Fleas can cause allergies that can make your cat itch severely. Itchy skin can cause your cat to scratch, bite and lick her skin until it becomes raw and inflamed. If your cat has itchy skin from fleas, there are many simple ways to help treat and relieve her discomfort.
Give your cat a monthly flea-preventative medication. Apply the topical treatment between your cat’s shoulder blades to eliminate fleas. There are many over-the-counter flea medications to choose from, or you can talk to your veterinarian about prescription-strength medications.
Relieve your cat's itchy skin with a citamin C supplement. Vitamin C works as a natural antihistamine in high doses. Mix 250 mg of supplement into her food two or three times a day for several days to provide itchy skin relief. Always talk to your veterinarian before giving your cat supplements.
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.
Wash your cat in cool water with some colloidal oatmeal shampoo. The gentle shampoo and cool water will help control and relieve her itchy skin. Rub a moisturizer or emollient on your cat after her bath to give her skin some added moisture that will help reduce itching.
Alleviate your cat's itching with an antihistamine like Benadryl. You can purchase Benadryl over the counter at your local drugstore. Consult your veterinarian about the proper dosage for your cat.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
- If your cat’s itchy skin does not improve after a few days, take her to the veterinarian. The veterinarian may prescribe some antibiotic creams or medications to treat her itchy skin.
Based in Statesboro, Ga., Emily Jones has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in the diverse topics of cleaning and insects. Jones is a graduate student studying education at Georgia Southern University.