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What is Skin Rash?

The skin is the body’s first line of defense against the hazards of the outside world. When a potential invader comes in contact with the skin, such as a bacteria or fungus, the immune system fights back, sending specialized cells to the point of impact. However, when the body reacts to a substance, the body has an inflammatory response and often results in an allergic reaction. Skin rash in cats is a highly pruritic condition that commonly affects the underbelly, feet, nose, ears and mouth of a cat. The underlying cause of skin rash in cats can be caused by a variety of factors, making the substance difficult to pinpoint.

Skin rash in cats is an overreaction of the immune system to an otherwise harmless substance. Skin rash in cats, also known as feline contact dermatitis, is caused by direct or indirect contact with an irritant, or allergenic substance.

Symptoms of Skin Rash in Cats

Skin rash in cats will cause a notable reddening of the skin. The area affected will be irritated, pruritic (itchy), and inflamed. Common areas affected by skin rash include the cat’s anus, abdomen, toes, ears, and chin, as there is not much fur to protect the skin from the irritating substance. Additional symptoms linked to skin rash in cats includes: 

  • Papules 
  • Blisters
  • Vesicles
  • Thickening of the skin
  • Dandruff
  • Scratching
  • Biting of the skin

Causes of Skin Rash in Cats

Skin rash in cats is a result of a feline coming into direct or indirect contact with a substance. The immune system mistakenly takes one of these harmless substances as an intruder and releases a chemical response to the skin, resulting in an allergic reaction. Skin rash in cats can be caused by either an irritant or allergenic substance. 

Irritant Skin Rash Causes

  • Chemicals
  • Solvents
  • Topical medications
  • Detergents
  • Soaps
  • Perfumes
  • Plastic
  • Fibers 

Allergenic Skin Rash Causes 

  • Insect bites
  • Foods
  • Mites
  • Fleas
  • Medications
  • Plants
  • Bacterial or fungal infection 

Diagnosis of Skin Rash in Cats

Diagnosis of a skin rash in cats will require a review of the cat’s medical history, plus a great deal of communication between the pet owner and the veterinarian. Pet owners will be required to tell the veterinarian when the symptoms were first noted, where the cat spends most of her time, and what the pet owner suspects could be the cause of the skin rash. Any new additions to the home such as furniture, deodorizers, or carpeting should be noted as textile materials could be the root of the problem. Changes the pet owner has made to the cat’s food, medications, preventative flea/tick treatments, and even a new collar or food dish should be taken into consideration. 

In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the veterinarian may choose to perform a patch test. A patch test is a simple test in which the veterinarian will take a sample of the suspected irritant and tape it directly on the cat’s skin. The substance will remain on the cat’s skin for a duration of time, then removed for assessment. If a rash appears underneath the taped substance, the skin rash substance has been pinpointed. If the tape test proves ineffective, the veterinarian may ask the client to remove the feline from the suspected irritant. He/she may also ask the owner to monitor the cat’s daily activities and daily diet to see if they can detect any possible causes at home. 

If the underlying cause of the skin rash remains undetected, the veterinarian may move on to perform an allergy test on the cat’s blood serum, conduct a bacterial culture, or perform a skin biopsy. 

Treatment of Skin Rash in Cats

Once the underlying cause of the skin rash has been pinpointed, the feline will need to be removed from that substance immediately. The doctor may bathe the feline with specialty shampoo to remove the particles of the substance from the skin and apply a topical corticosteroid to the cleansed skin to relieve symptoms. The best treatment option for skin rash in cats is to remove the irritating substance from the feline’s environment, but if the substance cannot be removed, therapeutic treatment will likely be prescribed.

Recovery of Skin Rash in Cats

The prognosis for a cat with skin rash varies from feline to feline. Some felines’ immune response balances out over time and the substance no longer causes the feline to develop contact dermatitis. However, other cats simply have an over-responsive immune system and pet owners may find more than one substance causes their pet’s skin to break out in a rash. The best way cat owners can keep their cat’s skin rash under control is by following the management and preventative program established by their veterinarian.

Skin Rash Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Giamo
Atypical American Wirehair
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Baldness

I just noticed my cat has a like a rash above his paw, but I'm not sure it's it's a cut and it dried up but his hair is gone in that spot. I'm not sure what it is, I touched it and it's hard

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
470 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Giamo, I can't comment on what is happening to his skin on his paw, but possible causes might be ringworm, parasites, allergies or bacterial or fungal infection. It would be best to have him examined by your veterinarian, as they can look at it, do any testing needed, and prescribe an appropriate medication to resolve it, if that is possible. I hope that everything goes well!

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Mistchief
DOMESTIC
9 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Redness itchy

Medication Used

Had two injections

My short hair domestic cat (Mistcheif) has a severe dermatitis looking rash on her base of tail that leads up on her lower back. We have taken her to a vet and she has no fleas no nothing. The vet could not tell us what it is but gave her 2 injections which if anything have made it worse. I have 2 questions. 1. What do you think this could be? 2. How do you think she got this? We are very worried about her as it is getting to the point where she bites her base of tail violently and it becomes red and raw. We have put a e-collar on her and it helps but It's not getting any better and I fear if we keep the e-collar on her for more time she will get stressed and depressed. HELP PLEASE

-Celest and Tanya

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
470 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Mistchief is having this problem. Unfortunately, without seeing her, or knowing what medications she has had, I'm not sure what might be causing this. It is somewhat common for cats to have flea allergies, and even if you never see a flea, all it takes is for one flea to bite them and they can have a hypersensitivity type reaction to the saliva of the flea. So, if she isn't on flea control, even if you don't see fleas, it might be a good idea to have her on that every month. Since the treatment that your veterinarian gave didn't help, it would be a good idea to follow up with them, or get a second opinion, as sometimes the lack of a response to medications that should have helped can give a clue as to what might be going on. I hope that she feels better soon.

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Minx
Black and white mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

My cat has a rash around her mouth that she keeps itching and causing sores. I can't afford to take her to a vet right now so I need to know what I can do for right now.

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
470 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining Minx, I can't diagnose her or suggest anything that might help. She should see a veterinarian. There are a number of clinics that offer a 'free first exam', and you may be able to locate one of those that you can visit. I hope that she is okay.

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Missy
Short hair domestic
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

what can I do to get rid of this rash on my cat's stomach is it possible to put any cream on it. I took her to the vet they gave her pills but the pills are not helping she still has a rash I got her a comb for her neck she's just still irritating it by

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1967 Recommendations
It really depends on the cause of the rash; a rash appearing on a cat’s abdomen may be due to infections, parasites, allergies, hormonal conditions, autoimmune disease, poisoning, chemical irritation among other causes. Without knowing the underlying cause, I cannot give you any specific treatment as the treatment varies according to the primary condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beckett
short hair
About 6 or 7
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

No symptoms of notice.

My cat has what looks like a small rash or cut on his lower neck. Wonder what could it be? The cut or rash is white in the middle ( like pus) and around is red and rough.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1967 Recommendations
If there is a cut on Beckett’s neck, you should keep an eye on it and bathe it twice daily with a dilute antiseptic; however, if there is a white spot in the middle it may be worth having your Veterinarian take a look at it to determine whether it is something that needs treatment (draining etc…) or a wait and see approach. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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sandy
Domestic longhair
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

chewwimg and licking

My cat has these rashes on her back and she licks them a lot I have spray to put on them for cats for itching ringworm and all that stuff but it doesn't seem to be helping and they look like they might be hot spots they're very hot and moist you to the touch is there anything that off the counter that I can bathe her in or is there some kind of ointment that I can put on them till I can get her to a vet

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1967 Recommendations

There are many different types of skin lesions which may occur in cats. If it looks like a hot spot, try cleaning it with 3% chlorhexidine and apply some regular Neosporin. But it would be best to see your Veterinarian as there are many different types of skin lesions which may require different treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Isabella
Persian
6 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Meowing looking at me , hiding her head wont let m

I have a Persian cat Bella who is about 6 yrs old, I also believe that someone is putting something on her, she is always happy go lucky, very attached to me. She does not like this man, loves everyone else, what can i do if i can't afford a vet?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1967 Recommendations

If you suspect that someone is putting something on Bella and she has a skin rash, it would be best to bathe her with mild soap and to keep her indoors so she doesn’t roam and come in harm's way. I know it seems unfair to keep Bella indoors if she is used to the outside but unfortunately for all the animal lovers in the world, there are some people who like to harm animals; when I was a Government Veterinarian taking care of Animal Welfare, I saw the worst of humanity in what some people did to animals (general abuse, puppy mills, dog fighting, cock fighting and the list goes on). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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