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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.

Cat Skin Diseases and Symptoms

Cat Skin DiseasesCat skin diseases have many causes. The first step in diagnosing and treating cat skin diseases is for your veterinarian to examine the cat and classify the skin problem. Just like people, cats can have rashes, lesions, and cysts, to name just a few cat skin problems. Symptoms of cat skin diseases include a dry, dull coat; loss of hair; irritated, red skin; flaky dry skin; bumps or lumps; scabs or scaly patches; excessive scratching.