Causes of Cat Skin and Health Problems
There are many factors that can affect a cat’s skin and coat health and general condition. These are the cat’s overall health, parasites, cat allergies, disease, and nutrition. Protein is the major component of a cat’s skin and coat; hair alone is 95% protein. Oils are also of major importance in maintaining a cat’s coat and skin condition. First, all cell membranes are composed of both proteins and oils. The complex linkages between these two chemicals regulate the passage of water, minerals, and nutrients in and out of cells. The oils help retain body moisture, maintain suppleness in the skin surface, and contribute to the sheen of the cat’s coat. Yet, protein remains the foundation of a cat's skin and coat health just as it is for muscle. All skin cells are replaced every 3-4 weeks in a normal cat.
If Your Cat's Diet is Well Balanced and Nutritionally Complete it Will Have a Much Stronger Constitution to Fight and Ward off Disease
The IN® natural cat supplement, with it’s special antioxidant formula contains the essential vitamins and minerals that a cat needs for optimum health. Lecithin, a natural emulsifier of fat “cleans” the cat’s skin from the inside, helps fortify the animal’s immune system and promotes your cat’s healthy skin and coat.
Cat Allergies can also play a part in cat skin problems and coat health. There are three main types of allergens: contact (such as flea saliva); inhaled (such as pollen, mold, dust); and food (ingredients). Cats do not react to allergies in the same way humans do. They are not likely to sneeze or have runny noses. Instead, you will see your cat itching and scratching, biting at their hind region, and licking or chewing at the pads of their feet. If you see your cat scratching ears, tail, or anyplace they can reach, it may be signs of cat allergies. If left untreated, it is likely that this will result in an inflammation of the cat’s skin problem, resulting in infection. Cat allergy symptoms can also masquerade as, and perhaps lead to, ear infections, causing excessive wax build up and or your cat itching in the ears.
Contact Cat Allergies:
The most common cat allergy is the result of fleabites. This is due to the cat becoming alleric to the saliva of the flea. this reaction can occur after only one flea bite (once the cat has been previously exposed). Many times, no fleas will be on the cat when the cat is examined, but intense biting and itching occurring near the tail is a dead giveaway. There also may, or may not, be bumps on the cat's skin causing the hair to have a raised appearance.
Inhalant Cat Allergies
Allergic reactions to inhaled substances begin to appear at 6-24 months of age. Usually, the first experience coincides with pollination time. However, seasonal patterns may change if the cat has become sensitive to dust or other materials.
The most overlooked cause of cat allergies are food allergies. Food allergic cats develop sensitivity to a substance in their diet. The most common allergens in cat food are: corn, whey, milk and beef.
The best coat begins from within. A complete diet rich in essential amino acids and other key nutrients is the basis for good health and a beautiful coat. In a normal, healthy cat, balance is the key.
Deprivation, as well as excess levels of specific nutrients, can be detrimental to a cat’s skin and coat health. A deficiency of certain vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or fatty acids can result in cat skin problems. Your cat itches and scratches and the coat damaging itch/scratch cycle begins. Hair becomes lackluster, breaks, and thins.