Top 5 Cat Skin Problems

Cat Skin ProblemsAs a cat owner, you will undoubtedly run into the issue of cat skin problems. There are many different problems a cat can develop with its skin with varying degrees of severity and treatment requirements, and some symptoms may be hard to distinguish from normal cat behaviors. How do you know if cat hair loss is due to a skin problem or if it’s just a natural part of aging? It’s important to understand what the most common cat skin problems are so that you know when you have cause for worry. Here is a list of the top five:

1. Itchy skin. If your cat has dandruff, fleas, allergies, ticks, lice or chiggers, it will no doubt scratch obsessively to relieve its itchy skin. These conditions are often treatable with over the counter shampoos. A less common cause of itchy skin is mange in cats, a condition caused by mites that requires veterinary shampoo and dip treatments in order to avoid infection.

2. Infected skin. This type of skin problem is usually caused by something simple like a scratch, acne or mosquito bites and is easily treatable.

  3. Hair loss. This is one of the worrisome cat skin problems with several causes, some more serious than others. Most hair loss is reversible or even avoidable altogether if you understand the cause. Monitor your cat’s hair loss and bring it in to a vet if it seems to be getting worse with no end in sight.

4. Skin cancer. Cat skin cancer presents with much the same symptoms as the human form. It is possible to vaccinate your cat for some types of skin cancer, and it is treated with chemotherapy.

5. Lumpy skin. Lumps on a cat’s skin may be warts, bruises, cysts or tumors, or may be evidence of a fungus, grubs or cancer.

As you can see, there are many cat skin problems and they vary widely both in cause and severity. Remember that if you’re ever in doubt as to the seriousness of your cat’s skin problem, seek out the advice of a trusted professional.