Though rare, cowpox can sometimes be found in cats that hunt. It’s a viral infection and more often seen in kitties that catch small rodents such as mice or voles. A lowered immune system can make it easier for the virus to develop and become severe. If your fur baby is a hunter and frequently catches small rodents it’s possible she could get cowpox.
The virus enters the skin from bite wounds and quickly develops into small lesions on the head or paws. In most cases, they heal on their own within a few weeks, but sometimes intervention is needed. Your vet will carry out a few tests including a biopsy to determine if it’s cowpox.
Though cowpox is an infection, the chances of it being passed to other pets is low. All the same, you should isolate your infected kitty until it clears up, just to be on the safe side.
Non-contagious skin problems
Sensitivity to a food ingredient may cause skin problems with your cat just as it can with you. Signs include itchy red patches or lesions. In addition, your cat may be grooming excessively or pulling out fur. Though this could possibly be the reason, your vet will need to carry out a few tests. Testing for food allergies in cats is hard and your vet may well prescribe hypoallergenic food if he or she feels it’s a food allergy. You’d need to avoid all treats for at least 4 weeks to see if there’s any difference, and that isn’t always easy!