How Can I Tell If My Cat Has a Skin Problem?

Answered by Dr. Jeff Feinman

The most common symptom is an itchy pet, but if they’re not itching and they have the three S’s: skin sores, shedding, or smelling and those are all clues that your pet has a problem that’s focused on the skin.

Skin sores usually come with itching, scratching, and can be called hot spots which are sores that pop up out of the blue. Shedding, excessive shedding you will be able to see and bad odor from the coat – you can smell.

The fixes I would recommend are daily brushing, if you’re not doing it already because that will stimulate the skin to moisturize and help with the shedding of the hair. Aloe vera topically, if there are any skin sores. Aloe Vera is wonderful for that. If there’s an instance of dry skin like flaking, itching from dry skin, the most common experience is after fleas but there are many causes. I would add a humidifier to make sure the humidity in the house is about 50 percent and supplement one from RX Vitamins called Ultra EFA that is great for skin problems. 

Hi, I’m Jeff Feinman holistic veterinarian from HolisticActions! Here to answer your pet questions, thanks for coming, bye!

Suggested Treatments: 

  • aloe
  • brushing
  • humidification
  • Ultra EFA

Related Symptoms: 

  • skin sores
  • shedding
  • smelling

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Dr. Jeff

Jeffrey Feinman, BA, VMD, CVH, graduated in 1985 from the University of Pennsylvania and was Penn’s first veterinary dual-degree University Scholar, holding both molecular biology and veterinary degrees. He is the founder of and dedicated to pet parent empowerment.

Dr. Jeff is devoted to researching about how to harness the innate power of the individual using Vitality and Balance. He and his wonderful wife Amy live with Archie, a rescue pup, and a Rex cat named Tigger.

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