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 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 Scabs?
Scabs are defined as dry, crusty lesions or patches that form when a wound heals. So if you find a scab, it means that somehow your cat was wounded.
There are several different types of scabs that cats can be afflicted with, but let’s have a look at 5 of the most common types:
Scabs Around The Neck and Back
Scabs Around The Head and Ears
You’ll want to take your kitty 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 kitty 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.
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!