A healthy cat makes for a happy cat. Did you know your kitty's coat and dental conditions are some of the best indicators of overall health? It is a known fact that cats take good care of their own coats, seeing as how they spend as much time grooming and polishing as they do. However, easier said than done, which is why you should still make it a goal to regularly groom your cat. Grooming your cat will benefit your cat's overall health in a number of ways and it will give you an opportunity to keep a close eye on their coat and skin condition. Without further ado, here is your new guide through feline coat care.
Notorious for their perfectionism, cats spend large portions of their time grooming and polishing. Their impeccable coats, however, can sometimes hide various skin problems and irritations that need our attention. In order to timely recognize and correctly address these issues, we must know what signs to be on the lookout for. Here are seven groups of the most commonly observed skin problems among cats.
Lurking in cats’ furs, digestive tracts and our carpets, feline parasites are great at escaping our eyes. This is why, for the most of the time, we can be completely unaware of them. However, even if invisible, parasites and diseases they carry can seriously harm our cats’ (and ours!) health. This is why we must continuously monitor our pets for the common parasites and apply the appropriate preventative and therapeutic measurements. To get started, here are few things every cat owner should know about the most common parasites in cats.
Urticaria pigmentosa is a form of a condition known as cutaneous mastocytosis and it is caused by the accumulation of the defective mast cells (a type of white blood cells) in the skin, bone marrow, liver, spleen and lymph nodes. This skin condition is poorly documented and it is better described in humans and Sphynx and Devon Rex cat breeds. A study about five affected Devon Rex cats (Nolie et al, 2009) emphasizes that naked feline breeds are predisposed to this condition.