Feline Pyoderma

Feline pyoderma is a type of bacterial infection that is in the skin. More than half of these cases can be induced by the staphylococcus bacteria – but there are other types that can affect your cat. In order to know how to treat this problem you must first be able to recognize what type of infection they could be suffering from.

Impetigo

This is an infection that affects the dermis layer of the skin and is usually found in newborn kittens. It causes scabs, blisters, and purulent crusts that will start to develop when the kitten is two weeks old. These sores can contain pus and are usually located on the stomach. The cause of this is poor sanitation in the kitten box.

Treatment

To treat the problem and prevent it you need to make sure that place in which the kittens are being kept in is clean. There should be no food, dried debris, and stools. The scabs need to be treated with a diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide and washed with a type of surgical soap. You can then apply an antibiotic ointment. Your vet will need to prescribe antibiotics if the infection is severe.

Bacterial Folliculitis

This infection is contained within the cat’s hair follicles. It is usually linked with a more severe skin involvement – but is able to infect the cat by itself. When a group of hair follicles are affected by this bacterial infection it creates a carbuncle.

Treatment

With this type of feline pyoderma you need to be able to not only treat it – but also do what you can to prevent it from coming back. You may need to seek help from your veterinarian for advice on the best treatment that will help to treat it quickly and effectively. They may need antibiotics. When not treated right the infection will come back.

Acne

Acne is not just something that humans have to deal with – but also cats. It develops in the sebaceous glands that are underneath the chin and the edges of the lips. Extra sebum or keratin blocking the skin pores is what causes this infection. It is most common in cats that have oily skin. More severe types of it will cause the lower lips and the whole chin to swell.

Treatment

The best way to treat the acne in cats is to clean the area twice each day with an ointment that is made up of 5% benzoyll perozide chlorhexidine. If the excess sebum is causing the problem than you might need to use a tar and sulfa shampoo specifically for cats.