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Monday, March 24, 2014

Find Out Why Your Cat is Itching Once and For All

Does your cat seem to constantly have some kind of skin problem? If it’s biting, scratching, and licking itself on a regular basis, and you aren’t sure why, you’re not on your own. There are pretty much 6 reasons why your cat will be constantly itching. Whatever conclusion you’re going to come to, it’s important you get it sorted as soon as possible and don’t allow them to suffer. Let’s find out why your cat is itching once and for all:

Whenever a cat has a skin problem, there are 6 different categories you should look at to find out what it is:
  • Environmental.
  • Nutritional.
  • Parasitic.
  • Allergic.
  • Neurogenic.
  • Infectious.
There is a wealth of information out there about each of these categories, literally textbooks and textbooks; so we couldn’t possibly go into that amount of detail here. However, you should be able to determine what is wrong with your cat so you can tell the vet what you think using the following information.

Environmental Dermatitis
  • Patients who are in this category appear physically normal, but with signs of itching and scratching. 
  • This can be caused by something as simple as playing in the garden a lot. 
  • Moist eczema is a good example of this, sometimes called a ‘hot spot’. 
Nutritional Dermatitis
  • This can be caused by not feeding your cat the right kind of food. Many foods can be misleading, so even if your cat’s food states that it’s complete and balanced, it could still be the cause.
  • By providing your pet with a high quality diet, you won’t believe the difference you’ll notice. 
  • If your cat isn’t eating a great diet, then their body will be in a constant state of stress.
Parasitic Dermatitis
  • Fleas can sometimes be the cause of your cat’s scratching, and it’s often the first thing owners think of when they see their cat scratching. Spot on flea treatments can help. 
  • Mites can be the cause too, and they can cause much more serious conditions in cats like mange. 
  • Some parasites burrow under the skin.

Infectious Dermatitis
  • Ringworm is an example of this.
  • Bacterial, fungal, and yeast organisms can be the cause of coat and skin problems.
  • Cats can lick the healing taking place and stop the process.
  • Treatment for this could be trimming the fur away from the area to allow it to air dry.
Allergic Dermatitis
  • Dust, and plants can trigger allergic dermatitis, however; there are many causes and vets attend whole seminars to learn more about it. 
  • Even bacteria on your cat’s skin can cause them to have an allergic reaction to themselves.
Neurogenic Dermatitis
  • This is the most complicated possibility, so should only be explored once everything else has been rules out. 
  • It could be due to frustration, separation anxiety, confinement or boredom.
Do any of these statements ring true when it comes to your cat? If so, you need to take your cat to a vet straight away so they can nurse your cat back to health and give you advice on how to care for them. Don’t let your cat suffer any longer!

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