Skin disorders wreak havoc on the lives of cats each and every day. For many cats, the complications with skin disorders are associated with the poor quality of skin and the presence of immunological complications or complications involving allergies. If you cat, however, suffers from a unique skin disorder that involves acne, it is important to know not only what the condition is but also how to best treat it from a natural perspective.
Immunological responses that are inadequate are most often the cause for the development of acne in cats. If you find that your feline’s skin has developed painful, red bumps underneath the long coat of hair, it may be prudent to consider and treat this condition as acne and to begin to assess the underlying causes for development – environmental stress and poor diet. While many cats are naturally stressed and worrisome, excessive environmental exposure can cause even greater risk for developing feline acne.
Your cat’s diet will be the first issue to address. While most cats are finicky eaters, and typically do not eat human food, you may find that a simple change in brand of cat food is all that it will take to improve your cat’s skin condition. Changing brands to one that is a more premium cat food, or using one that is veterinarian recommended, may be enough to push your cat’s health into a more optimal condition and reduce the oily response that may be present on the skin from poorer diets.
Environmental stress is another underlying cause for feline acne. In many cats, a simple change in family dynamics or a move to a new home can be enough to push your cat into a state of frenzy. Unlike dogs, cats are very stress-sensitive and this will cause some skin disorders to manifest. When your cat is suffering from feline acne, consider how the environment may be playing a role and you may want to limit your cat’s access to stressful situations. In some cases, even restricting your cat’s access to certain parts of the home will help to reduce the stress and allow your cat to ease slowly into a new environmental situation.
Acne in cats is most often diagnosed by veterinarians as cat owners typically do not check for the skin disorders presence. If your cat has been diagnosed with any type of feline complication, especially with acne, this may be indicative of poor feline care that can, fortunately, be remedied rather easily. By modifying diet and improving the stress level in your home, your cat’s skin and coat of fur will improve in look at feel and any signs of feline acne should resolve within a few days.Sources: Journal of Veterinary Medicine, 2007: 8: 97-99.