Common Signs Indicating Skin ProblemsIf any of these symptoms pop up, you should visit your vet as soon as possible. Some mild conditions can be treated with special shampoos or home made treatments, but nothing can beat a professional’s advice for more serious cases.
- Chewing on or licking the skin
- Red or inflamed skin
- Dry and flaky skin
- Bald patches
- Swellings and lumps
Causes of Cat Skin Problems
AbscessesAbscesses are a very common skin issue that manifest in the form of a large, solid lump filled with pus. Over time, the lump will soften and possibly release a rancid liquid. Abscesses usually form after a nasty bite or a wound, which is why it’s recommended to try and keep your cat indoors to prevent injuries.
Flea Allergy Dermatitis Fleas are a constant threat to cats. If your cat is especially sensitive, it is highly recommended to make sure your cat is under flea control. Allergies caused by fleas are usually pimple-like bumps.
Ringworm Ringworm is a highly-contagious fungal infection. The symptoms of ringworm in cats include round patches with hair loss and circular red areas (hence, the name ringworm). A ringworm infection is generally treated with anti-fungal medications. Speak to your vet to receive the appropriate medicine for your cat.
Bottom LineTake your cat to the vet as soon as possible to get looked at and treated if you witness any unusual behavior or discomfort in your cat. There are different medical shampoos and medications that could provide relief. However, it’s vital to note that most skin problems that strike our feline friends are actually a result of the environment they live in. Therefore, this means that in addition to following any professional advice you get from the vet, you’ll also need to ensure that your home is kept clean and irritant-free for your kitty. A calm, stress-free environment will keep your cat comfortable and ready to lord over his indoor kingdom with confidence.
"Keep me and my surroundings clean!"