Many pet owners are weary of cats skin disease which cause the feline to loose the beauty of their coat and suffer from itchiness and wounds.
Although it is safe to immediately bring the cat to the vet when you notice the start of skin problems, there are things you can do to cure skin diseases in cats at home.
It´s important that you know the particular skin disease and its causes so you can execute proper medical care for cats. Here are some common skin problems in cats, their symptoms, causes and treatment.
1. Skin Diseases in Cats: Mange
Mange first appears about the head and ears and gradually spreads back over the body. The lesion consists of a very thick crust of scales of grayish-brown color which gives the skin the appearance of being very much thickened. If the disease involves a large part of the skin area it´s questionable whether or not treating the disease will help. In the early stages and in mild cases sulphur and lard may be applied. However, it´s much better to consult a veterinarian while there´s still chance to save your cat.
However, The idea that all skin troubles of the cat are mange is a great mistake since only a few cases of mange are ever found on cats. It´s Eczema that is often found.
2. Skin Diseases in Cats: Eczema
Eczema starts with a falling of the coat and scratching. As it progresses, evidence of dandruff is seen. But when it becomes severe, skin lesions are noticed. Pimples may form in various places over the body especially just anterior to the base of the tail. There may be areas of dry, rough scales, or the lesion may consist of a reddened moist patch, devoid of hair. As the disease advances the lesions increase in size and spread to other parts of the body.
Eczema is caused by feeding cereals and not enough meat. Sometimes it is caused by climatic conditions, sometimes the animal is anemic.
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First correct the diet, omit all fat from your cat´s meal. Add some fat to the diet by the use of a good cod-liver oil, given once or twice a day. Be sure that the oil does not upset the stomach or it will have to be omitted too. Feed good raw beef.
Check out the natural home remedies for eczema in dogs.
The following ointment will be found free from poisons and not injurious to the cat: Sulphur, 8 grains; Zinc Oxide, 19 grains; Borac Acid, 8 grains; Salicylic Acid, 6 grains; about six ounces of Petrolatum, just enough to give it
a thick consistency. Apply to sores once a day.
The above ointment can be used in all skin eruptions. Humphrey’s also have a medicine, their Vet. I. I. which is good for skin troubles caused by the blood or stomach. Humphrey’s remedies are a standard remedy and for sale by
For a thorough guide on treating skin diseases in cats, check out Steven A. Melman´book, Skin Diseases of Dogs and Cats: A Guide for Pet Owners and Professionals.