Cat Skin Problems

Cat Skin Problems: Why is Your Feline Itchy? 

Cats are taken to the veterinarian for skin problems more often than for any other ailment.[1] Unfortunately, skin reactions in cats are difficult to resolve, because the causes and contributing factors are vast.

  • Environmental allergies: Similar to seasonal allergies in humans, your cat may be experiencing an allergic reaction to pollen, grasses, dust or other environmental irritants. These allergens are difficult to determine through a basic exam and usually require extensive and expensive allergy tests.

  • Food allergies: Unfortunately, many major-brand cat foods contain more junk food (like fillers and carbohydrates) than essential nutrients (like protein), which can cause chronic skin irritations.

  • Pest-related reactions: Flea-bite dermatitis is a common condition in cats and dogs. In addition, mites, mosquitoes and biting/stinging pests can cause cat skin rashes, especially if your pet is overexposed or infested.

  • Infections or parasites of the skin: It is possible that a parasitic infection is irritating your cat’s skin. Determining an infection would require a skin test from your veterinarian.

  • Overall lifestyle: Like us, animals can get stressed. When they are overly anxious or nervous, stress-related licking or grooming can negatively impact the skin and cause a rash or reaction.  

Natural Skin Products for Cats

There are conventional medicines on the market that relieve a cat’s itch, but also carry abundant, negative side effects. For example, frequent use of steroids (pills and injections) is linked to canine and feline diabetes.[2]

Our natural product, Cat: Skin & Itch, safely relieves irritated, red, burning, itchy, dry, rough, scaly, chapped, or cracked skin; rashes, fleabite dermatitis, hot spots; excessive gnawing or licking; skin eruptions, hair loss and generally unhealthy skin. And because it’s homeopathic medicine, it relieves symptoms without long-term or harmful side effects.

Help Your Cat’s Itchy Skin with a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Change your cat’s environment: If your cat is typically outdoors, try bringing it inside. This will help you determine if its skin is reacting to an environmental allergen.

  • Find a grain-free food: As we mentioned earlier, grain and other unhealthy food fillers are common allergens. Changing to a food without all of the junk may help you resolve your cat’s problem quickly.

  • Flea free is the way to be: Be sure to keep your pet as clean and pest free as possible. It’s been said that cats and water don’t mix, but a dirty kitty will most likely be an itchy one too.

  •   Rule out sickness: If you suspect your cat has a skin parasite or infection, visit your vet and have a skin test performed before the infection spreads or worsens.

  •  Keep your cat calm: If you notice your cat is obsessively licking, consider relieving its stress in addition to treating its skin.

Cats are known for their independence and invincibility (nine lives) and usually fend for themselves. But if your cat’s skin problems become severe, it will likely need a little help.