Skin Conditions in Cats
Cats are susceptible to skin infections, parasites, allergies, and many other conditions commonly seen in people.
Feline acne typically appears on and around a cat’s chin. Possible causes include stress, poor grooming, a reaction to medication, or an underlying skin condition. A bacterial infection can be one of the secondary side effects of this condition.
In many cases, bacterial skin infections develop as a result of another skin problem. For example feline acne can make a cat’s hair follicles more vulnerable to infection, resulting in folliculitis.
Yeast infections are caused by a fungus and are also more likely in cats that have other medical problems. The ear is one of the most common spots for a yeast infection. Symptoms may include a black or yellow discharge, redness of the ear flap, a persistent scratching of the ear.
Ringworm is another type of fungus that affects cats, especially kittens under a year old. It causes circular lesions on a cat’s head, ears, and forelimbs. The skin around these lesions is often flaky and bald. Ringworm is highly contagious and can spread to other pets in the home, as well as to people.
Another fungus, sporotrichosis produces small, hard skin lesions that may leak fluid. Sporotrichosis is considered a public health concern because the fungus is known to spread from cats to humans. People with a compromised immune system are especially vulnerable. For these reasons, cats with sporotrichosis should be treated promptly, and their caregivers should be meticulous about hygiene.
Cats can have allergic reactions to grooming products, food, and environmental irritants, such as pollen or fleabites. Scratching the head or neck is a common sign of food allergies. Symptoms of other allergies include chewing on the paws or scratching the ears or base of the tail.
Shedding And Hair Loss (Alopecia)
If you notice your cat is losing more hair than usual or has bald patches, see your veterinarian as soon as possible. Abnormal hair loss can be a waning sign of several illnesses, as well as fleas, stress, allergies or poor nutrition.
Fleas are a very common problem affecting dogs and cats. You can look for them or their droppings in a cat’s coat. Other signs of a flea infestation are persistent scratching, crusty skin lesions, and thinning hair above the base of the tail. Some cats experience an allergic reaction to fleabites and even infections and other complications if left untreated.
***Contact your Holistic Vet to determine the specific skin condition your cat is facing***
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