Common Skin Conditions in Cats
Most of the skin conditions we treat have something to do with allergies and skin infections. Let's take a look:
Flea allergy: A single flea bite can trigger an exaggerated immune response in cats. Usually, it’s the flea’s saliva that their immune system doesn’t like. Cats with a flea allergy can develop anemia, a potentially life-threatening complication.
Environmental allergies: The most common environmental triggers are pollen, dander, dust, and mold spores. Your cat's immune system can flare up when these substances land on her fur, paws, or ears and work their way into the skin.
Food allergies: Some cats are allergic to certain proteins in their food. Chicken and fish are the usual culprits.
Ringworm: This fungal infection has nothing to do with worms, but it is itchy and unpleasant for your kitty. Your cat’s hair, nails, and skin can all be affected by this fungus, which causes flaky red lesions and fur loss.
Feline miliary dermatitis: This condition starts out as a rash that develops in response to a food, flea, or environmental allergy. It can turn into a painful skin infection that produces pimple-like lesions on your cat’s skin.
Thankfully, cats give us plenty of signs that they’re struggling with one of these treatable skin conditions.
Signs and Symptoms to Spot
If your cat is showing any of these behaviors or symptoms, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Peggy and our caring veterinary team.
- Chronic itching
- Matted hair
- Self-trauma from scratching
- Chronic grooming
- Pulling hair out/hair loss
- Hot spots
- Scabs or sores on the skin or lips
At All Cats Care Center, we’ll perform a physical exam and diagnostic tests to get to the root of your cat’s discomfort. Then, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan based on your kitty’s diagnosis and past medical history. We also offer grooming for severe matting in cats.
For complex allergy and dermatology cases, we’ll connect you with a trusted veterinary dermatologist. Our goal is always to make your kitty feel comfortable and happy!