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Cat ownership, (ok who am I kidding, I meant being owned by a cat), is a huge responsibility.
If you’re anything like me, you take that responsibility seriously and that means making sure that fluffy friend is as healthy and happy as possible.
It goes without saying that if you notice scabs on your cat, you’re bound to be concerned and maybe a bit alarmed. So, what are the different types of scabs and how do you treat them?
What Are Cat Scabs?
Cat Scabs (miliary dermatitis) are defined as dry, crusty lesions or patches that form while a wound heals. So if you find a large or small scab on your cat, it means that your cat has been wounded either from an external source or from excessive scratching due to irritation.
There are several different types of scabs that cats can be afflicted with, but let’s have a look at 5 common types:
Scabs around the neck and back
Scabs around the head and ears
Scabs as a result of stress
1. Scabs Around The Neck and Back
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2. Scabs Around The Head and Ears (Miliary Dermatitis)
3. Chin Scabs
4. Non-Seasonal Cat Scabs
5. Scabs from Stress
Other Causes Of Scabs:
I’ve listed the more common conditions, but in some cases, there are other reasons why your cat may have scabs.
Here are a few examples:
- Skin Cancer: Yes, the sad truth is that cats can also get skin cancer. The more common types are:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Mast cell tumor
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Pemphigus: An autoimmune condition that results in anti-bodies attacking healthy cell tissue. Some cats have a hereditary predisposition for this condition. Irritation results in your cats clawing and scratching a specific location which results in scabs.
- Ringworms are a fungal infection of skin, hair, or claws known as a dermatophyte. In most cases, fungal infections can clear up without treatment, but anti-fungal treatments offer faster results.
Note: this list is not comprehensive.
You’ll want to take your cat to the veterinarian AS SOON as you notice any lesions or scabs; otherwise they may become infected, especially if your cat keeps licking and scratching at them. These can be quite uncomfortable and downright painful for your cat so you want to make sure you help ease the pain as quickly as possible.
The good news is that most of the time, creams and oral medications work fast – usually within 24 hours. If I didn’t stress it enough yet, I’ll say it one more time – always get a proper diagnosis from your vet and don’t try to put any creams or lotions that you would use yourself. Most topical ointments that you find in your local drugstore can be harmful or even fatal for your cat.
When it comes to pet ownership there is no such thing as being over-cautious so don’t worry about calling your vet the minute you notice something out of the ordinary.
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Have you ever dealt with scabs on your cat? How did you deal with it and how did your cat recover? I’d love to hear your thoughts!