Most cats are covered with thick, protective fur so it’s easy to not pay attention to the skin that lies underneath. This could become a serious issue if your cat has a skin problem that goes undetected. To avoid potential issues, it is important to take time on a regular basis to examine your cat’s skin closely for anything that may be wrong.
Run your hand gently over his body and explore the skin for any unusual patches. If you find any, part the fur by brushing it slightly, so that you can see beneath the fur and have a better look at the skin. If you do this often enough and understand your cat’s body, you should be able to spot any irregularity easily. You will learn to know what looks normal and what doesn’t.
Cats are susceptible to skin infections, parasites, allergies, and many other conditions commonly seen in people. Some of the more common skin issues include Cheyletiellosis and Alopecia disorder. Cheyletiellosis is a skin disorder in cats caused by skin mites and is particularly contagious between cats as well as humans. In cats, the symptoms are itching and it usually results in heavy scaling and flaking of the skin, which is why Cheyletiellosis in cats is often known as “walking dandruff”. This skin condition is usually not deadly and can be easily treated with the right medication once the condition has been diagnosed.
Skin problems can also be caused by allergies, lice and pesticides. These can usually be easily managed and treated, but early detection is still important. A few minutes spent checking your cat’s skin each day could very well prevent days of discomfort later.
Symptoms of Cat Skin Allergies
The most common ways that cats will indicate that they have a skin allergy is by scratching. Some cats will scratch themselves so much as to even cause bleeding or bald spots on their fur. Other symptoms of skin allergies can include:
- dry and flaky skin
- skin rashes
- hair loss
- redness, and
If your cat has dry, flaky skin make sure not to bathe them to often as that will dry out the skin. Cats are naturally very clean animals and because they groom themselves regularly, there is not need to bathing your cat. Brushing your cat's fur on a regular basis is good enough to keep your cat's coat clean and soft.
If you are concerned that your cat has a more serious skin condition consult a medical or holistic vet. In addition, there are many natural and homeopathic remedies that help cats deal with skin irritation, shedding, rashes and itching such as the BestLife4Pets Skin and Allergy relief. A good probiotic or immunity supplement can also help to boost your cat’s immunity, decrease skin irritations and restore balance to their system.
If you are looking for a home remedy, try the following:
- Coconut oil is a wonderful natural lubricant especially for dry, flaky skin and can simply be rubbed onto any rashes or dry patches.
- An oatmeal bath is a great gentle treatment for felines suffering from extremely itchy skin or allergies. Simply stir the oatmeal cereal into a bath of lukewarm water.
- Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful solution for killing bacteria and germs that can cause your cat’s itchy skin. Dilute the solution in the ratio 1:3 i.e. one part of apple cider vinegar and three parts of water and then simply spray this solution on the cat’s itchy skin or apply it through a cotton ball.
Don't wait for your cat to start itching - make it a habit to examine their skin on a regular basis. Often times, small irritations can be easily controlled with natural and home remedies, but if your kitty continues to experience problems, best to take them to a vet to do a thorough check.
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