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Common problems with cat fur

Hair loss, excessive washing, hairballs and dandruff; we've collated some of the most common problems that cats can have with their fur.
Common problems with cat fur

Licking the fur off

Cats groom their fur for a number of different reasons but mainly to keep their fur clean, shiny and free of tangles. When cats lick themselves so frantically and compulsively that their fur comes off, the cause should be investigated.

The issue can be itching, pain, or even a behavioural problem.

Hairballs

Cats naturally ingest some hair when they bathe. Sometimes hair can begin to gather in the stomach and form hairballs, mainly during the shedding period and in long-haired cats. Usually, cats throw up hairballs, but since the hair does not break down, there's a risk that they get stuck and problems in the stomach and intestines.

More about hairballs

Dandruff

Dandruff in cats can have several possible causes. You often see more dandruff on the back of the body where the cat has more glands in the skin, but dandruff can occur all over the body. The skin may be dry or feel oily. Depending on the cause of the dandruff, secondary complications due to fungus or bacteria can make the skin red and irritated.

Black chin (feline acne) 

Cats have glands in the skin on their chins. Black chin (feline acne) is caused by clogged sebaceous glands on the cat's chin. If the glands secrete a lot and the exits become blocked, it can develop into pimples and inflammation on the chin. Mild cases rarely need to be treated, but if your cat is troubled, it can be treated with external preparations. In more serious cases, general treatment may be needed.

Itching 

Problems with the cat's skin often involve itching, which cats show by licking themselves intensely. You may not notice the licking, but only see the changes in the skin. Common causes of itching in cats are dermatitis, allergy, ringworm or parasites in your cat's skin.

Preventing problems with your cat's fur

Get into the habit of regularly brushing your cat's so that you can detect early symptoms, such as changed skin. Feed your cat good quality food and make sure they stays at a normal weight. Also create a home environment that stimulates the cat.

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