03/20/2012 04:52 pm ET Updated Mar 23, 2012

Cat Health: Fur, Skin Questions About Your Pet Answered

From Nora Zelevansky for Vetstreet.com

If kitties could talk, what would they say? “More pets on the belly, please!” Or maybe: “Bring on the catnip!”

All kidding aside, if felines did speak our language, it would certainly help us out when it comes to their health care. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t read their needs from physical cues.

According to veterinary dermatologist Dr. Alice M. Jeromin, DVM, the state of a cat’s skin and fur can be a clear indicator of certain health issues. So Vetstreet asked the expert to interpret 10 common observations about our feline companions.

If you have a kitty who shows any of these signs, keep in mind that skin and fur conditions can have many causes beyond what's listed here. So if you notice anything unusual about your cat's skin or fur, the best thing to do is to make an appointment to see your veterinarian.

Questions about cat skin and fur

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