The more you know about how to take care of your cat, the better you’ll be able to help her. Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent your furry friend from experiencing skin aging.
I have been doing research on cat skin care for years, so I feel that I’m qualified to give some advice. If you keep reading, you’ll learn about:
The 6 most common types of feline skin aging (and what causes them)
How to prevent each type of feline skin aging from occurring in the first place (hint: diet plays a big role here)
How to identify which type(s) of feline skin aging your cat is experiencing (this will help you better understand her medical needs and allow you to come up with a treatment plan that addresses her specific needs)
Here’s a quick summary of my findings:
The most common forms of feline skin aging are:
2. Dry Skin
4. Feline Skin Cancer
5. Dark Spots
6. Feline Skin Discoloration
7. Dried Out and Cracked Feline Paws, Nose, or Lips
How to Prevent these 7 Types of Feline Aging:
1. Wrinkles – Feeding a good diet and grooming your cat will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but they’re not going to disappear completely and that’s OK, wrinkles are just part of being a cat and part of the aging process. But there are some things that can be done to help your kitty look younger than their actual years. If you’re looking for natural ways to decrease the appearance of wrinkles in an older cat, then try using aloe vera gel on their face daily after bathing or in place of a moisturizer 2 times a day. This will help hydrate their skin and help smooth out those fine lines and wrinkles that give your furry friend that old, tired look.**
**Dry Skin – Keeping dry skin at bay is an important step in preventing wrinkles from forming on your kitty’s face and body, so be sure to keep them well
Feline skin is susceptible to all kinds of aging, including sun damage, dryness, dullness and dehydration. The most common causes of aging in a cat’s skin are genetics, the environment, diet and stress. Here are six types of feline skin aging and how to prevent them.
The types of cat skin aging and how to prevent them:
1. Brachycephalic Syndrome
Brachycephalic syndrome is related to the shape of your cat’s face. The short, flat faces of Persian and Himalayan cats make them more prone to upper respiratory problems. These breeds can also display other symptoms related to their facial structure, such as a nose that appears too small for the size of the cat’s head; it may seem as if the mouth is too large.
Breathing troubles are common in brachycephalic cats. In addition to snoring and breathing through the mouth (which can cause drooling), these cats may have trouble regulating their body temperature because their compressed noses make it difficult for them to cool themselves by panting. They may also have difficulty getting enough air into their lungs, which can lead to chronic fatigue or weakness.
Because Persian and Himalayan cats are considered so “cute” by many cat lovers, they are overbred and often end up in animal shelters or being abandoned once they reach middle age. Many people don’t know what constitutes a healthy Persian or Himalayan cat, and those who do don’t realize how much work these cats require as they get older.
2. Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Your cat’s skin is the largest organ on its body, so it’s vital that you understand how to properly care for it. The truth is, many cat owners don’t do enough to ensure their feline friend’s skin stays soft and supple. We’ve put together a list of the top six common ways your cat can develop premature aging in its skin and what you can do about it.
Treat Your Cat to a Healthy Litter
If your kitty spends most of its time lounging around, chances are it will have less of an opportunity to get the exercise it needs to stay fit and healthy. Exercising helps with circulation in all parts of your cat’s body, including the skin. A healthy diet also contributes to healthy skin, as well as good digestion and a strong immune system. Talk to your vet about what kind of food is best for your cat and how much exercise is appropriate based on its age and weight.
10 Interesting Facts About Cats
There are six common types of cat skin aging. Three are genetic, and three are environmental. The three genetic types are the result of dominant genes passed down from your cat’s parents, while the environmental types result from a variety of external factors.
Two of the genetic types of cat skin aging – scaley and greasy – are not an issue for most cat owners because they appear only in cats with a recessive gene from both parents.
The remaining three types – leathery, turkey-like and greasy bumps – can be prevented by avoiding certain factors and treating others. By learning to recognize these signs of skin aging in your cat, you can take steps to maintain your cat’s youthful appearance.