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Feline Health Conditions

Pet health problems are stressful for owner and pet alike. Understanding certain health conditions your cat might be facing can help bring you one step closer toward nutritionally managing the problem.

Feline Health Conditions

Pet health problems are stressful for owner and pet alike. Understanding certain health conditions your cat might be facing can help bring you one step closer toward nutritionally managing the problem.

Cat Skin Itching

My cat seems very itchy. What is going on?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.

If your cat licks until her fur falls out, she may suffer from an inhalant allergy. Feline skin allergies are very common, and food is not the only cause. Sometimes cats are allergic to pollen, mold, mildew, or other things in the air. In fact, the same things that trigger hayfever in humans can make felines itch like mad. The itchiness can be so uncomfortable for a cat that the animal will lick itself until its skin is rubbed raw. The problem can be seasonal or year-round.

If your cat has these symptoms, check with your vet for an accurate diagnosis. An allergy test can help determine the culprit, and for the vast majority of cats, an occasional antihistamine, allergy shot, or steroid treatment is all that is needed to stop the itching.

– Dr. Andrea Looney, DVM

Cats With Dry Skin

My pet has dry skin. How can I keep him more comfortable?

The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.

You’re not the only one who suffers from dry skin in the winter. When the heat comes on more frequently in the house, your pet may also become itchy. Unless your dog or cat is continually scratching himself, dry skin is not a serious health issue. But you can’t just wash the problem away. In fact, bathing your pet can make the problem worse. So if you do need to shampoo your pet, make sure to apply a moisturizer afterwards.

A moisturizer is effective at treating the symptoms of dry, itchy skin, but the underlying source of the problem is probably dry air. So a humidifier at home can help keep your pet more comfortable. You’ll likely benefit from it, too!

– Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM