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Coat, Fur & Skin Problems in Cats

The skin is the body’s greatest barrier and largest organ. Cats can have a variety of skin problems if there are problems with the skin’s performance. Treatments differ based on the type of skin condition.

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Flea Allergies

An allergy to fleas is one of the most common causes of skin conditions in cats. To determine whether or not your cat has fleas, you can use a flea comb and look for black or brown grain-like particles in their fur. These particles are flea excrements and are definitive proof of their presence. Flea bites can cause itching, which the cat will scratch. In some cases, your cat can injure themselves by persistently scratching themselves and cause skin problems such as hotspots.

Food Allergies

Cats that have a food intolerance or are allergic to certain nutrients can develop skin problems at some stage, even though they might never have had any type of skin condition before. You can use an elimination diet to ensure that the skin condition has occurred as a result of food intolerance, allergy or hypersensitivity.

Skin Fungi

Skin fungus is a common occurrence in cats and can be recognised by bald spots, hair loss and crust in fur. Unlike flea infestations, fungi usually aren’t very itchy. Take ringworm, or dermatophytosis, for example, which can be identified by round or irregular bald spots. It might be harder to notice bald spots in long-haired cats, so make sure you check their coat regularly.

We recommend a visit to your veterinarian if you suspect your cat has a skin conditions.