Is your cat hiding a serious problem under his fur?
Most cats are covered with thick, protective fur so it’s easy to not pay attention to the skin that lies underneath. This could become a serious issue if your cat has a skin problem that goes undetected. To avoid potential issues, it is important to take time on a regular basis to examine your cat’s skin closely for anything that may be wrong.
Run your hand gently over his body and explore the skin for any unusual patches. If you find any, part the fur by brushing it slightly, so that you can see beneath the fur and have a better look at the skin. If you do this often enough and understand your cat’s body, you should be able to spot any irregularity easily. You will learn to know what looks normal and what doesn’t.
Skin Infections, Allergies and more
Cats are susceptible to skin infections, parasites, allergies, and many other conditions commonly seen in people. Some of the more common cat skin problems include Cheyletiellosis and Alopecia disorder. Cheyletiellosis is a skin disorder in cats caused by skin mites and is particularly contagious between cats as well as humans. In cats, the symptoms are itching and it usually results in heavy scaling and flaking of the skin, which is why Cheyletiellosis in cats is often known as “walking dandruff”. This skin condition is usually not deadly and can be easily treated with the right medication once the condition has been diagnosed.
Alopecia is a cat skin disease that will cause hair loss due to endocrine disturbances, localized infections, or generalized illnesses. If you notice more of your cat’s hair on the couch than normal, your kitty may be suffering from Alopecia. Compulsive licking, chewing, or sucking on the skin could also lead to irritation, infection, and thinning hair (a condition called psychogenic alopecia.) Cats may groom compulsively in response to stress, such as a new baby or pet in the house, but may also over-groom due to a medical problem such as arthritis. The symptoms of Alopecia include bald patches on the skin and can be accompanied by reddened or inflamed skin.
Cat skin problems can also be caused by allergies, lice and pesticides. These can usually be easily managed and treated, but early detection is still important. A few minutes spent checking your cat’s skin each day could very well prevent days of discomfort later.
If you are concerned about your cat's health you should always have him checked by a medical or holistic vet. In addition, there are many natural pet medicine and homeopathic remedies that help cats deal with skin irritation and itching. A good probiotic can also help to boost your cat’s immunity, decrease skin irritations and restore balance to their system.
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