Sometimes the owners notice sores on the cat’s back. Often, wool falls out in shreds, and the animal becomes nervous, constantly itches, loses its appetite and sleep, and ceases to enjoy life. What to do in this case? Start by looking for a reason. Based on it, you can quickly cope with the disease.
What can mean sores on the back of a cat
There are several causes of sores on the back of a cat. The most common:
- Fleas, biting a pet, leave wounds that, although tiny, can be very itchy. The animal combs the affected areas, which exacerbates the situation. The risk of infection is not excluded, which leads to the formation of sores. Fleas are the most common cause of such troubles.
- Allergies can also cause sores in cats. It can provoke food, household chemicals and hygiene, dust, smoke, etc. In addition to skin lesions that itch, there may be other symptoms - lacrimation of the eyes, nervousness, digestive disorders, coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge. Quite often it provokes an allergic reaction, taurine, which is part of some cat foods.
- Ringworm. The sores with it have a characteristic appearance. This is not a rash, not nodules, but spots with bare skin of a pink color, eventually covered with brown dry crusts. They disappear over time when the animal combs the sore. As a result, the wound becomes wet, often bleeding, and very annoying pet. It is common for ringworm to spread rapidly and capture all large areas of the body of an unfortunate animal. Its other name is dermatophytosis (dermatophytes are fungi that cause the disease).
- Demodicosis is made if a cat has sores on its back along the ridge. Mites provoke the development of this pathology, which, falling under the skin of a pet, begin to destroy the dermis by their vital activity, and as a result, serious lesions appear. The disease is considered dangerous. May result in death of the animal. It is not treatable in advanced stages.
Of course, with all these diseases, sores can appear not only on the back of the cat, but also on the skin of the neck, ears, head, tail and other parts of the body. However, their development often begins precisely from the back.
What actions to take?
Sores on the back along the spine of the cat (as in other places) can not be ignored. Help the animal is necessary. It all depends on the cause.
If the owner is sure that the cat is attacked by parasites, and the sores are caused precisely by their bites, the animal should be treated for fleas. Today, there are enough funds on sale to help solve the problem quickly. The wounds themselves can be treated with an antiseptic to prevent infection and speed up the healing process.
If you suspect that skin problems are the result of an allergy, you can try to reconsider the pet's diet. However, it is not always possible to guess which product caused the reaction, and time is running out, and the cat needs to be treated. Therefore, it is better not to risk it, but immediately show the animal to the veterinarian. He will take the tests, determine the irritant and tell you how to deal with the cause of the sore.
This also applies to other situations where a lesion on the back is similar to lichen or demodicosis. Do not engage in amateur performances. Professional diagnostics are needed, and then serious treatment. It often involves the use of antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial drugs.
Only competent expert advice, complex therapy and the caring hands of the owner can quickly alleviate the condition of the cat and eliminate sores without consequences.