collar is or the fur will thin out some.

Sho's fur did the same thing when he used to wear a collar. If you remove the collar the fur should regrow fine in a few weeks. Otherwise the fur there won't look perfect as long as your cat wears a collar - you could get him microchipped or even ear tattooed (if available, it would be more apparent to someone who found him that he has an owner).
post #4 of 7
I've had 2 cats who wore the fur off under their collars. The only option that worked was to have them go collarless, and opt for another permanent form of marking (microchips).

One cat did have some success with a collar that was the woven cord on the outside but a soft flannel on the inside agaisnt the neck.

I don't know if fur type has anything to do with this but both cat had plushy short coats, very full and soft textured. One was a short haired persian-mix to give you an idea of the coat type.

It also may have something to do with how much your cat dislikes the collar and is actively working at it to try and get it off. One of ours used to scratch at hers until the collar went round and round her head.
post #5 of 7
My cat has a collar but no rubbing off. I don't know if you have heard about the two finger rule but they say that you should be able to easily put two fingers in the collar, if you can't then it is too tight. My cat has been chipped but I use the collar too because he has two bells on his collar which prevent him from killing the birds and he also has a little id thing on it too just in case. My cats collar is a really soft brown leather and he doesn't mind it at all. I also only put his collar on when he goes outside, I always take it off when he is inside and as he is in overnight I take it off. That might help with his fur to grow back, also I agree with the info about the flea collars they can be very irritating to a cats skin which could be the issue.
post #6 of 7
This happens with one of our dogs. under her neck is completely bald from the collar. It does appear to be from the collar rubbing (even though you can fit a good portion of your hand under the collar).

After awhile we switched her collar (we get them new ones every so often) and it doesn't seem to be rubbing as bad, so perhaps a new collar will help?
post #7 of 7
My NFC used to wear a collar and it rubbed the hair off.
It should grow back fine if you take the collar off, it has in my others cats, it just never grew back on my NFC, her hair is long though so it's not noticable unless you're combing her out.
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