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These days visits of cat owners to veterinarians with such problem as rash on their pet’s stomach become too often. In most cases this skin reaction called dermatitis is just a symptom indicating the development of the disease. What can cause rash on cat stomach?
Dermatitis as a Main Reason of Rash on Cat’s Stomach
According to its nature and development skin rash on cat stomach can be classified as superficial, purulent and wetting dermatitis. There are some symptoms that are common for every type of dermatitis in animals:
- Rash, scratchings, abdominal redness;
- Puffiness, blisters, vesicles and ulcers;
- Dryness and thickness of skin, cracks, thinning of hair, skin that is hot and wet to the touch;
- Exfoliating skin, hair loss.
What the rash will be like depends on your cat’s immune response to the disease. Even having the same diagnosis, various cats get through the disease differently. There are some types of the disease: acute dermatitis, subacute and chronic. If you don’t provide medical help in time or treat it the wrong way, severe dermatitis can develop into chronic, that is constantly relapsing. This condition will be harder to treat, that is why if you notice any red rash on cat’s belly, take your cat to a vet as soon as possible. Dermatitis can also be categorized as allergic and contact dermatitis. Contact dermatitis results in rash on cat’s stomach and other parts of the body when the skin of your cat has a direct contact with something that causes irritation. This type of dermatitis is less common because sensitive skin of cats is covered with fur that protects them from contact with foreign irritation. Allergic dermatitis appears when immune system of a pet responses to a specific substance. The irritating substance can be anything, that is why it is hard to identify the allergen that caused the rash and only veterinarian can make a diagnosis.
Photo of Rash on Cat’s Stomach
The Origin of the Rash
To cure the rash you have to understand why your cat got it in the first place. Very often the rash can be a response of your cat’s immune system to fleas and other parasites. Flea legs have huge accumulation of bacteria on them, these bacteria cause allergic reaction. Flea allergy dermatitis results in itching, skin redness, and scabs. This type of dermatitis is more common during summer, however you cat can catch the disease in winter, since basements and stairs can also be a home for fleas. In response to a flea’s saliva your cat can break out in wet rash, cover with scabs and eroded skin. If dermatitis on your cat’s stomach was a reaction to mite bites, it can be followed by other reaction, such as slight swelling of a bite site, inflammation and itching of skin. Allergic reaction usually doesn’t end only on stomach. It affects the whole body. To cure your pet you have to remove all the parasites, and constantly undergo preventive treatment in order to reduce any risk of relapse. Another reason for a rash to appear is food allergy. Any product can provoke this reaction. The disease might cause skin rash, severe itching and puffiness. Response to allergen in your cat’s body can be immediate or cumulative.
If you suspect that your cat might have an allergy, it is better to consult a vet. It is almost impossible to cure your pet by yourself without professional help. Vet will be able to identify allergen in order to isolate you cat from it. Your vet will need to take blood samples of our cat. Once he or she examines it, you together can make a diet plan for your feline. Dermatitis can be contact and still have an immediate rash on cat’s stomach after your cat touches the allergen. Symptoms of this disease can be superficial or deep. Superficial include barely seen rash and slight itching, deep dermatitis comes as vesicles and ulcers of infected dermatitis. Such symptoms are eliminated with the help of antihistamine and anti-inflammatory drugs. You should also reduce contact between your cat and the allergen. The treatment of the cat should be complex. Treatment attacks itching and puffiness in the first place, then it prevents recurrent contamination with the help of antibiotics. Bear in mind that advanced stage of disease is hard to cure, it is essential that you consult the vet as soon as you spot first symptoms and rash. In future, the owner of a cat should undergo preventive treatment to eliminate the risk of relapse. This way you can ease the life of your feline so there is no place for any discomfort from dermatitis.