Beastie Band caused hair loss?
Peter is a door dasher, so in spite of being an indoor cat, he wears a collar. He is microchipped, but too many people don't check animals for chips so I am very uncomfortable with the idea of him not having a collar. We handle the door dashing well, but when maintenance comes to the apartment, they often let the cat out as other people in our complex have outdoor cats.
We took off his beastie band the other night to change patterns (we have about a dozen different ones) and his fur had been rubbed off to velvet. It looks like the collar broke the hair with its movement. There does NOT appear to be any skin irritation whatsoever--no pinkness at all on a white skinned cat. It just looks like his very plush coat had the hair broken off short by the collar.
Other than the aesthetic matter of him missing hair where it would be covered by fur anyway, as long as we check regularly for skin irritation (and we would immediately remove it if we saw any sign of irritation at all) would it harm him to continue wearing the collar?
He had been wearing that one collar for awhile as we had lost most of his non-seasonal beastie bands when we moved, but we just ordered a bunch more and now are back up to our usual dozen, which means collar changes will be very regular again. He's been wearing beastie bands for about a year and I had noticed the hair was shorter there awhile back, but it was not this short. He hates the nylon collars with the clasp and fights to get them off, but he doesn't even seem to notice he's wearing a beastie band.