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How to Spot Skin Problems in Cats

When a human has a pimple or an attack of eczema, the fact that there is a problem with the skin becomes apparent immediately. This is because human beings are generally not covered entirely in hair like cats or dogs are. Just because we can’t see a cat or dogs skin doesn’t mean that they don’t get skin problems from time to time. We can make the mistake of not noticing scalp problems when they begin because we don’t see them underneath our own hair. The same is true for skin problems in furry pets.

Even though a cat’s skin is not often visible, it tends to attract a number of problems, including parasites and fungus. Small, pesky creatures like to live in cats’ hair. Your cat can also develop allergies to certain foods or chemicals. Unfortunate as this is, the reaction can only be seen from a thorough inspection of the skin underneath the fur. This is why regular grooming and examination are essential for our pets. Skin problems can range from small pimples or minor irritations to serious infections. Owners need to be on the lookout for issues, both large and small.

One common skin problems experienced by cats are pimples. These pimples appear in the form of tiny dots on the cats chin. Since the hair is rather thin around its mouth, it can be pretty easy to recognize these small dots. You can find special shampoos and lotions at a pet store that will help treat the acne; which is not only unsightly, but can be uncomfortable for your pet as well. If pet acne is left untreated it can cause your pets fur to fall out of the follicles, or create irritations and ultimately infections. Once the hair follicle becomes infected, it has to be treated with medicine, and in some cases a round of antibiotics. It is for this reason that owners should take even minor skin problems seriously, they could potentially lead to bacterial infections.

Cats are also prone to having yeast infections in their ears. This is characterized by black or yellow discharge and redness. You may notice your cat itching more than usual and showing signs of extreme discomfort. Other ear problems can develop from these yeast infections. Your cat could scratch their ears too much due to discomfort, which could cause lesions that lead to further infection. All of these conditions can be treated with shampoos, ointments or lotions. In most cases, these problems do not spread to humans, except for a few rare varieties, such as sporotrichosis. Sporotrichosis causes the sufferer to develop lesions that leak puss and spread the condition. A number of things can cause skin problems in cats, such as pollen, chemicals, parasites, and fungus. Your cat may also be vulnerable to lice. Lice enjoy living in the hairs of cats and lay eggs on their scalps.

Every cat needs a thorough examination now and again in order to ensure that it is not suffering from skin problems. Your cat may have soft, cuddly fur, but the skin that lies underneath may be making your cat seriously uncomfortable. Unsightly and irritating problems such as ear mites, pimples, and follicle irritation can often be treated with creams, shampoos and ointments that you can purchase with the recommendation of or a prescription from your veterinarian.

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