There are multiple bacterial infections in cats that can be harmful to them and lead to skin disorders. The most common one of these would be the streptococcal infection. The streptococcal infection is something that humans can also get.
What might cause this infection is biting and scratching with other cats that already have the infection. Also, if the healing wound from a surgical procedure isn’t tended to correctly. Treatment will most likely consist of an antibiotic that your cat will be able to take orally. Also, make sure she has access to plenty of fresh, clean water.
It’s kind of strange that what causes ringworm isn’t actually a worm as the name would lead you to believe. Ringworm is actually a fungus that can infect a kitty though her hair, skin and nails. A cat may also carry ringworm and not even show any symptoms.
Some symptoms that may appear are bald spots that are red in the middle, or dandruff. To properly diagnose ringworm, a vet will have to examine your cat’s skin or hair with a fungal culture, ultraviolet light, or skin biopsy.
Both male and female cats are prone to yeast infections. Yeast infections can grow in the rectum, ear canal or vagina. Cats who have a yeast infection will scratch or groom themselves frequently. They can get yeast infections a number of different ways including burns, inflamed tissue, and any other general damage to the skin, or by taking antibiotics.
There are multiple treatments that you can use to get rid of the yeast infection. The kind of medication will vary depending on where the infection is. If the infection is on the skin, then you want to use a shampoo that has anti-yeast compounds.
For the ears, there are special ear washes along with tablets that you can give your cat. Worst case scenario, the infection is in your cat’s internal organs. Diagnosis for this is going to be difficult because your vet will have to perform X-rays and blood testing. Once it has been properly diagnosed, your vet will prescribe some antifungal medications.
Dry, flaky skin.
Dry and flaky skin can be caused by improper diet. This is because your cat may not be getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids in her diet. There are plenty of treats and foods that have a substantial amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.
If you don’t feel comfortable switching your cat’s food, you can just pick up some treats that have more of the fatty acids your cat needs. You can also opt for a daily supplement. If your cat is not grooming herself enough, or correctly, the dead skin will pile up. This will lead to increase Cat Dandruff.
Additionally, overweight cats will be more prone to this because they cannot reach every part of their body to groom themselves properly. If this is the case, you can easily help her by brushing her in the spots she can’t reach.
Lipoma is a skin tumor that is actually just below the skin. These can form anywhere on a cat, but, the most common place it will appear is on the bottom of your cat, like the abdomen. This tumor is usually noticed by feeling a lump when you’re petting your cat.
Your vet might do a biopsy to confirm that it is lipoma. Luckily, this is more of an annoyance rather than a potential serious health condition. It may get rather large, to the point where you cat may start to bite and scratch at it. In this situation, it would be best to have it removed by your veterinarian. In order to determine if you cat is able to have it removed there will be a multitude of tests to make sure your cat can undergo the anesthesia and procedure.
This is what all cat allergies are grouped under. It can be either allergies due to the weather, foods or even bites from parasites like fleas. Things to look for would include a strange odor, loss of hair, red bumps, extreme head shaking, or excessive scratching.
Most of the time, a blood or urinalysis test will be done to specify exactly where the allergy came from. The same way mold, pollen, and certain foods can affect humans, they can also affect your cat. The most common cat allergy is going to be fleas.
Prevention of flea allergies is simple – prevent the fleas themselves. Unless your cat is allergic to fleas, preventing allergies is not possible. The good news is that when you find out exactly what your cat is to you, you can rid her environment of it, and can easily take care of flair ups.
Fleas and Lice.
Fleas are more common than lice in cats. Cats can get fleas from being outdoors, or by coming into contact with other animals that already have fleas. You can spot fleas by looking at your cat’s skin under the fur, or by combing your cat’s hair.
They can live for up to a year and produce literally millions of other fleas. The best place to check would be at the base of the tail. As for lice, they are much harder for cats to get. They come from living in poor conditions, or by coming into contact with other animals that have lice. You would check for lice the same way you would check for fleas. Most of the time, you can use the same medication to kill both fleas and lice.
Ear mites are very bothersome to your cat. They are constantly itchy and a flat-out nuisance. If you see your cat scratching at her ears a lot, or excessively shaking her head, it’s a tale-tell sign that she may have ear mites.
Take a look inside the ear that seems to be bothering her most. If you see stuff that looks like bits of coffee grounds, she most likely has ear mites. Most of the time, cats will get ear mites from other cats. To rid your cat of them, your vet will prescribe a medicated ear wash, and drops that you can put into your cat’s ears a few times a day for a couple of weeks.
If you want to prevent ear mites, just get into the habit of cleaning your cat’s ears often. She may not like it or be cooperative, but she’ll thank you in the long-run.