The Five Most Common Cat Skin Problems

Cats

Just like you and me, cats too can experience having skin problems. Skin disorders run rampant in the feline world. Their causes range from bacterial and fungal problems to injury, stress, allergies, and parasites such as fleas or mites. Here are the five most common cat skin problems:

1. Ringworm – This fungal infection is highly contagious to other felines as well as humans. In order to treat ringworm, it requires vet treatment with antifungal treatments. It also calls for the cleaning and sterilization of your home.

2. Alopecia РCaused by excessive and compulsive grooming, alopecia in cats is the thinning of the fur in a single stripe down the back or of their abdomen. In the worst-case scenario, your vet will have to recommend a short-course against medication.

3. Acne – Just like humans, cats can also get acne. In their case, their version of blackheads are called comedones and they form on the side of their chin and on the edges of the lips. This is likely to be caused by plastic or rubber food and water dishes. To avoid, make sure to feed your cats with glass, stainless steel, or lead-free ceramic dishes.

4. Stud Tail – Glands near the tail excretes natural oils, causing the stud tail and results in a greasy and rancid-smelling waxy brown material near the base and at top of the tail. Treatment includes neutering when needed, as well as twice a day washes with a special shampoo.

5. Ear Mites – If your cat is scratching at its ears excessively, tilting its head and shaking it profusely, and has brown or waxy material in their ear canals, it is very likely that they have ear mites. You’ll want to treat that right away by a doctor, otherwise if left untreated, it can lead to a bacterial infection.

Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Bobby Flay Releasing A Pet Food Brand With His Cat Nacho
It’s Up to Us To Take Care of Our Cat’s Teeth
Cat Rescued from Neighbor’s Chimney after Month-Long Search
Stray Cat in Turkey Taking Kitties to Vet Goes Viral
Five Cat Breeds That are the Most Playful
Five Cat Breeds That Shed the Least
The Five Calmest Cat Breeds
10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Arabian Mau
Five Tips To Make Your Indoor Cat Happier
Why a Cat Won’t Go After a Person Who Harms You
Your Cat Can Get a Sunburn From Lying by a Window
Here are Some Ways to Prevent Your Cat From Killing Wildlife
How Long Can Most Cats Live?
Can Cats Eat Pumpkin Seeds?
Can Cats Eat Mayonnaise?
How Long Does Prozac Take to Work in Cats?