Your Veterinarian in Jacksonville Answers Cat Skin Conditions FAQs
Feline skin disorders occur for a variety of reasons, from flea or diabetic dermatitis to seasonal allergies and anxiety over changes in living conditions. While dogs tend to dig and scratch at skin issues with their claws, cats will spend more time licking at skin irritations. Cat owners may notice their cats grooming one area of their body repeatedly or even pull tufts of hair out with their front teeth. Other signs your cat may be suffering a skin disorder include hair loss, bald patches, unusual twitching of back muscles and abruptly running from one spot to another where they immediately start licking and biting their skin. To diagnose your cat's skin condition, your Jacksonville vet will perform a thorough exam of'
What are the Symptoms of Flea Allergies in Cats?
Some cats tolerate flea bites without developing widespread dermatitis. Cats allergic to flea saliva will suffer intense itching at bite sites, cough, sneeze and may present eye and/or nasal discharge. Sinus drainage could cause vomiting and reduced appetite as well. Ridding your cat of fleas with treatment prescribed by your veterinarian in Jacksonville is the best and quickest method of eliminating these symptoms.
Can Cats Get Mange Like Dogs?
Yes. Non-burrowing and burrowing mites cause mange in cats. Burrowing mites make tunnels in your cat's skin where they lay eggs. Non-burrowing mites suck blood and consume skin scales. Ear mites are commonly diagnosed in cats with mange. Signs of mange include hair loss, crusts developing on skin and inflammation. Unless treated, mange infections could lead to secondary fungal or bacterial infections.
My Cat has Crusting on Her Face and Paws but No Other Symptoms. What Could That Be?
Less common than allergic dermatitis or flea allergy, dermatophytosis (ringworm) affects cats with impaired immune systems. Crusting on paws and face are primary signs of ringworm but many cats with ringworm are asymptomatic. Crusts usually have pustules in their centers containing infected discharge.
Can Cats Give Warts (Viral Papilloma) to Humans?
No. Feline warts are small, skin-colored, painless growths caused by the common Papilloma virus. Cats cannot give their owners warts but they can give them to other cats. Normally, feline warts disappear without treatment. Unless a wart enlarges enough to interfere with a cat's ability to see, eat or relieve themselves, warts on cats can safely be left alone. Your Jacksonville vet will provide professional advice regarding feline warts.
What Treatments are Available for Cats with Skin Disorders?
Cats with ear mites may be given ear drops to kill mites and eliminate irritation. To rid a cat of flea allergy dermatitis, your veterinarian may prescribe oral medications containing ingredients toxic to fleas but safe for cats. Topical creams may be used to soothe itching, pain and dryness associated with skin irritations.
If your cat is suffering from severe itching, scabs, hair loss and ear discharge, please schedule an appointment with one of our Jacksonville veterinarians today by calling (910) 353-1722.