If your cat’s grooming sessions have started to look more like the Itchy & Scratchy Show than the refined and graceful poster poses you’re used to, it’s time to get them checked to see what’s at the root of the problem.
Cats are as susceptible to skin irritations as people – and many of the causes are even the same. They are also among the most common reasons we see cats at Limehurst Square.
Our vet has compiled a list of what to look out for to identify skin problems in cats but, as ever, we are only a phone call away if you have any questions.
What are the symptoms of skin problems in cats?
- Scratching, licking and chewing, especially around the head and neck
- Redness, inflammation
- Scaly patches on face and paws
- Dry, flaky skin
- Hair loss
- Swellings, lumps or skin discoloration
- Drainage of blood or pus
What might cause skin problems in cats?
There are many possible causes of skin irritations so it’s best to be sure what you’re actually dealing with:
- Ringworm: Highly contagious fungal infection which can lead to inflammation, scaly patches and hair loss, most commonly on the head, ears and paw.
- Fleas: Cats can have an allergic response to fleas, with symptoms including scratching, thinning hair above base of tail, crusts and red, raised lesions. Some cats may be sensitive to flea-treatments.
- Other parasites: Ear mites usually cause itching and redness around the ears, lice can lead to itching, and mange mites can cause flaking and scaling.
- Seasonal allergies: Your cat may be sensitive to common allergens from trees, mould and grasses.
- Food allergies: Many foods, fillers and colourings can be foreign to your cat’s immune system.
- Grooming products: Some of these can irritate your cat’s skin.
- Seasonal changes: Many cats get dry, flaky skin in the winter.
- Environmental factors: Contact with certain chemicals or fabrics can cause skin irritation, as can sun or cold.
- Bacterial or yeast infections: These most commonly follow the onset of another skin disorder.
- Tumours: A variety of benign and malignant skin growths can develop.
- Stress: Anxiety may cause cats to excessively lick and chew, causing hair loss.
Remember to contact us if you want to discuss anything.