Who would ever think a cat could have skin problems. If there is any animal in the world who is meticulous about keeping themselves clean, it is our cats. They are always making sure their fur is clean, and in place. Sadly, this does not prevent many of the common causes of skin problems.
The first item which can cause your cat’s skin to become irritated and itchy is allergies. Every animal is susceptible to allergies and this includes cats. Many times they avoid problems from pollens and other contaminants due to their cleaning, but what if the allergen is coming from their food? When you start seeing your cat excessively cleaning, scratching, and seeming uncomfortable, you should try to take a closer look at their skin.
Allergies are one of the most common causes of cat skin problems, and usually one of the easiest to remedy. If it is a new variety of cat food which is the culprit you simply change it. It could be the new flea collar, powder, or another preventive measure you are trying to eliminate a different issue. Make sure to remove any of these types of irritants and then observe your cats behavior.
One of the most annoying insects in the world has to be fleas. They manage to get into every nook and cranny of our cats and dogs and are another of the major causes of cat skin problems. Luckily this is one of the easiest to detect. You may be able to see the fleas on your cat or notice them in their bed. By using proper anti-flea measures you can quickly eliminate the fleas, and the skin irritations will quickly heal.
There are many other types of cat skin problems which can cause flaking skin, raised bumps, and even bumps leaking fluid. Some of the more severe conditions can lead to hair loss. If you are noticing any of these types of symptoms it is time for you to stop guessing and doing your own diagnosis. This is the time for a professional to look at your cat’s skin. These advanced symptoms can be related to very severe conditions, and require the diagnosis and treatment of your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian will be able to make a quick diagnosis and recommend the proper medications to start your cat on the path to recovery. Make sure when you go to visit your vet you take along information on the types of foods, shampoos, flea treatments, and other items your pet is exposed to. They are going to want to have the full picture of the story behind your cat’s skin treatment and materials they are exposed to. This information is critical to them making an informed diagnosis.
Most cat skin problems are easily treated and result in complete recovery. You just need to start treatment as soon as possible, before your cat drives you crazy.
When you start seeing your cat has a dry, flaky, and itchy skin you need to take action to help. Cat dry skin is not a normal condition for your cat. It can be caused by allergies and other skin irritants. You will need to do a little sleuthing and thinking to determine the cause and treatment of your cat.
One of the first things to stop and think about is any changes to your cat’s diet. Have you changed cat foods, snacks, or has your cat been out hunting? If you did change cat food then compare the ingredients to your old food. If you discover the new food contains additional grain products, meat by-products, or other new ingredients. This could indicate the new ingredients are causing an allergic reaction. You can try switching back to the old food or consider a sensitive skin cat food variety.
Do not only think about the foods you are using, but consider shampoos, flea treatments, and other products you use for your cat. Any of these items could be causing a change in your cat’s skin. Do not use shampoos and conditioners created for humans, make sure to select products made especially for cats. Adding a conditioner or moisturizer when you bathe your cat may help their skin.
One of the leading supplements to help with cat dry skin is omega oil. It is not only great for improving the condition of our skin but great for your cat’s skin, too. You can add the Omega oil to their food, and normally they will eat it without ever noticing the added ingredient.
Another supplement you should consider is vitamin E. This vitamin is one of the universal aids to healthy skin. Do not give your cat vitamin E from your supply. Make sure to get the proper vitamin E formulation for cats, and make sure you know the proper dosage for their small bodies. Overdosing your cat with Vitamin E by using human doses or formulations could have very negative consequences.
Any skin irritant can lead to cat dry skin, including fleas. Check your cat and their favorite sleeping spots for fleas. If you find fleas get a good flea treatment, and make sure to follow the directions. Ask your veterinarian’s office for recommendations on flea treatment. Make sure to clean any blankets, pillows, or other items in their regular sleeping areas to make sure they are flea free. The bites and irritation fleas inflict may be the root cause of the dry skin.
If these few suggestions do not help you reverse the cat dry skin your pet is suffering from, then it is time for a visit to the vet. He will want to do a thorough check on their skin, checking for parasites, dander, and asking you many questions about your pets food, care products, and environment at home. By taking just a little effort you will soon have the problem corrected and your cat will have the healthy looking skin and fur you love.