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When cats scratch: causes of itching


If your cat scratches unnaturally frequently, you should check where the itching comes from. Various causes are conceivable: It can be inflammation, but parasites such as ear mites can also cause severe itching in the four-legged friends. You can find out more about this here. Cat scratches ear - what is the cause? Image: Shutterstock / Ermolaev Alexander

Like dogs or people, cats occasionally have to scratch themselves - especially on the ears. It is important that you as a cat owner make sure that your fur nose does not scratch excessively, as this could possibly mean something more serious.

Symptoms: Detect itching in cats

Scratching is completely normal in cats. However, if your house tiger experiences severe itching, the behavior takes on unnatural forms. In the worst case, your cat will scratch bloody. Then at the latest you should see a veterinarian immediately.

But there are also previous signs that you can tell that something is wrong. Cats like to lick and nibble in the affected areas.

In the case of itching on the ears, the four-legged friends often shake their heads to get rid of a foreign body. You should also recognize that the cat's ears are constantly opening as a symptom of unpleasant itching.

Cat often scratches: Various causes

Itching in cats can have different causes. Often it is infections or parasites such as fleas, worms or mites that cause a cat to scratch heavily.

Allergies to feed or dust can also be the cause. For example, if the itching only occurs in certain seasons, a seasonal event such as the pollen count can also be the reason.

Autoimmune diseases and metabolic disorders, for example as a result of a hormonal imbalance or a deficiency, are also conceivable.

If your cat has itching, you should not hesitate to see a veterinarian. The causes are many. Finding them out is like doing detective work. For this reason, appropriate investigations are necessary. The treatment of the itching depends on its cause. What are these? Here is an overview of all of them:

  • parasites
  • allergies
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Metabolic disorders

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Cat itches her ears: why is it?

When itching affects cats, the ears of the four-legged friends are often affected. An initially relatively harmless cause of itching at this point can be excessive ear wax. A look into your eavesdropper's eavesdropper reveals the problem: you can see a greasy, often dark coating. To prevent inflammation from developing, you and your cat should see a veterinarian who thoroughly cleans the cat's ear. You can also carry out the treatment yourself. However, you should definitely let the veterinarian show you how to do this and provide information on the right means of cleaning the cat's ears.

If it already smells unpleasant from the ear, an inflammation has probably already occurred. See a veterinarian for professional ear cleaning as soon as possible to prevent a worse condition. He will likely also prescribe ear drops to treat the animal to relieve the itching.

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Itching caused by ear mites: Caution: danger of infection!

Particularly severe itching in the ears in cats can be caused by ear mites. The parasites are also responsible for ear infections in around half of all cases. Infested velvet paws often find itching so uncomfortable that they not only scratch their ears, but also rotate in a completely uncoordinated manner.

This applies to freelancers more often than domestic tigers. The reason: the parasites are easily transferable from animal to animal. But not only that: the ear mites in cats can also be transmitted to humans. If you recognize a black and crumbly secretion in the ears, this can be a clear sign of ear mites.

See a veterinarian as soon as possible to rid your cat of the parasites and uncomfortable itching on the ears on one side. On the other hand, quick treatment reduces the risk of the parasites spreading to other parts of the body, to other animals or to family members. It also reduces the likelihood that your velvet paw will soon be infected again.

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  • person

    15-04-2017 16:04:45

    Barbara: Hello Mr. Arsenault. I strongly believe that Pika has a feed allergy. Unfortunately, cats are allergic to food much more often than you think. The most common is allergy to "beef". I would leave it out. But for weeks, not just once or twice. If it is not, I would give anti-allergic food for at least 3 weeks and ONLY THAT !! This is not cheap and the kitty will complain, but no pardon! You won't get it any other way! Then: Slowly feed different types of feed. First "chicken". Can you feed another variety? Etc. The moment she scratches again, you know what the allergy is against. In general, I would make sure that there is NO SUGAR in the feed. One should not believe how many types of feed sugar is in, especially in discount food. That makes bad kidney problems in old age. Kidneys are the weak point of cats anyway, so why add a second harmful factor ?! In general, you should get to work and read what is actually in the food. The best is the food that is "exactly broken down", that is to say "30% chicken, 26% rice" etc., and where there is 100% !!! This is really good, pure food without "dirt". What is more expensive is saved later at the vet! And one last thing: If a beef allergy turns out, you also have to avoid foods that only say "meat and animal by-products", because that contains beef waste. Avoid "liver flour" for dry feed - beef !!! Just be careful when buying feed !!! Please write what happened, I would be happy to report abuse
  • person

    26-03-2017 11:03:46

    ChristianAr: Hello my cat Pika (domestic cat) also shrugs head and fur on the back and constantly scratches the ears. Am with her to the TA she has no fleas, mites or other parasite ears are TOP said the TA but she had inflamed teeth / gums thought then that is because the teeth were made after general anesthesia. Now after 2 weeks no improvement she continues to scratch the ears I don't know what else to do. If anyone has any advice or the same problems I would be happy to answer them. Mfg Pika :-) Report abuse
  • 16-07-2013 15:07:38

    nadinelau35: Interesting article. My cat often scratches his ear. However, I never really thought about it. Maybe I should have it checked. Report abuse