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Common Conditions

Whatever the colour or the thickness of their fur, all cats can have skin problems.


Unlike dogs, which tend to scratch at skin problems, cats are more likely to lick problem areas. That means cats with skin conditions can go unnoticed as their symptoms may just look like ordinary grooming behaviour. So even if you notice a subtle change in your cats grooming it's worth checking for other signs that point to skin issues.

Take a close look at his or her coat and skin. You should suspect an issue if you see any of the following; broken hairs, bald spots, greasy skin or fur, flaky skin (dandruff) or crusts or scabs on the skin surface.


Skin problems don’t only affect the health and comfort of your cat. They can be challenging for you to manage too - traditional treatments like shampoos can be a complete no-go for some cats and trying to treat them in this way can cause a lot of stress you both.

Since it takes a new, healthy skin cell about four weeks to mature and reach the skin surface, even mild skin diseases may take weeks to resolve. That's why we've made DOUXO®® easy to apply to support long-term use.


In cats, the most common skin issues include: