Your cat could have a chronic cat skin illness called stud tail if it is always seem to have greasy spots at its tail base. Supracaudal gland hyperplasia or tail gland hyperplasia is the medical term for this illness. The supracaudal gland is a unique gland found at the tail base that releases sebum. Sebum is a substance that is oily that lubricates the coat. This keeps the fur shiny and soft. Oftentimes, the glands produces too much oil, which leads to a coat and skin that’s greasy.
According to Aimee Simpson, a medical director at VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia, a cat with stud tail will have matting of oily secretions, crusts, and hair that are found at its tail base.
If the condition of the stud tail is severe, a skin bacterial infection could also happen. This might result in draining tracts and pustules. Also, it could cause hair loss and blackheads on the skin. Oftentimes, an unpleasant odor is accompanied by a stud tail. Make sure to keep your cat's bed clean as bacteria can form there.
The first thing you should do is to bring your cat to a vet. If the vet diagnoses stud tail, medication or special shampoos might be included for the treatment. For uncomplicated condition, topical cure with medicated shampoos that contains phytosphingosine, salicylic acid, sulfur, benzoyl and peroxide could be utilized. Neutering may help avoid the condition from happening again in the future if stud tail is diagnosed in a cat that isn’t neutered. Regularly keeping your cat groomed can also help from preventing bacteria buildup. Our wide range of grooming tools are perfect to keep your cat purrrty and clean!
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