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Does your kitty seem to be scratching a lot? If so, Fluffy could have skin problems. Your cat can’t tell you if her skin hurts, so it’s important for you to watch for warning signs. In this article, a Carol Stream, IL vet discusses skin problems in cats.
Skin problems in cats can be caused by a variety of different things. Ringworm is one possibility. Since ringworm is contagious to both pets and people, take your cat to the vet immediately if you suspect she may have ringworm. Fleas are another option. Some more possible causes include allergies; parasites, such as lice or mange mites; reactions to grooming products; dry skin due to weather; tumors; stress; and bacterial or yeast infections.
As mentioned above, scratching is one of the most common symptoms of skin trouble in kitties. Your feline friend may lick or chew herself if her skin is bothering her. You may also notice scabs; inflammation; dry or flaky skin; lesions; scaly patches, especially on the face and paws; bald spots, rashes; or swelling. Skin problems can also cause lumps or skin discoloration, bleeding, and pus. There are also a few behavioral signs to watch for, such as grumpiness. Kitties that don’t feel well often hide, and may forego their usual grooming regimes. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these symptoms in your cat.
Because skin problems can be caused by a range of things, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for them. You’ll want to have your kitty examined by a vet right away, so you can get an official diagnosis. Once your vet has determined what the issue is, he or she will be able to discuss specific treatment options. These may range from medication to special care and/or grooming instructions to vaccines or parasite control. That said, when it comes to caring for our furry friends, an ounce of prevention can be worth several pounds of cure. Keep up with your kitty’s veterinary care, including her vaccinations, exams, and parasite control products. We also strongly recommend keeping your feline buddy indoors, where she has a much lower risk of contracting viruses and parasites. Ask your vet for more information.
Do you know or suspect that your cat has skin problems? Please contact us, your Carol Stream, IL pet hospital, anytime. We’re dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care!