Skin Problems in Cats

Skin Problems in Cats

Skin problems are one of the major reasons that take cat owners to veterinary hospital. The health of your cat’s skin indicates its general health. If your cat has a skin problem then it may have symptoms like constant scratching, itching on the skin particularly around the neck and head. Your cat may have tendency to chew and lick the skin. There may be inflammation, redness, scabs, hair loss, scaly patches, rashes the on the skin. A veterinary doctor can help you to identify the type of skin problem and its causes. Here are different types of skin diseases that may affect your cat.

Different Types of Skin Problems in cats


Wheal is a raised area on the skin that has a red or pale coloration. It can also be called cat hive. The affected area may have itching also. This wheal may disappear by its own in a few minutes or hours. This can be due to allergies caused by insect bite, food, infection, drugs etc.

Feline Miliary Dermatitis

The affected area of the skin becomes red with a collection of small bumps. It can be due to autoimmune disease, allergies, fungal infections, hormonal abnormalities, parasite attack, yeast infection etc.


Papule is an elevated lesion found on the skin surface. If it is a larger one then it is called plaque. It can be malignant or benign.


Macule is a color change on the skin caused by certain injury or inflammation.


Vesicle is a lump formed beneath the skin and which is filled with fluid. Vesicles may break open easily and releases the fluid. When it gets dried the skin becomes crusty.


Postule is a lump on the skin that is filled with pus. This pus in turn is caused by white blood cells which are directed to ward off an invader like fungus or bacteria. The dead cells thus formed produce a lump called postule.


This is an elevated and enlarged bump caused by the abnormal growth of the cells. This can be due to fungal or bacterial infection and at times it may be malignant too.


This is a large mass of tissues resulted from the abnormal growth of the cells. It can be a result of inflammation or malignant.