Skin Rash in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment ..
Diagnosis of a skin rash in cats will require a review of the cat’s medical history, plus a great deal of communication between the pet owner and the veterinarian. Pet owners will be required to tell the veterinarian when the symptoms were first noted, where the cat spends most of her time, and what the pet owner suspects could be the cause of the skin rash. Any new additions to the home such as furniture, deodorizers, or carpeting should be noted as textile materials could be the root of the problem. Changes the pet owner has made to the cat’s food, medications, preventative flea/tick treatments, and even a new collar or food dish should be taken into consideration.
Pet are also known to exhibit skin rash due to food allergy. Therash occurs around the cat’s face and neck due to an allergic reactionto ingredients present in the food. Food allergies develop afterprolonged consumption of a food that the pet is allergic to.
The most common type of rash is called contact allergy dermatitis,and is caused by flea bites. Cats that are hypersensitive to fleasaliva develop the symptoms of flea rash. Due to excessive itching,cats can cause skin lesions which lead to secondary bacterialinfections.The diagnosis of rash is important, as it determines the course oftreatment that follows. The vet will perform a physical examination andconduct a skin scraping test. Patch testing is also conducted todetermine allergic reactions. Skin biopsies are performed to rule outunderlying diseases. A microscopic examination of skin cells willreveal the presence of bacteria or fungal infections in the cat’s skin.Cats can also be allergic to allergens in food. I have seen cats that are allergic to corn, wheat, soy, yeast, fish, chicken and beef (just to name a few). The symptoms that can be seen include rubbing, scratching, itching, sneezing, coughing, pulling out of fur and subsequent hair loss (alopecia), pimples, rashes, chronic ear infections, recurrent diarrhea or vomiting, red/inflamed patches of skin, and interdigital dermatitis (inflammation between the toes). The easiest natural remedy for cats with food allergies is an elimination diet. This will involve inspecting all the ingredients listed on potential diet choices. Reading the ingredient label will allow you to choose a formulation that fits your cat’s profile. I usually have owners bring the food allergy results to the pet store so they can compare the results to the list of ingredients. This ensures that they don’t purchase something that has an offending food substance in it for their cat. By reducing the number of allergens that your cat is exposed to, you reduce the level of his/her threshold to below that which they exhibit clinical signs. Basically, the rubbing, the scratching, the rashes, the ear infections etc. are minimized. I have seen all kinds of symptoms disappear once the allergen level is reduced.Cats also suffer from skin rash caused by parasites and bacterialinfections. The vet will prescribe anti-parasite medication to kill theparasites. Antibiotic or anti-inflammatory medication is alsoadministered to cure bacterial infections and reduce discomfort.Cats suffering from contact allergy dermatitis will be prescribedanti-allergic medication. and pet owners will have to determine theallergen that causes skin rash or dermatitis.Cat rash is a broad term for various sores, lesions or infections that can affect your pet's skin. These problems result from a range of physiological, environmental and psychological factors. In order to successfully treat your cat's skin condition, it is important to know the cause of the problem. In most cases, your veterinarian can identify the source of the rash based on a physical examination and additional blood, skin, urine and allergen tests. Your vet may also ask about behavioral or physical changes you've observed in your cat. Such information can help the doctor diagnose your cat's skin problem and determine the best course of treatment. Here are some of the most common causes of cat rash and their symptoms.