My 8 year old neutered, indoor cat is having a problem with little "scab like" spots tight on the skin near the base of the tail, and spine mostly. Have not seen fleas. Fine tooth comb the scabs out, but they come back. What is his problem?
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 8
Name of Cat: Sasha
Combing and brushing.
Hello,I am sorry to hear Sasha is having some trouble. I would love to help I just have a few questions so I can better assist you.Is he itching?Is there any hair loss or thinning of the hair coat?Does he have any of these scabs on the neck or head?
Yes he seems to have itching, and his hair is thining. There are other scab spots on his body, but not so consentrated. He does go out onto a screened porch.
Thank you for the additional information .It sounds like what you may be seeing is a condition called Miliary Dermatitis. Click here The most common cause for this is flea bite sensitivity ( flea allergy). It is not uncommon to not see a flea especially in pets with an allergy and that is due to the fact that they are such good groomer. Also if there is an allergy to fleas then it only takes the bite of one flea to set off a problem.Other possible causes for this would be * Environmental allergies* Bacterial or yeast infection* Skin mitesJust to name a few.The first thing I would suggest is trying a good flea prevention Do not use over the counter products. If you do not see a decrease in itching in a few days after applying prevention then I would suggest having her seen by the vet so a few simply tests can be done on the skin to provide a proper diagnosis. I hope this helps, please reply back if you have additional questionsCandy
Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer