There are a number of cat skin problems that can crop up during your cat's life. The skin is the largest organ on your cat's body and the first line of defense against microbes and injury. This means that is almost constantly under attack. It makes sense that it would suffer against this relentless exposure to noxious stimuli.
Cat skin conditions can be caused by any number of things, including external parasites such as fleas and mites, fungus, bacteria, allergies, stress and injury. This makes cat ailments relating to cat skin problems quite a common occurrence. We will go over three.
Cats Skin Condition 1: RingwormCredit: http://www.cat-health-guide.org/cat-ringworm.html
Ringworm is a condition where a red spot appears on the cat's skin. It takes the form of a ring, thus the name ringworm. But that is where the truth in the name ends because it is actually caused by a fungus rather than a worm. It is treated by shaving the area and with an anti-fungal agent. Care must be taken with the cat because it is highly contagious to other cats and even to humans. This means that the cat should be isolated and the owner or caretaker should wear gloves.
Cat Skin Problems 2: Flea Allergy DermatitisCredit: http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-flea-and-tick-overview
Cats get fleas just like dogs. It has been my experience that they tend to be less infested than dogs, though. Even though it is less common in cats than dogs, cats can develop an ailment called flea allergy dermatitis. This means that the cat becomes allergic to the bite of a flea. This causes excessive itching and the cat will bite and claw at its skin, causing wounds that can develop secondary bacterial infection. The cat also over cleans itself, causing hot spots and wounds as well. There are a number of products available over the counter to kill fleas.
Below is listed four choices found on amazon.com listed from highest cost to lowest. Prices are subject to change. It is important to treat both the animal as well as the environment. Most of the fleas are in the environment rather than on the animal, so treating just the animal is not viable.
Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Cats and Kittens-$60.99 (6 doses)Credit: http://www.amazon.com/s?rh=n%3A2619533011
Bayer Advantage II Purple 6-Month Flea Control for Cats 9+ lbs.-$53.99Credit: http://www.amazon.com/Bayer-Advantage-Purple-6-Month-Control/dp/B004QBDO0M
Novartis Capstar Flea Treatment Blue Tabs for Dogs and Cats-$24.99Credit: http://www.shopping.com/Novartis-Capstar-for-Small-Dogs-And-Cats-2-25lb-6-Tablets-11-4mg/prices
Sergeant's 24-Ounce Flea-Free Breeze Home and Carpet Spray-$13.38Credit: http://www.amazon.com/Sergeants-24-Ounce-Flea-Free-Breeze-Carpet/dp/B0014ZR4DG
Cat Skin Condition 3: Food Allergy Dermatitis
Another cat skin condition that affects cats is Food Allergy Dermatitis. This is caused by an allergic reaction to the food that the cat eats. It causes a generalized skin problem. This means that the cat will develop hives or bald spots over his or her entire body rather than just one spot. The allergy is usually related to the protein in the diet. There are special allergy tests that require the cat visiting the local veterinarians or animal hospital.
There are a number of cat skin conditions that can afflict your cat. If you are interested in learning about other skin problems that exist, you can get online vet advice or ask a vet for free on many sites. Some of these cat skin problems are easier to treat than others, but they are all manageable with the proper veterinary care.