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Less/Much Shorter Hair Above Eyes

Christina_

Savannah Super Cat
#1
I'm hoping that I am just over-reacting as a fur-baby mommy, but in the last few days, I have noticed the fur between Sofia's eyes and below her ears is more than half the length of the other fur on her face. There are almost identical patches on each side of her face, so I don't know if she's just rubbing up against things and that's what's causing it...
Her energy level is still off the charts. She's eating, drinking and using the litter box normally. It doesn't bother her when I touch/rub those areas, so I don't think it hurts. I was thinking I could ask for everybody's help here first before I make a vet appointment, show up, and they tell me not to overreact (which I might be?)
Here are few pictures of the areas. The idea of taking a quick picture to share with you all seems like a relatively easy task...but not when you actually want to take a somewhat clear picture. It proved to be quite difficult last night, even with bribes of some freeze-dried chicken treats!
I put some red circles around the areas to show where I'm talking about. The pictures don't seem to show the shortness of fur too well though...I gave up after 20 minutes of trying to get a "good one" with a phone camera at night.
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#3
That is normal :)

Best way to usually tell if something is normal is to see if it's the same on the other side- for example, you notice short fur above the eye on one side- if it's the exact same on the other, it's usually normal :)

I do notice sometimes it is more apparent then other times- it may be how they groomed their face or the time of year (more shedding, etc).
 

Pam Flachs

Savannah Super Cat
#4
Mine do too.

Is this a new development for Sofia? If you have older face pics, compare them to the newer ones. You may have just noticed the shorter hair for the first time or it may be the lighting or the phone camera pic that is accentuating the shorter hair :)
 

Sunny

Loyal Servant
#6
In my experience, hair here is thinner and they will moult, shedding so the patch is even thinner. You can see through this area to the skin, that's normal. Sparsely covered is fine if they are not rubbing and scratching this area - if that's the case, suspect either they received an injury (playing with other cats), or might have ear mites and scratch the base of the ear. Anubis caught a claw here the other day from Isis as a tiny red pin prick which he scratched, but will check for mites in case he inflicted this himself with a rear claw.
 

Christina_

Savannah Super Cat
#9
Thank you so much for your responses! I've been crazy busy at work and home the last few days so I haven't had the chance to say thanks or reply!
I know she uses this area to rub (along with cheeks and whiskers), and maybe it's just her kitten fur shedding away (she's only 9 months old). Who knows. But I was looking closely and I can see the skin, but nothing alarming and no ear mites.

Pam, I was trying to look through some of the older pictures of when she was a kitten, and I think I can see a similar pattern where it's thin. Maybe you're right and I never noticed it that much until now.

Overall, I feel more at ease and will remind myself not to get too worked up by these things (and remind myself, and remind myself, and remind myself...)