Cat contact dermatitis is very rarely found in cats unless they are exposed to certain conditions or factors that cause dermatitis. Cat dermatitis is usually caused due to:
- Insecticides-with citrus rind oil
- Poison ivy sap
- Road salt
- Insect stings and bites
- Sun sensitivity
- Various chemicals included in detergents and soaps
- Bacterial, fungal or viral infection
- Rug and carpet particles
- Sensitivity to Plastic, rubber or leather can also cause serious dermatitis
Biologically a cat develops contact dermatitis when it gets in contact with the environmental conditions or elements containing allergens. Whenever a cat gets attacked by allergy then the allergy would affect only a particular area of that cat’s body.
Symptoms of contact dermatitis:
If your cat is showing certain symptoms then it means she has developed contact dermatitis:
- Rashes on the body area that has come into contact with allergy-creating substance
- Bumps/rashes on the facial area such as chin
- Bumps/rashes on chest or neck
- Bumps/rashes on the lower or hidden body parts such as abdominal territory, anus, tail, groin, scrotum and space between toes
- Severe itching
- Rashes halting at the areas containing hairline
How contact dermatitis is diagnosed?
In order to get the correct and timely treatment for your cat, you need to make a deep observation of your cat’s symptoms during the allergy and understand the presence of environmental factors that might be irritating your cat’s skin. You will be required to provide complete details to the vet when you will take your cat to him for the treatment.
The vet will first administer certain allergy tests in order to find out the real cause behind the contact dermatitis. The most famous of the allergy tests is known as the patch test. In this test, the suspected element is attached and tied to the body through a tape for around 24 to 48 hours in order to administer the bodily reactions to that element. Another allergy test is administered by removing the cat from the irritating environmental conditions for a certain period of time; later on the cat is returned to that environment in order to administer the reaction.
If you want your cat to get rid of allergies and lead a healthy life then keeping a track record of his allergies, food intake, disturbing environmental elements in a diary is also going to provide you the great help. The vets nowadays also administer the bacterial culture test or skin biopsies if the initial tests don’t reveal any certain results.
Treatment for contact dermatitis:
Although contact dermatitis can by treated with the help of medicines but it will recur if the irritating is substance remains present near your cat. So, in order to get your cat regain full health, you need to remove the irritating element from your cat’s surrounding areas. Next you need to use hypoallergenic shampoos in order to bathe your cat so the harmful antigen gets washed away from the skin. It would also be better to prevent your cat from visiting the allergen-containing areas.