eng-GB United Kingdom

Your Cat's skin

The general condition of your cat's skin and coat are good indicators of its health. Where health and diet will influence your cat's skin from the inside, regular grooming and skin care will protect it from the outside. 

The Skin Barrier

A complex and fragile ecosystem...

The skin barrier is essential to protect the body from bacteria, yeasts, allergen and other irritants. It also retains moisture and plays a role in maintaining body temperature through sweating (although cats can only sweat through the skin on their paws).

The normal skin barrier relies on 3 components

  • the mechanical skin barrier,
  • the immunological skin barrier
  • and the microbiological skin barrier. 

This balance between them is fragile and if disturbed can go wrong leading to skin issues.

… with essential functions

Whatever the colour or the thickness of their fur, all cats can develop a skin problem.

Dry skin, oily or flaky skin (dandruff), allergies, infections, or loss of fur can be symptoms of a defective skin barrier. It’s important to contact your vet if you suspect a skin problem because cats are experts at covering things up when they are poorly. Only your vet can prescribe a treatment.

For everyday skin care of problem skin, DOUXO®® can help