Cat Itchy Skin Causes and Remedies

Cat Itchy SkinWhen dealing with cat skin problems, the most obvious sign is a cat over-grooming, biting, or scratching. Some hair loss may occur just because of constant scratching. So, what gives a cat itchy skin? While the most obvious answer is fleas, there are other signs to look for.

If what gives a cat itchy skin are not the tiny parasites Ctenocephalides felis (the common flea), it can still be caused by other parasites.

Mange in cats is caused by another parasite too small to see with the naked eye, Notoedres cati. The areas of skin affected by feline mange become scaly and itch, and spread of infection comes with patchy hair loss. The dog mange, Sarcoptes scabei may also pass from an infected dog to a cat, but this mange usually does not sustain on a cat for long.

What may give a cat itchy skin around its ear is another parasite, the ear mite. Cat ear mites infect the ear canal, feeding on wax and oils. Their presence causes irritation, scratching, and head shaking. With infection, the mites can bring other forms of skin disease. When dealing with possible ear mites, it’s best to have a vet make certain it is in fact ear mites and not another type of ear infection or skin illness.

When a cat has dandruff, this can be a simple issue of dry skin. Try bathing, and then brushing the cat’s fur regularly, and see if that gives the cat itchy skin relief. If it persists, speak to a veterinarian for other possible causes, such as allergies to food or fleas. Even if no fleas are present on a cat, a cat with flea allergies can react to a previous bite long after the flea is gone.