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Will Cat Fur Grow Back Over Scar Tissue? Vet Reviewed Facts & FAQs

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on June 5, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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Will Cat Fur Grow Back Over Scar Tissue? Vet Reviewed Facts & FAQs


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Dr. Amanda Charles

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If your cat has recently gotten injured or had surgery, you may wonder whether their fur will grow back in the injured area after it heals. The answer is that in some cases, cat fur can grow back over scar tissue, though the process may be slower and less successful than normal hair growth. In some cases, the texture of the fur may also be different due to the damage caused by the injury or surgery. The most important factor in whether cat fur will grow back over a scar is how deep and extensive the damage was.


Causes of Scarring

Scar tissue is an area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury. This can be after surgery, for example, when your cat is spayed or neutered or due to an injury, such as a cat fight or an accident.

Is There Any Way to Prevent Scarring in Cats?

The best way to reduce the risk of scarring in cats is to make sure any wounds are kept clean and free from infection. For surgical wounds, this means keeping your cat rested and making sure they don’t lick or scratch the surgical site. For bites or other kinds of skin trauma, make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible for assessment.

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Factors Affecting Hair Growth Over Scar Tissue

The extent of the damage to the skin and hair follicles will have a significant effect on how successful hair regrowth is over scar tissue. The deeper the scarring, the more difficult it will be for hair to regrow normally. In addition, if the skin was particularly damaged during surgery or injury, it can take longer for fur to regrow due to lower blood circulation in the area.

If you are worried about an area of hair loss over scar tissue, then it is advisable to take them to your vet for a check-up.

Are There Any Treatments That Can Reduce the Appearance of Scar Tissue?

In some cases, treatments such as laser therapy or other medical procedures may be able to reduce the visibility of scars. Always consult with your vet before trying any treatment for scarring.

Can I Use Home Remedies to Encourage Hair Growth in Cats?

While some supplements, such as essential fatty acids, can promote overall healthy fur growth, they are unlikely to be successful in encouraging hair regrowth over scar tissue. For healthy hair and skin, it is also important that your cat is on a high-quality, balanced diet.

Will Hair Growth Over Scars Be Permanent?

Hair regrowth over scar tissue can be permanent if the damage to the skin and fur follicles is not too extensive. In some cases, however, the hair may fall out again due to ongoing damage or infection in the area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will My Cat Experience Pain When Their Fur Regrows Over Scar Tissue?

It is unlikely that your cat will feel any pain during the process of regrowing fur over scar tissue. However, if there is significant damage to the skin or underlying tissue, they may experience some discomfort or itchiness.

Does Scar Tissue Put My Cat at Risk for Any Health Issues?

Scar tissue may not be as strong as the original tissue. However, once a wound has healed, scar tissue does not usually put your cat at risk of other health issues unless it is very extensive. Always speak to your vet if you have any health concerns.

What Should I Do if My Cat Develops an Infection in the Scar Tissue?

If you suspect that your cat has developed an infection in the area of their scar, it is important to take them to the vet right away. The vet may suggest using topical treatments or medications to treat the infection and promote healthy healing. It is also important to keep the area clean and free from any further irritation or trauma. This may mean using an Elizabethan collar or body suit to prevent your cat from licking or scratching at the area.

What Should I Do if My Cat Has a Severe Wound?

If your cat has sustained a serious injury or wound, it is important to take them to the vet right away. Your vet will be able to assess the situation and provide appropriate treatment options, such as topical medications or medical procedures that can help promote healing and reduce scarring.

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Other FAQs About Cat Hair Growth and Scar Tissue

Can I trim my cat’s fur while it is growing back?

It is best to avoid trimming your cat’s fur while it’s regrowing over a scar, as this could cause irritation or further damage to the area. Once the fur has regrown, it can be trimmed as usual.

Are there any special shampoos or conditioners that I should use on my cat’s fur?

Pet-safe shampoos and conditioners are unlikely to make any difference to hair regrowth over a scar. It’s best to consult with your vet before using any new products on your cat’s fur, especially if they have had an area of scarring.

Can fleas cause scarring in cats?

Heavy flea infestations, especially in cats who have a flea bite allergy, can lead to excessive scratching and trauma to the skin, which can result in some scarring.

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Cat fur can grow back over scar tissue, though the process may not always be successful. The extent of the damage caused by surgery or injury and how quickly it is treated will have a significant impact on hair regrowth. If necessary, seek professional help from your vet to determine the best course of treatment for your cat. With the correct care and attention, cats can make a full recovery from the damage caused by scar tissue. If not, just think of it as a quirk that makes your cat more unique!

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