Dermatitis in cats: causes, symptoms and treatment

Cat cleaning itself

Feline skin can also look diseased. We do not usually think about it, since these animals spend a lot of time grooming themselves, and therefore always keeping clean, but the truth is that when the first symptoms of the disease appear dermatitis, is when we realize how important it is to make sure that we are giving our friend everything he really needs.

One of the most common skin diseases is miliary dermatitis, although it is much better known by the name of eczema. But what causes and what symptoms does dermatitis in cats have? And the most important, How is it treated?

Causes of dermatitis in cats

There are several causes why a cat can have dermatitis, and they are the following:

  • Alimentary intolerance
  • Bacterial infection
  • Mites
  • Mushrooms
  • Fleas
  • Immune system diseases

What are the symptoms?

When a cat has dermatitis, one of the most common symptoms is crusted rashes on the neck, on the head and on the back. We might think that this has to cause a lot of itchiness, but the reality is that it depends: there are hairy ones that will feel a lot of discomfort and will scratch often, but there are others that on the contrary will continue to lead a normal life.

Diagnosis and treatment

If we suspect that our friend has dermatitis, it is convenient take him to the vet to examine him and give him the most appropriate treatment depending on the cause. In general, you should bear in mind that if the eczema is on the head or nearby, it is a dermatitis caused by flea bites, which is treated by administering an antiparasitic to the animal and keeping the house clean; If they are more present in the tail, then it has mites and it will also be necessary to put an antiparasitic to eliminate them; and if they are not in any of the previous areas, then more research should be done since it could be a food intolerance or some contact dermatitis.

As a precaution, it is important have cleaning products always well stored, out of the cat's reach. Likewise, it should be given a quality food, if possible without cereals as it can cause allergies.

Dermatitis in cats

Dermatitis in cats is a problem that should be examined by a professional. Only then can your skin be as healthy as it was before.

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  1.   would give fil said

    My cat has reddish spots on his belly, wet, it does not itch, but he is licking a lot, and these spots are running to his back paw, what would this be?

    1.    Monica sanchez said

      Hi Daria.
      I'm sorry, I can't tell you.
      It is best to see a vet.
      All the best. I hope it gets better.