How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Cher Your Own Question

Cher
Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 18300
Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
Type Your Cat Question Here...
Cher is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

my cat keeps scratching herself and its not fleas. what ever

Resolved Question:

my cat keeps scratching herself and its not fleas. what ever it is i can't see it. possiblys mites or lice. what can i do to get rid of it. will frontline work.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 5 years ago.
Hi,

Does your cat go outside at all?

Is she currently on a monthly flea preventative, like Frontline or Advantage?

Is she scratching all over, or only in particular areas?

Is her skin red and irritated or scaly looking at all?

Thanks,
Cher
Customer: replied 5 years ago.

she's strictly an indoor cat

 

has been on frontline but not in the last few monthes

 

mostly scratching around the neck but licking all over

 

skin looks ok but shes only been scratching for the last few days

 

i have another cat but he dosen't seem to be affected. she sleeps on my bed and what ever it is it has been itching me as well

Expert:  Cher replied 5 years ago.
Hello again, and thanks for your reply with helpful information.

Even though you see no fleas, it's possible that she could have fleas, brought in on the pant legs or shoes of a human. Some cats are highly allergic to flea saliva, and one bite can cause a body-wide reaction.

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/flea-allergy.html

Because you say she seems to be most affected around her neck, she could have ear mites which do fall out and adversely affect the skin/fur on the surrounding area, mainly the neck.

http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/earmites.html

As you supposed, mites or lice are possible, and an evaluation by the vet, ASAP, would be a good idea, as she may also have allergies. Because you say she sleeps with you and you're itching as well, it's more likely that this is an external parasite problem.

http://www.petplace.com/cats/sarcoptic-mange-in-cats/page1.aspx

I recommend starting her back on the Frontline, and see if that makes a difference. If she has fleas, it will kill all adult fleas within 12 hours. If she's still itching, a vet visit will be necessary.

For the moment, you can give her a bath with warm water and a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid (original) or any name brand you have in the house. Rinse well with clear water and towel dry. You can also give her 1/4 tablet of a 25 mg. Benadryl to ease her itching, but it's always best to first consult your vet before giving any over the counter medication.

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/diphenhydramine-benadryl/page1.aspx

I hope your furry girl (and you) are feeling more comfortable, very soon!

Cher
Cher, Feline Specialist
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 18300
Experience: Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
Cher and 5 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
< Last | Next >
  • The response from the Expert literally saved my cat's life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart -- I will recommend all of my friends to you!!! Lucia Rincon, Georgia
  • I will use your service again. I was very pleased with the response and the fact that you have a low cost option so that those of us on fixed income can have questions answered. I will also recommend you to others. Karen Jackson Heights, NY
  • You helped us to come to what we believe is a better next step in Jack's treatment, and hopefully have saved us $800!! Thanks again! Jack's Mom Tuscon, AZ
  • The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful. Tracy Grayson, LA
  • My oldest male cat had a seizure this evening. This site was the first place I could think of to go after the seizure had passed. Dr. Lucy was fantastic and she was spot on! Debbie USA
  • I must tell you I found this site by accident and was amazed when I asked a question of the Veteranians online. I wish I could have found it sooner it could have made such a difference in the outcome of my pet's surgery. However, I am passing along the information to my sister-in-law (a cat-rescue person who is also a nurse), and perhaps it will help someone else who may experience the same problem. The doctor who answered my question was amazing, and while it didn't come it time to change the outcome of my situation, it is reassuring to know the caliber of Vets/Doctors that you have at JustAnswer. Thank you for being there. Alice H. Jacksonville, Fl.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Terri's Avatar

    Terri

    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    18676
    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/purrfectkitty/2008-07-10_084515_2006-06-10_me2.jpg Terri's Avatar

    Terri

    Feline Healthcare Expert

    Satisfied Customers:

    18676
    Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    806
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CE/Cerecita/2011-3-16_2565_JAPIC500x500.64x64.jpg Cher's Avatar

    Cher

    Feline Specialist

    Satisfied Customers:

    9398
    Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/kydoll/2008-11-26_190500_me.jpg Lori's Avatar

    Lori

    Feline Healthcare

    Satisfied Customers:

    3322
    16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/mccprn/2009-11-20_185102_JA_profile.jpg Micki's Avatar

    Micki

    Expert in cat behavior and health

    Satisfied Customers:

    3153
    Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy R.'s Avatar

    Candy R.

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    2778
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    2123
    19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician