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Is there any treatment to alleviate my cat scratching. She

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Is there any treatment to alleviate my cat scratching. She has been 'de-fleaed'
but still continues to scratch.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. If you get a request for a phone call, it is from the website and not myself. There is not much you can use over the counter that is effective for controlling itching in cats, especially moderate to severe itching. Benadryl may help, but it is often hard to get cats to take it and can sometimes cause cats to be agitated and hyperactive. The best option for controlling itching is prednisolone. It is a steroid that comes in liquid form. I usually prescribe a decreasing dosage for 2-3 weeks to get the itching under control. Your vet can prescribe that for you. If the hair loss is around the base of the tail and rear end, you can be 99% sure it is flea related even if you don't see them. Nothing else causes problems in that area. Cats groom so fastidiously that they often consume the fleas. Plus only a few fleas may be running around on them at one time. Only 5% of the flea population are adult fleas that you can see. She may even have an allergy to flea saliva,

which can persist after getting rid of the fleas. I would keep her on a good flea preventative monthly. You can also try oatmeal bathes and fish oil supplementation, but they probably won't completely control the itch on their own. They are more supportive treatment. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I was just following up to see how Rosie is doing and to see if you have any further questions.