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Scabs and Cat Skin Problems

Scabs are one of the most common skin problems that a cat can suffer from. Scabs may be caused because of various reasons such as allergies to food or seasonal, grooming products, fleas and ringworms. Seeing scabs on a cat’s skin can raise questions about what caused it and the treatment. Given below are some of the commonly asked questions about cat skin problems such as scabs that have been answered by Experts.

What are the common causes of cat skin problems such as scabs?

The common causes of cat skin problems like scabs include:
• Feline atopy or allergic dermatitis
• Skin infection because of bacteria, fungus or parasites
• Auto immune disease
• Combination of above mentioned conditions

How can the underlying cause of skin scabs in cats be diagnosed and are there any over the counter medications to treat them?

Scabs on a cat’s skin may be diagnosed with the help of tests such as skin scraping, fungal culture and skin cytology. Individuals may give a cat ½ of an over-the-counter antihistamine called Chlor-Trimetron at 4milligrams once every 12 hours. The cat may have to be taken to a vet for treatment if the scabs do not reduce even after three days of giving the medication.

What is the common cause of skin scabs under a cat’s chin?

The most common cause for skin scabs under a cat’s chin is feline acne. Some cats may just have a single episode of acne while others may suffer from it throughout their whole lives. The cause of feline acne may not be known and it normally occurs on the cat’s chin and lower lip. The cat may be given antibiotics such as Clavamox, Bayril, or Cephalosporin for treatment. A skin biopsy may be required if the acne does not go away after medication has been given. Some other conditions that may cause scabbing of the skin may be demodectic mange, yeast infections, feline leprosy, ringworm, cancer and allergies.

What could cause scabs on a cat with a history of herpes and what is the treatment?

A cat with a history of herpes may develop scabs on its skin if it has herpes dermatitis. The cat may be given Lysine supplements for this condition. As for the scabs, the cat may be given Famciclovir 62.5 milligrams (mg) every day for two weeks. This medication can be given in pill pockets which are moist treats with a hole in the middle to insert medication. Some individuals may also apply topical products such as Duoxo on the cat’s skin.

What is the treatment for scabs caused by an allergy to flea bites?

Scabs caused because of an allergy to flea bites may be treated with antihistamines and omega-3 fatty acids. Some of the common antihistamines are listed below:

• Benadryl that may be given at 1 mg (milligram) per pound of the cat’s body weight or ½ of a 25 mg (milligram) tablet per 10-12 pounds of the cat’s body weight 2 to 3 times in a day. The tablet may be crushed and added to cat food or the cat may be given the liquid form of the medicine.

• Chlorpheniramine 4mg (milligram) to be given once or twice in a day.

The omega-3 fatty acids like Derm Caps or 3V will work with the antihistamines and reduce the scabs on the cat’s skin. Individuals may also apply cortisone cream if the skin is very itchy.

Scabs on the skin often make a cat very irritable and itchy. The can may constantly scratch itself at time which may further lead to injuries such as scratches or rashes on the skin. Controlling scabs on a cat’s skin may include identifying its underlying cause and treatment. By contacting an Expert may help an individual determine the exact cause of scabs on a cat’s skin and what the treatment could be.
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