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Reasons for Neck Scabs on Cats

Miliary dermatitis (flea allergy)–your vet has oral or liquid anti-flea medications that kill fleas as soon as they bite your cat. As soon as neck scabs disappear, you could put a flea collar on your cat to see if it keeps fleas from re-infesting your cat. Although cat flea shampoos are available, most cat owners know the perils of trying to give their water-hating feline a bath.

Why does my neck itch so bad?

Ear mites, lice and other skin parasites–any type of parasite crawling around your cat’s ears, face and upper shoulders could make her scratch her neck and surrounding area. Lice and ear mites cause intense itching so if you notice your cat crazily scratching her neck and ears, she could have one or more skin parasites other than fleas. Topical and/or oral medications are prescribed by vets for skin parasite infections.

Seasonal allergies–cats can develop allergies to grass, trees, mold and pollen just like their owners. Neck scabs accompanied by frequent sneezing, clear nose discharge and watery eyes may indicate a seasonal allergy, which can be treated by vet-prescribed diphenhydramine.

Food allergies–cats with food allergies not only have neck scabs but often have thinning or hair loss on their stomachs and neck. Vets treat food allergies by removing certain foods from your cat’s diet for a while to see if your cat’s health improves. Cats are commonly allergic to seafood, dairy products, beef, soy and corn.

Stress–as all cat owners know, their finicky felines are sticklers for routine, order and quietness. When something changes in their environment, some cats may become stressed and scratch incessantly simply because they are anxious. If your vet rules out parasitical infestations and allergies, your cat may need to take a benzodiazepine, a safe, effective medication that reduces fear responses in cats and helps gently calm them.

Do I have to go to the vet?

How Vets Diagnose Neck Scabs and Skin Problems in Cats

Veterinarians are pretty knowledgeable when it comes to pet health and can usually inspect your cat’s neck scabs visually to make an accurate diagnosis. When vets are uncertain about what is causing feline neck scabs, scrapings of your cat’s scabs may be taken and examined under a microscope. In addition, individual hairs plucked from your cat’s neck may also be evaluated via microscopic examination. Skin sensitivity tests, bacterial cultures, skin biopsies and complete blood count tests are additional diagnostic tests used to discover why your cat has neck scabs.

Home Care for Cat Neck Scabs?

If neck scabs are caused by fleas, you might be able to take care of the problem yourself by giving your cat a flea bath and using a flea comb daily. However, since some neck scabs are allergy-related, you probably should take your cat to the vet to ensure Kitty receives proper treatment for quick relief of the itchies.

I don’t itch anymore. Good night!

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