Cat Skin Sores
Cat skin sores are considered common to all breeds that would need proper medical attention. This is especially true is other symptoms accompany the condition like swelling and reddening of the eyes, diarrhea, frequent urination, weight loss, stomach problems, and breathing difficulties.
Most of the skin sores attack a specific area on the cat’s body. The areas that are susceptible include the ears, head, face, paws, base of tail and claws. Usually, the areas where the sores attack can help determine its causative factors.
Cat Skin Sore Causes
- Age of the cat. Younger cats that have the sores usually inherited it from their parents while middle age ones may have hormonal problems or allergies. Causes of the sores for older cats include malignant and benign tumors.
- Season. There are many skin problems that occur during summer months like seasonal allergies to pollens or insect bites. Dust mites that can also cause skin problems that lead to skin sores are more often experienced by cats during winter like demodicosis.
- Allergic reactions to food or something in the environment.
- Polyps or skin tumors that are raised.
- Fungal and bacterial infection. These infections cause skin diseases like ringworm, blastomyhcosis and histoplasmosis that bring about skin sores.
- Flea and parasites problem
- Poor grooming.
- Reaction of the immune system
- Injury or trauma to the skin
- Acute moist dermatitis or commonly known as cat hot spots. The sores that will be observed are round and raw and may often occur on the chest, sides, hip, and head. This kind of skin condition is common in cats with dense and long hair and also happens during hot weather or during summer time.
- Excessive scratching.
Cat Skin Sores Treatment
Treatment generally depends on the causative factors. Some of the common treatment options include:
- Bacterial infection will need administration of oral and topical antibiotics or antibacterial soaps. Those that are caused by parasites and allergic reactions will also need specific medications like antihistamines and anti-inflammatory drugs to control symptoms.
- Anti-fungal creams or soaps are also used for those that are caused by fungal infection.
- Flea problems can be controlled by treating the cat and the surroundings. Medicated shampoos or soaps, oral anti-flea medications, natural herbs, and flea collars can be used. A disinfectant can also be used to treat the places where the cat sleeps or plays and furnishings in the house. These processes can also get rid of mites.
- Cat owners should properly groom their pets especially those that have long hair.