Skip to main content

Category: skin disease

Skin disease usually takes one of two forms: loss of hair or itchiness. Most itchy skin diseases are caused by allergies or parasite infections. As a general rule itchy skins do not resolve without treatment; so if your cat is scratching an early visit to your vet is advisable. Scratching is not normal nor it is it a habit. The most common cause of itchiness in cats is an allergy to fleas. It is essential to pay close attention to flea control in cats.

Itchy cats often groom excessively rather than scratch at themselves and may be pulling out their own hair without their owners realising. Excessive grooming can be caused by itchiness but some cats exhibit this behaviour in response to stress.

Hair loss can be caused by some parasitic diseases but is most commonly caused by a hormonal imblance. Animals with hormonal problems often have many other clinical problems as well as the hair loss.

Many cats will develop lumps and bumps on their skin at some point. In most cases these may be nothing to worry about and may be a simple wart or a fatty lump underneath the skin. Other rapidly growing swelling may be an abscess (often caused by a bite from another cat). owever, sometimes malignant tumours can develop in or under the skin so if you notice a new lump on your pet, particularly one that is weeping, sore, or changing rapidly, you should make an appointment to see your vet as soon as possible.

Walking Dandruff (Cheyletiellosis)

Cheyletiella infection is a form of mange that is also known as rabbit mites and walking dandruff. This is an itchy skin condition caused by small parasites living on the skin surface. The mites can be found on many animals

Over Grooming (Feline Psychogenic Alopecia)

In the hurly-burly of our modern lives we ask a lot of pets. Fortunately most cats adapt well to all the changes and excitement around them, managing to fit into our hectic schedules and, in doing so, enrich our lives.


If your cat has a greasy hair coat or recurrent ear problems they may be suffering from Malassezia. This fungal/yeast infection of the skin can be mild or extensive and may indicate that there is an underlying health problem. If

Feline Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex

This syndrome describes a group of skin conditions in cats. Most cases are caused by an underlying allergy and can be effectively resolved by treating the allergy. In a few cases more invasive or prolonged treatment is required. Whatever the

Feline acne

Some cats, like some people, are unfortunate to suffer from acne. The condition in cats is generally mild and since cats do not worry about their appearance the condition rarely causes serious problems. However if your cat has any skin