Ten top tips for managing skin problems in cats

Posted by Nurse Whiskers. February 17th 2014.

Here are 10 top tips to help soothe your cat’s skin and manage cat’s mild skin conditions at home.

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  1. Salt water bathing can be very soothing to the skin. Dissolve one teaspoon salt into a pint of cooled boiled water and bathe the sore/affected areas.
  2. Always regularly check for and prevent parasites such as fleas. They are a very common cause of skin allergies. Just one or two fleas are enough to spark off a reaction; it does not take a full infestation, as your pet is allergic to their saliva.
  3. Do not allow your pet to lick, scratch or rub at sore skin. The tongue is abrasive and saliva irritating. An Elizabethan collar purchased from any reputable pet shop will help prevent this.
  4. If a pet is scratching consider clipping the nails short or dressing the foot used, with a child’s sock or alternatively, a body dressing can be created using a child’s T-shirt to reduce trauma from the scratching until a solution is found.
  5. Never use a flea product intended for a dog on a cat. All too often cats are poisoned, by mistake, with dog flea products.
  6. Do not use human products on your cat’s skin. They are not meant for animals and could be an irritant or even toxic if licked off and swallowed.
  7. Use any shampoos provided by the vet as directed. These are often medicated and as much part of the treatment as any tablets provided.
  8. Always finish a course of treatment given by your vet and regularly attend any appointments until given the all clear.
  9. Ensure if using any floor cleaners or carpet cleaning/fresheners at home, that the area is avoided or is rinsed thoroughly with fresh water.
  10. Consider trying non-biological soap products on your pet’s bedding.
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