Since cats do not have the ability to tell us what brings them discomfort, determining a disease is not that easy. Therefore it is recommended to closely monitor the pet’s behavior as even the minor changes may indicate a hazardous condition. Quite often, the owners notice that the cat has an itchy back, but do not give the sign a second thought. That is a mistake. An itchy back in felines can be a manifestation of an illness.
The main cause is usually fleas. Even the most thorough checkup may not be enough to detect these parasites. Their numerous larvae infiltrating the fur coat of an animal cause it a terrible discomfort. It is next to impossible to detect them in a dark fur, since they look like tiny black spots.
Another reason that causes unpleasant itchiness in a pet is mites. It is also not an easy task to detect these parasites. They look like small bright spots that move rapidly amidst the hairs.
Demodectic mites are especially dangerous, as they are capable of provoking a complex disease, called demodecosis. The condition is contagious, so it is better to isolate the infected animal from healthy pets for some time and suspend daily outings. If you have reasons to suspect this illness, it is recommended to seek help from a veterinarian immediately. A common food allergy is also a possible trigger of itching. Introduction of new food or an abrupt change in the pet’s diet often leads to severe itching and rashes on the skin of a cat.
If the cat has an itchy back, it may be advised to watch the pet for several days. There are some additional signs that help to indicate health problems if there are any. Among the symptoms that may accompany itching, the most common are:
- constant scratching of the areas that bring discomfort to the pet (back, muzzle, ears);
- abundant hair loss (with demodicosis, baldness often appears on the back in patches);
- general deterioration of the skin;
- loss of appetite;
- anxiety (the animal moves aimlessly around the apartment, meows, refuses to play or contact with its owners).
Depressed immune system function can also provoke itching. This would usually happen after severe illnesses. Itching in cats, in this case, usually stops after the full recovery. If this does not happen, you should go to a specialist and ask for a vitamin complex to boost the immune system.
How to Soothe the Unpleasant Manifestations?
Fleas are the most common cause of the discomfort of a pet. If the cat scratches its back, special drops will help to cope with the parasites. A few treatment courses with breaks for one to two weeks will help to completely eliminate the problem of fleas. It should not be forgotten that the animal’s rug should also be subjected to processing. It may be also be advisable to conduct preventive treatment of any other pets living in the house.
Note!It is not recommended to try to eliminate ticks independently. Remember that only a veterinarian can prescribe an effective treatment in this case. Assessment may also be needed to determine the type of parasite. The procedure will help to prescribe optimal treatment and deal with the problem as quickly as possible.
If irritation was triggered by unbalanced diet, the owners will have to figure out the product that caused the complication. Be sure to exclude the allergy-causing food from the pet’s menu. Itching of the skin usually disappears within a few days. If this does not happen, be sure to pay a visit to the vet. Quite often allergies are caused by the bites of wasps, bees, even mosquitoes. Before looking for any treatment to eliminate the manifestation, it is recommended to carefully examine the back of your pet. If the itching is triggered by an insect bite, rinse the affected area with cool water, remove the sting if necessary, and apply a cold compress. Complete the procedure with some antihistamine drugs.
If the cat vigorously scratches its back, do not expect the problem to disappear of its own accord. Lack of proper treatment can lead to dangerous consequences that may bring serious damage to your pet’s health. It is recommended to contact a veterinarian as soon as possible and bring the cat for a checkup and to receive qualified assistance.