Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a skin condition that affects cats. It can be caused by allergies or an infection. Your cat may suffer from dermatitis if he has dry skin, itchy bumps on his body, hair loss around the face and neck area, or scaly patches on his skin. Although the causes of dermatitis in cats are unknown, you can take some preventive measures to keep the condition from reoccurring.

Dermatitis is a skin condition that can be caused by allergies or environmental factors. It can also be caused by a disease or virus. If your cat is suffering from any of these, consult your vet before trying any of these home remedies.

There are many different types of dermatitis in cats, but they all have one thing in common: sensitive skin. Here are some tips and tricks to help you keep your kitty healthy and happy all year long

The Skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body and it serves several important functions, including:

  • Protection from pathogens
  • Regulation of body temperature by sweating and keeping warm or cool as needed.
  • Sensory input, such as feeling pain and pressure

The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis (outermost), dermis (middle), and hypodermis (deepest). The epidermis contains dead skin cells that slough off continuously from its surface. The rate at which these dead cells are replaced depends on age, genetics, environment, and lifestyle choices.[1] When you are healthy and at your ideal weight your skin normally regenerates itself every two weeks. During this time there is no damage done to the more sensitive dermis layer below it.

When you are overweight or obese however this process can take up to six weeks causing damage to the dermis layer which can result in dermatitis-like psoriasis or eczema.

Symptoms Of Dermatitis

The most common symptoms of cat dermatitis are redness and irritation of the skin, scratching and hair loss. Other signs your cat may be suffering from this condition are skin infections, itching, sores, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Causes Of Dermatitis

Causes Of Dermatitis

Allergies, food allergies, and environmental allergies are the most common causes of skin conditions in cats.

Dermatitis can also be caused by fleas or an infection. It’s important to note that cats with certain skin conditions can be more susceptible to developing cancerous tumors on their bodies. These include: squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), melanoma, and basal cell carcinoma (BCC).

Diagnosis Of Dermatitis

If your cat is suffering from an allergic reaction, he or she may have an itchy, red rash. The vet will examine your cat and look for signs of allergies, infections, or parasites. They will also check the cat’s fur, skin, and nails. If you notice any injuries or wounds on the affected areas of your pet’s body, mention this to the vet so they can be sure to inspect those areas as well. The vet should also check your cat’s ears carefully since cats with dermatitis often experience secondary infections due to their constant scratching at their skin. Finally, they’ll examine the eyes to ensure that there are no signs of discharge or other problems there.

Treatment Of Dermatitis

Treatment Of Dermatitis

  • Use a shampoo that is designed to treat dermatitis.
  • Shampoo at least once a week and avoid harsh shampoos, as they can dry out your cat’s skin even more and cause more irritation than needed.
  • Use a gentle cleanser or moisturizing shampoo on your cat’s skin; this will help heal their skin and make them feel better overall
  • Aloe vera is also great for healing irritated or inflamed skin due to its anti-inflammatory properties so make sure to look for these ingredients when you buy any type of product (shampoo or otherwise) for treatment purposes

Preventive Measures For Dermatitis

  • Keep the skin moisturized. The best way to prevent dermatitis is to make sure your cat’s skin stays hydrated. Use a gentle moisturizing lotion on your kitty every day, even if it doesn’t seem like her fur needs it.
  • Clean the litter box regularly. Cats with dermatitis often have skin irritations that are caused by bacteria or fungi in the litter box – so make sure to clean it once a week and replace the litter every month or so
  • Keep bedding clean and dry. Make sure that you wash any blankets or pillows used by your cat at least once a week in hot water, which will kill any germs lurking there before they spread onto her sensitive skin

Although the causes of dermatitis in cats are unknown, you can take some preventive measures to keep the condition from reoccurring.

Although the causes of dermatitis in cats are unknown, you can take some preventive measures to keep the condition from reoccurring.

These include keeping your cat’s coat clean and dry, keeping the cat’s nails trimmed, keeping the litter box clean, keeping your home free of allergens like dust mites and pollen (you may have to wash your sheets more often), keeping your environment free of allergenic substances such as dander from dogs or other animals (if you have pets) or mold spores (if you live in an older house), maintaining a healthy diet for him to help boost his immune system and reduce stress levels.


In conclusion, although we don’t know exactly what causes dermatitis in cats, we can take some preventive measures to keep the condition from reoccurring. If your cat has been diagnosed with this skin condition and would like more information on how you can help them get better, please contact us today! We have many years of experience treating animals of all kinds and are here for you when it comes time for questions or concerns about your pet’s health needs.

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