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Signs and symptoms


Does your cat have a skin condition?

"Skin conditions” is a general term to describe the very common but nonetheless distressing disorders which damage or irritate your cat's skin.

Is your cat itching, scratching, licking or rubbing more than normal?

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of skin conditions are easy for owners to see.

Check the area where you think the problem is, and if you see any of the following, take your cat to a vet for a proper examination:

  • Red patches, spots or pimples
  • Scabs, crusts or thickened skin
  • Flaky or scaly patches
  • Hair loss

Other symptoms of a skin condition can be more difficult to identify, but if you notice any of the following, it is a good idea to take your cat to a vet to get a professional evaluation.

  • Change of appetite
  • Bad skin odour

Causes of skin conditions

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