Skin Conditions And Illnesses In The Cat
Cats are notoriously confusing animals, and it is usually hard for an owner to translate their behavior without in depth experience in cat ownership. Occasionally it is even difficult to tell when they are suffering from a medical problem, e.g an indication of a skin condition such as a cat hair loss. To correctly treat cat skin sicknesses, a cat owner must first be in a position to recognize when the cat is suffering from a skin illness cats.
Cats don’t always display apparent indicators of skin illness the way canines do. Dogs make it simple to tell when they’re itchy and irritated, because they scratch with their claws. Scratching with the claws not only tells us the dog is itchy, but also tends to make the skin more irritated and even infected, therefore drawing rather more attention to the issue. Cats don’t tend to scratch with their claws as much as canines do. More often, cats will simply lick the irritated area, which is not very dissimilar than their ordinary grooming behavior. You may spot your kitty grooming more than standard, especially concentrating on one area. You’ll notice that your kitty seems agitated or anxious, or twitching of the insubstantial back muscles. You might even notice that your cat is hiding and not seeking attention as normal. All the above can be signs of skin disease in a cat.
If you think you are observing signals of skin illness in your cat, the first thing you need to do is investigate your cat further. Check for any scabs or bumps, paying special attention along the backbone and under the chin and neck area. You may also purchase a flea brush and use it to check for fleas in the same areas, along the spine and rump and under the jaw and neck area. Check to confirm if the hair in the belly area is thin or bare. Also check all over the kitty for any reddened, crusting, or alternatively unusual areas.
If you find scabs, reddened areas, or hair loss on your cat, the very first thing you need to do is begin an acceptable flea control program if you’re not already practicing one. Vet products such as Frontline Plus And Advantage are impressive at controlling and forestalling flea Problems if used monthly as directed. Be cautious if you’re thinking about using an off-brand flea product such as Pet Armor. These products have the same active component as Frontline, but can have a different concentration and may be delivered via a different medium. These differences can make the off-brands far less effective. Always ask your veterinarians office for a product advice before starting a flea control regimen.
If you’re already using an acceptable flea product as directed and your moggy still seems to be having skin conditions, or if your cat has irritated skin or appears uncomfortable, you’ll possibly need to see the vet to get your cat some relief. In many cases, a steroid or antihistamine might be mandatory for controlling the itching, and an antibiotic could be indicated if proof of infection is there.
Cathy Doggin’s is a frequent writer on every type of cat health and conditions. This includes many common cat skin conditions. When not writing about cats, the author can be found volunteering at a local shelter or talking on the rights of little animals.