In her early years in practice, Dr. Kent began to see a need for a separate medical facility just for cats, where fear and stress would be reduced for feline patients. In 1985, in a former home in Santa Monica, Dr. Kent opened the only exclusively feline veterinary clinic in Los Angeles, Westside Hospital for Cats (WHFC). Along with other forward-thinking feline practitioners from across North America, Dr. Kent founded the Academy of Feline Medicine in 1991. Through the efforts of these practitioners, feline medicine and surgery became a certifiable species specialty through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Dr. Kent became board certified in Feline Practice in the first group to sit for the Feline exam in 1995. She certified for an additional ten (10) years in 2005. There are now 78 feline specialists in the world. Dr. Kent served as the Feline Regent and Officer on the Council of Regents for 9 years. She is currently the immediate Past President of the ABVP, which certifies all species specialists. She also heads up a task force joining certain efforts of the ABVP with The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). She currently serves as a Director on the Executive Board of The American Association of Feline Practitioners.
I don’t think it is overgrooming (psychogenic alopecia) because these are hard to get to spots to groom or impossible to get to. It may be due to a hormone deficiency. Hyperthyroidism can cause alopecia. The hair pulls out easily. I don’t want to speculate. Also hyperthyroidism causes cats to have increased appetite and you have not mentioned that. Can you feel a small lump under the chin (feeling gently)? It might be a mange. Demodectic manage causes hair loss around the eyes and eyelids, however. It is not common. I think a vet check is in order to be honest to check out any underlying health issues.