cat skin problem - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden
I have a question regarding a skin problem on my mother's cat. She tells me that the cat incessantly licks the base of his tail, and it's become flaky and rough, and it seems to make him irritable. He's an indoor cat. His only outdoor visits are to the vet.
Even strictly indoor cats can get fleas so ruling that out would be first. (We can bring them in on our clothing/shoes etc... or visitors can bring them if their pets have fleas, or if she recently moved they can be left behind by previous tenants or the eggs can lay dormant for months and then hatch.)
Then I would check the food, many cats can develop food allergies which main symptoms are skin irritation. The major allergens in food are grains, fish, chicken, dairy and beef. So if your mom is feeding a lower quality food that could be the problem.
And of course it is best to consult with a vet, especially if there is hair loss. They have a history on the cat and can administer a shot or meds if the skin irritation and hair loss are bad.
I'd say you need a quick vet visit..My boy had an almost absesed anal gland a couple of months ago..if left untreated it would have been much more costly and quite painful for my boy! Let us know what the vet says!
Oh! we always ask for pictures of your family here...
Cats will spend an inordinate time investigating/grooming this area if a bladder infection, anal sac problem, tape worm/round worm burden, food allergies, neurasthenia (abnormal neurologic stimulation of skin resulting in hypersensitivity), etc. exists.
You'll need to visit the vet to begin treating/solving this situation.
Dr. Van Lienden
Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
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