Have you started noticing with growing concern that your cat is beginning to scratch itself more frequently and aggressively too? If this is so, then your cat may be having a case of dermatitis. Cat dermatitis is a skin condition that arises due to inflammation within the skin of the animal.
This comes about when certain major systems within the cat’s body become destabilized. Also known as Feline Miliary Dermatitis, cat dermatitis if left unattended to, can create all sorts of problems for your animal making it important to be treated as soon as possible.
Purported to have lots of therapeutic properties beneficial for both man and animal, pet owners are beginning to lean towards CBD as a natural treatment option for dermatitis in their cats. In this article, we will take a look at CBD and how it can help with the treatment of cat dermatitis.
What is CBD?
CBD also known as cannabidiol is a cannabinoid compound produced in the hemp plant. It is known to produce desirable medicinal effects in users because of its ability to interact well with the endocannabinoid system in humans. This system is responsible for homeostatis or maintaining balance of bodily systems and processes.
All mammals including cats have also been found to possess this system. This makes it possible to work as well in cats as it does in humans. The endocannabinoid system is made of a group of receptors that CBD binds itself to create a reaction that positively impacts the system in the body that has become destabilized.
What is Cat Dermatitis?
Dermatitis in cats can be categorized into three forms. The forms arise based on the kind of allergens that triggers it. They include;
• Flee-Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) where a cat gets the skin condition due to allergic reactions from antigens caused by a flea bite.
• Atopic Dermatitis where the cat comes into physical contact without allergens from the environment like pollen, mould or grass.
• Food Allergy Dermatitis where certain kinds of foods trigger an allergic reaction in the cat.
It is possible that your cat may be allergic to one allergy and not the other. Attempting to find out which allergy your cat is allergic to can be tasking. By opening your eyes to the symptoms plaguing your cat however, you put yourself in a good position to treat the disease.
Signs and symptoms of cat dermatitis
Symptoms of cat dermatitis may vary from cat to cat. Usually it depends on what causes the inflammation and where it can be located on the skin. A couple of symptoms your cat may exhibit include;
• Aggressive scratching of affected/inflamed area
• Hair loss at affected area due to excessive scratching or due to the skin condition itself
• Affected skin may produce ulcers
• Affected areas may seep with pus or bacteria
• Affected area may become thicker and darker
How CBD can help manage your cat’s dermatitis
It has already been mentioned that the endocannabinoid system helps to maintain balance of body systems and functions. One such system is the immune system. Where balance of say the immune system becomes compromised then it means that the endocannabinoid system has fallen short somewhere. Let’s probe a little further.
When pathogens or allergens (in the case of cat dermatitis) are introduced into a cat’s body, the immune system goes on red-alert to fight these allergens. In its bid to get rid of the infection, the immune system sometimes overreacts, and releases a chemical inflammatory response which causes lots of redness and swelling on the skin of the animal.
In the case of cat dermatitis, balance of the immune system has been compromised due to the introduction of allergens, making it hyperactive.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is able to react with cannabinoid receptors of the endocannabinoid system found in the immune system to help restore balance to the system and reduce the inflammation. CBD can also help reduce pain that comes about as a result of the inflammation.
In cats CBD can be applied topically or you can also let the animal take it internally. CBD comes in creams, oils, and sprays that can be applied to the affected area. Again due to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, CBD can help mitigate any infections and prevent the disease from spreading to other areas.
CBD provides an awesome option for treating dermatitis in your cat. Do make sure you are buying from a reputable dealer though. You might also want to consult with your vet before beginning to use CBD on your cat. CBD is however harmless and is devoid of any side effects.