Getting Rid of Your Cat's Itchy Skin
The causes for itching are many, including fleas, dandruff, or even allergies. But regardless of the cause, itchy cats make for rude unfriendly pets. Help Ms. Scratchy Cat out with a homemeade dip of rosemary, peppermint, or pennyroyal (these are especially helpful for itching associated with flea). Just be careful when using essential oils, as . You could also try a tea bath with catnip or aloe to soothe your cat's skin.
Apply some aloe vera gel to your cat’s skin to soothe and heal her itchy skin. Aloe vera gel contains natural enzymes and antioxidants that reduce skin irritation and relieve itchy skin. You can find aloe vera gel at your local health food store.
One of the ways that you can attempt to treat itchy skin on a cat at home is to . These acids can help to decrease inflammation in the skin, while also hydrating skin. This can help prevent itchiness that is caused by dandruff or dry skin and soothe itchiness caused by skin conditions and allergies. It is important to note that you should not feed cats vitamins or supplements designed for humans. As such, you don't want to go to a drug store or vitamin store and pick up a bottle of fish oil pills to give your cat. They contain way too much for a cat to take at one time. Fortunately, many vets and pet stores sell fish oils that are safe for cats and dogs. Always follow the dosage instructions based on your cat's weight.The last way you can attempt to treat itchy skin on a cat is to . Simply mix one part unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with three parts water. It is important to dilute the apple cider vinegar or it can sting or burn your cat's skin. Additionally, this mixture should never be placed on open sores or cuts, as it can sting. You can then place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it directly on your cat's skin or put it in a bowl and use a cotton ball or cloth to apply the mixture. Apple cider vinegar helps to kill bacteria and germs that may be causing skin conditions, while also hydrating the skin and soothing itchiness.It is also important to note that some cats simply will not take a bath. If your cat won't and only has a few itchy patches, you can boil hot water on the stove and soak a few catnip sprigs in it. After it has cooled to room temperature, dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply it directly onto the affected areas of your cat's skin. This may be much easier if your cat will not take a bath.Food allergies are a common cause of itchy skin in cats. Most food allergies are caused by corn, wheat, soy, yeast, potato and beef. To determine the exact cause of the food allergy, a food elimination trial should be performed. In this trial, you will feed your cat a specially prepared diet for 30 to 60 days. After this time, one food from his previously fed diet should be added every 2 weeks; this will enable you to pinpoint the cause of the food allergy. The special diet should consist of 50 percent protein, 25 percent vegetables, and 25 complex carbohydrates as well as ½ teaspoon olive or flaxseed oil. Suggested foods can be found by following the link "Home food for cats and dogs" in the resource section. You can modify your cat's diet using the foods listed and continue to feed your cat this diet as long as you wish.One of the most common causes of itchy skin in cats is fleas. Many cats are allergic to fleas and can experience intense itching with just one flea bite. When faced with a flea problem, it is important to remember that flea control requires a three-step approach: the cat's body, the indoor environment and the outdoor environment. Diatomaceous Earth, a mineral dust, is an excellent flea killer that can be used safely indoors and out. Make sure to purchase "food grade," which is designed to be safe around mammals. Spread this over your entire yard; you will want to repeat the application after a heavy rain. Inside, you can sprinkle small amounts around your cat's bedding and on carpets. Just vacuum the area after a couple of days. For fleas that are on your cat, purchase a good quality flea comb and comb your cat daily. Place a small amount of liquid dishwashing soap in a cup of water, and scrape the fleas collected on the comb into the solution. Baby shampoo works well as an all-purpose shampoo for your cat. Allow the shampoo to remain on your cat for several minutes and rinse thoroughly.Fungal infections cause itchy skin. To check cats for the most common ringworm fungus, a special black light called a Wood’s lamp is used to screen the coat, then a culture is taken of potentially infected hairs. The culture can take up to two weeks to grow. Malassezia is a yeast infection that can be found on the skin and may be seen when ear swabs or skin impressions are examined microscopically. Fungal infections are treated with antifungal shampoos, dips, mousses and oral medication.