Why do cats lose tail fur when pregnant?
Mind you, we're a cattery, and I've seen enough of other catteries to know that Momcat gets pretty scaggy looking when pregnant and, especially, nursing (and I also know about feeding the most nutritious food possible at those times). But Leila's once magnificent tail is now rather thin, and Currier, who once had a beautiful tail, and who has never been pregnant, has lost much of her fluffy rear-end appendage. Yes, diet can play a part, but I also suspect hormones. I am not currently in contact with my breeder (since I broke off our engagement), and haven't been to any cat shows recently to ask other breeder friends. Elise has a magnificent tail, but I'm afraid that she'll lose it if she has kittens (which she will eventually, but I'd like to make her a Grand Champion first, and the time margin is slim--the first birth should, ideally, come at about one and a half years, while Champions are usually shown up to only two years). Does anyone have ideas about fur loss in the tail?