Why Your Cat Keeps Scratching Despite Having No Fleas

Cat Scratching

Fleas aren’t the only cause of excessive scratching among cats. Here are other common causes, some of which may require a visit to the vet for further diagnosis.

Allergic Reaction

Itching could be caused by allergies. For cats, this may be due to various reasons such as insect bites or allergic reactions to certain types of food. Think back and remember if you might have introduced a new food to your cat. If your cat has been spending some time outdoors then it may also be worthwhile to do a close examination of his body in case he has been bitten by insects aside from fleas.

Constant scratching may also be a sign of skin allergies such as atopic dermatitis. This can happen when a cat is allergic to things in the environment, such as pollen, dust mites, and mold. In addition to the constant scratching, cats with atopy may also display symptoms like constant grooming and rashes.

Presence of Parasites

Your cat might also be scratching constantly due to the presence of certain parasites. Fleas aren’t the only pests to bother cats. Other common parasites include ear mites and cuterebra.

Sign of Excessive Boredom

In some situations, excessive scratching and licking might actually be a sign of boredom and anxiety. Your cat might not be living a fulfilling life so one way for him to try release stress is by scratching himself all the time. Please be sure to dedicate enough playtime and attention to your cat every day.

Disclaimer: The content on MyPetChild.com is for informational purpose only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian when in doubt.

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