Itchy skin in cats
- Have you noticed your cat scratching more than usual? Do they constantly lick at certain parts of their body? Have they got red skin, alopecia, sores or stained fur?
- Itchy skin is a very common problem and can be caused by many different conditions, some minor and some more serious.
- Contact your vet if your cat has itchy skin - it’s a very uncomfortable problem that can make a cat feel miserable.
General information and causes
Most cats scratch every now and again, but excessive scratching indicates something is wrong. Itchy skin is a symptom of many different conditions including:
Symptoms of itchy skin in cats
Scratching/excessive licking isn’t normal if it happens regularly (more than 4-5 times day), and/or causes other symptoms such as:
- Alopecia (bald patches)
- Scabs or bumpy skin
- Self-inflicted wounds
- A rash/red skin
- Coat colour changes
- Dark, thickened skin
Beware, some cats scratch and lick in private - keep an eye out for secretive scratching!
Published: August 2020
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