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Stretchy, Saggy, Painful Skin in Cats

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This condition is incurable, and the prognosis for cutaneous asthenia is not good. Many pet owners choose to euthanize their pets in respect to the chronic pain the pet may be suffering, and the time spent treating chronic wounds. Households with other pets, or with children, make prospects of further injuries more relevant, since animals that are afflicted with this condition must be segregated from situations that can cause injury. Other animals can injure the affected animal, even through innocent play, and children may unintentionally pet the animal with too much vigor, causing the skin to tear. If you choose to keep your pet, it will have to be the only pet in the home, or completely isolated from other pets. You will need to keep its environment free of sharp corners and other hazards, and arrange sleeping and resting areas so that they are well padded. To prevent large skin tears, you must handle and restrain your cat carefully, and always inform visitors of your cat's condition so that accidental injuries are not an issue.


Cats should be declawed to prevent self injury, and any situation that might cause your cat to feel itchy should be avoided (e.g., insects, pollen, allergies from new foods). Needless to say, neutering is essential. This is not only to prevent passing the mutated gene, but because of injuries that can occur during mating. The inherent lack of collagen makes pregnancy impossible.


Living and Management


Lacerations, and even minor cuts to the skin should be repaired as they occur to avoid risk of infection. Antibiotics, both external and oral, should be kept in the home for treating your pet as needed. There has been some evidence that Vitamin C can be helpful for improving the skin, and is now typically recommended for owners who have decided to manage their cat's disease. Checking with your veterinarian before administering anything to your cat's skin may be wise. Skin patch tests can be performed to make sure that your cat does not have an allergic reaction to the topical solutions you are considering.



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