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Causes of skin conditions


What are the causes of skin conditions?

Skin conditions are one of the main reasons cat owners visit their vets.

There are many possible causes of skin conditions:

Adverse reactions to food

Skin conditions can occur as a result of a reaction to certain kinds of proteins in your cat’s food.

Other allergies

Your cat may be allergic to dust, pollen, mould or other environmental factors which can cause an allergic reaction if inhaled. Even some flea collars can cause contact allergies. Cats can suffer allergies at any time in their lives.


Fleas, lice and mites can all cause skin irritation. Their bites usually irritate cats and cause them to bite and scratch themselves, damaging their skin.

Hormonal imbalances

Cats with too much or too little of certain hormones are prone to skin problems. Hormonal imbalances rarely cause itching but may point to more serious underlying problems that need to be identified and treated.

Ways to manage skin conditions

There are many ways to manage skin conditions. Your vet may recommend nutrition, drugs, supplements, or a combination of all three. The right nutrition can help improve and restore your cat’s skin and coat and get your cat back to full health quickly.

It is important to feed your cat a food that helps to regenerate skin that is damaged quickly. One way to do this is to feed a food with high levels of Omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids help the skin cell lipids preserve the hydration and elasticity of the skin and and are proven to help reduce the symptoms of skin conditions.

Hill’s™ Prescription Diet™ d/d™ has a high level of Omega-6 fatty acids that are clinically proven to help rebuild skin.

Food allergies in cats

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