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How to Diagnose and Treat an Itchy Cat

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Websites like EntirelyPets and 1-800-PetMeds offer a variety of solutions for an itchy cat. If your cat has been displaying signs of skin discomfort and you are unsure what the cause might be, take a look below to help you diagnose and treat your itchy cat:


Fleas are by far the most common reason for itchy skin in pets and fortunately they are easy to diagnose and to treat. If your cat has a bad case of fleas, you will be able to notice them quite easily with just checking around the inside of the hind legs or around the ears (anywhere the fur is thinner is a good place to check). If you do not notice any fleas at the first glance, wet the area of the cat you want to check. Once the hair is soaked and the fleas notice the dampness, they will begin to move and become more visible.

Treating Fleas

To treat fleas, you have many options. You can choose the shampoo method, powder or even flea collars. If you are trying to treat fleas, shampoo and powder are the best options for results. A flea collar is great for prevention and control of the flea situation. You will also need to treat the area in which the cat lives. If it is an indoor pet, this means your home will need to be treated as well.

Food Allergies

Certain foods can cause allergic reactions in cats just as they can in humans. There is no real understanding as to why certain foods can create itchy skin, but some experts say it is a chemical reaction from the preservatives or additives that are found in the foods. To diagnose your cat properly for this issue, you will have to create home cooked meals or other diet foods and feed only those to your cat for several weeks to see if the itching subsides.

Atopy: Dermatitis and Other Allergies
Just as humans can be stricken with afflictions such as asthma, eczema and psoriasis, cats can have similar disorders that can cause them discomfort and the reasons are very mysterious and often untreatable. There may be an issue with fleas that created the skin disorder, particles in the air that caused an allergic reaction or even the cat's diet that caused symptoms. Trying to diagnose these problems can be tough and treating them even tougher.

Treatment of Atopy

You can change the cats diet, remove any dust allergens from the home, and offer fatty acids and antihistamines to the cat for comfort. In many cases, the cat will need corticosteroids to help alleviate the symptoms.

Insect Bites

There are other insects that can attack your cat's skin besides the common flea. If your cat is itching in one spot, check that area for any swollen skin or red marks to indicate there may have been a bite. Use insect repellent to ward off any attackers.


Ear mites are fairly common among breeding colonies and usually manifest around the ears but also around the rear end of cats as they sleep curled up. Harvest mites are tiny orange dot sized mites and are usually found between the toes and around the ear flap.

Treatment of Mites

There are several topical solutions for treating mites. There are ear drops for those infesting the ears and shampoos for the ones that seem to have taken over certain areas of your cat. It is suggested to treat the home if the cat is an indoor cat as well.

Fleas are still the most significant cause to an itchy cat, but you have to ensure that you look at all reasons and ask your vet to properly diagnose the feline for the best results.



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