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Cat is licking himself and has scabs.

Species: Cat
Breed: taby mix with a whit
Age: 1-2 years
My cat is licking him self till he bleeds and it's getting so bad that he has scabies down his neck.




Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

Sorry to hear that your cat is so uncomfortable!

There are a number of things that can cause a cat to have scabs and be itchy. Here are some possibilities:

  1. Fleas - Even if you can't see fleas, this would be the first thing I would treat for. Some cats are so allergic that even one bite will set them off. The most common areas to see itchiness with fleas are on the back over the base of the tail and the back of the neck. If you treat for fleas be sure to use a vet approved product such as Revolution.Pet store products do not work for fleas.

  2. A skin infection - If this is the case usually you will see little pimples that turn to pustules and then rupture to cause scabs. If it is an infection then Toby will need antibiotics prescribed by a vet. Creams will not work.

  3. Eosinophilic Ulcer - We don't know what causes these but we believe it is some type of allergy. Cats who have these will have a large scab and sometimes more than one on their skin. They usually need to be treated with a steroid shot from the vet.

  4. Food allergy - This is not very common but can cause scabs and itchiness.



Ultimately it sounds like she should see a vet.

Hope she feels better soon!

Dr. Marie.

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