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Your Cat's skin



What's going on ?

Bacterial skin infection or pyoderma is not common in cats as it is in dogs. This will always need several weeks of treatment.


Bacterial dermatitis or skin infection (pyoderma) is most of the time triggered by an underlying disease, such as parasites, an endocrine disease or allergies against fleas or food ingredients.

It occurs when the skin’s natural defenses break down with scratching or licking, allowing an overgrowth of common skin bacteria (such as staphylococci).

Other organisms, such as yeast and fungal organisms, can also take advantage of the skin changes and multiply. 



Bacterial dermatitis may be generalised or restricted to certain areas as in the case of head and neck. Eosinophilic plaques on the abdomen are permanently licked and can be infected by oral bacteria. Chin acne is also described.

Consult your vet, who will focus on treating the underlying problem and will advise you on managing the condition. 

6 tips to help clean up your cat's skin

Disinfecting the skin to help restore its natural bacterial population and a healthy skin barrier ecosystem, and soothing the irritation are the main goals of supportive care.

  1. Consult your veterinarian to identify the problem and treat any underlying condition. Remedies will depend on the diagnosis. 
  2. Help control the condition by using a high quality shampoo, mousse or wipes to clean and soothe the skin and to maintain the natural skin's ecosystem. Choose special formulas with an antiseptic action.
  3. Regularly groom and brush your cat and clean skin folds and ears.
  4. Keep your pet free from parasites: treat against fleas, ticks and worms on a regular basis.
  5. Feed your pet a high-quality, balanced diet. Supplement with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals if and as recommended by your vet.
  6. Schedule regular check-up consultations with your veterinarian to watch your cat's skin condition. You can also send pictures of your cat to show the evolution.

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