Cat Sores and How to Deal with Them.
From time to time your cat will have sores knowing what they are and what causes them and how to deal them is important to your cat’s health.
Often enough you will find scabs around the head and neck which is very common and mostly scabbing on the neck and other parts of the body. The cat can have food allergy and itching although often enough this will be a flea problem some cats are very allergic to fleas.
Solution: Use different flea remedies, spray the home with flea spray, vacuum and re vacuum make sure all beds and bedding are clean since the flea cocoon can protect the flea until hatch, so this needs constant management.
Plastic bowls are often a cause for cat acne which are small sores on the chin wash the cats chin.
Solution: Wash with benzoyl for cats, tea bag, tea tree ointment or well recommended acne treatment. Use metal glass or ceramic food and water dishes.
Cats can suffer from Bacterial Infections which can be caused by other skin problems in some of these cases antibiotics can be used to help control the infection.
Ringworm can cause a type of fungus that affects cat’s especially if they are under one years of age they can appear as circular lesions on a cat’s head ears and forelimbs as well as other parts of the body, the skin around these lesions is often flaky and bald this is contagious and can spread to other pets in the home as well as people.
Solution: Specialized shampoos ointments and ringworm medication
Yeast Infections are caused by fungus and are also more likely in cats that have medical problems, the ear is one of the most commons spots for a yeast infection.
Symptoms may include a black or yellow discharge redness of the ear flap persistent scratching of the ear.
Solution: Requires antifungal medicine.
Sporotrichosis is a fungus rare it produces small hard skin lesions that may leak fluid and is a public health concern because it is known that this can spread to other cats and humans you need to be meticulous about hygiene and get treatment promptly.
Shedding of Fur and Hair Loss which is known as Alopecia
This is usually due to poor nutrition, fleas stress and allergies.
Solution: Cheaper brand cat food may not be giving your cat the nutrition’s it needs, also check for fleas and treat or if there is any change in the household your pet may need reassurance also valerian compound is good for stress.
You may notice little black flea dust or soars or loss of fur this needs treating straight away since this can also lead to worm infestation and go from cat to cat
Ear mites are tiny parasites that are drawn to the wax and oils in a cat’s ear they feed and cause inflammation that can lead to serious skin or ear infection. Signs will be excessive scratching of the ear, head shaking and strong odour and a dark discharge from the ear. They are also contagious to other animals
Solution: Garlic juice is good for getting rid of parasites
Lice are parasites that feed on dry skin they are usually found on young and neglected cats the symptoms will be unusual coat appearance hair loss restlessness and scratching.
Solution: Treat with flea and lice treatment
Cats can have allergic reaction to grooming products, food or environmental irritants like pollen or flea bites symptoms will include chewing on the paws or the base of the tail or scratching the ears this can result in fur and hair loss skin lesions including the belly
Solution: Comfrey and Calendula balm with its properties can help with its properties will sooth the skin and repair as well as shampoo with soothing Alvera
Stud Tail this is also known as gland hyperplasia which refers to overactive glands on the top of the tail these glands produce waxy excretions which result in fur and hair loss and crusty lesions in severe cases, the tail is vulnerable to bacterial infections.
Solution: Especially formulated shampoo like simply calming for sensitive coats for animals
Eosinophilic Granuloma which is when a cat has raised ulcers or lesions on the nose or lips this could be caused by an allergic reaction which is most commonly appear on the face, pads of the feet and thighs what causes this?
Food allergies or fleas or bacterial infection.
Solution: Depending on what the cause is to how you treat your cat tea tree treatment is good for bacterial or antiseptic powder for pets
Skin Cyst or Tumours
If there is a lump this does not mean it is cancerous and should be checked this is common in older cats a vet may well recommend removing it entirely.
Dry Flaky Skin this usually happens in winter this could be due to poor diet or inadequate grooming
Solution: Omega 3 and good quality shampoo
Compulsive Grooming this can be stress related or flea issue valerian compound is good for helping with stress