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Skin, Coat & Hot Spots

Skin and coat care is essential for your cat’s overall well-being. A healthy coat is critical to protecting your cat’s skin, which is much thinner and more sensitive than ours. A regular regimen of skin and coat maintenance keeps your cat happy and healthy.

  • Hot Spots
  • Skin Allergies
  • Skin Infections
  • General Skin, Coat & Paw Care

What To Look For

Signs that your cat has hot spots include:

  • Lesions on your dog's skin
  • Ulcerations or signs of pus at the hot spot site
  • Reddish-brown saliva staining on your dog's coat
  • Compulsive licking and chewing
  • Hair loss

What Is It?

Hot spots are lesions that result from repetitive licking and chewing. There is usually an underlying condition such as fleas, allergies (from food, pollen, and other environmental factors) or poor grooming, which can cause your cat to lick the same spot frequently. Stress may also be a factor that contributes to your cat’s licking. Hot spots can grow rapidly, become infected, and be quite painful.

What It Means for Your Cat

Hot Spots can cause extreme discomfort, become infected and give off a bad odor.

How You Can Help

All causes of your cat’s hot spot must be treated in along with the Hot Spot itself. Consult your veterinarian to determine if your cat has food or airborne allergies. Guarding against fleas and ticks and ensuring your cat is properly groomed can go a long way towards preventing hot spots.

Products That May Help

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What To Look For

Signs that your cat has skin allergies include:

  • Excessive itching and scratching
  • Constant licking
  • Itchy and runny eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

What Is It?

Your cat’s allergen receptors are located in his or her skin. What this means is cats don’t get as bad a runny nose or congestion from allergies as we do. Instead, they develop skin conditions. Skin allergies occur when your cat’s immune system overreacts to exposure to allergens in your cat’s environment. Some allergens include ingredients found in foods, as well as pollen, mold, and mold spores in the air. More commonly, cats develop allergies from flea bites.

What It Means for Your Cat

Allergies can make your cat extremely uncomfortable and cause a variety of health problems. Cats experiencing allergies often scratch excessively, which can lead to hot spots and skin infections. Vomiting, diarrhea and sneezing may also occur, further compromising your cat’s well-being.

How You Can Help

All causes of your cat’s allergic reaction must be treated in conjunction with the reaction itself. Consult your veterinarian to determine if your cat has food, contact, or airborne allergies. Guarding against fleas and ticks can go a long way toward keeping your cat allergy-free.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Hot Spot & Itch Relief Spray
PetArmor® Itch & Allergy Shampoo
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PetArmor® Plus

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What To Look For

Signs your cat may have a skin infection include:

  • Lesions on your dog’s skin (hot spots)
  • Ulcerations or signs of pus at a hot spot
  • Reddish-brown saliva staining on your dog’s coat
  • Compulsive licking and chewing
  • Raised, flaky patches

What Is It?

Bacterial and yeast skin infections are a painful outcome when your cat is scratched, exposed to allergens, suffers bites from fleas or ticks, is poorly groomed and is exposed to extremely hot or humid weather. Yeast infections can show up anywhere on your cat’s skin, but they are most common between the toes and under the legs.

What It Means for Your Cat

Infections, in addition to being painful and uncomfortable, can cause your cat to scratch excessively. This can lead to hot spots and open sores on your cat’s skin.

How You Can Help

It’s important to treat the cause of your cat’s infection as well as caring for his or her symptoms. If you think your cat does have an infection, consult your veterinarian. You can help ease some of the discomfort associated with skin infections with feline skin-care products. And, protecting your cat from fleas and ticks, which are major causes of allergies that lead to infections, is a great way to avoid the discomfort associated with them.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Hot Spot & Itch Relief Spray
PetArmor® Itch & Allergy Shampoo
PetArmor®
PetArmor® Plus

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What To Look For

Signs that your cat has a skin and/or coat condition include:

  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Matting of the hair coat
  • Irritated or red skin
  • Limping from dry or cracked paws

What Is It?

Your cat’s skin is much thinner than ours and therefore requires a healthy coat to protect it. The skin is also a highly sensitive organ that contains your cat’s allergy receptors. Intact, healthy skin is essential in warding off infections that can arise from scratching due to allergies. Your cat’s paws are also susceptible to environmental conditions such as hot pavement in the summer and salt on sidewalks in the winter, which can cause damage and lead to infection.

What It Means for Your Cat

An unhealthy coat can lead to matting, which can cause your cat to lick excessively. This can lead to the development of hot spots, skin infections, and lesions.

How You Can Help

Regular grooming and maintenance of your cat’s skin and coat greatly reduce the chances of hair matting and infections, and keeps your cat looking and feeling his or her best. Should your cat experience any signs of damaged or infected skin or tender paws, contact your veterinarian. Soothing products may help ease the discomfort.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Itch & Allergy Shampoo

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The contents on the PetArmor® website, including text, videos and images, are being provided for informational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health. See our Terms of Use for additional information.