Cat

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Cat

My cat has little black specks all over her body that are ...

Customer Question
My cat has little black...
My cat has little black specks all over her body that are on her skin and will come off if I pick them off. But she does get frontline flea and tick medication and has had a bath and she still has them. I never see her itching or irratated either.
Submitted: 10 years ago.Category: Cat
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Question
Answered in 4 hours by:
1/12/2008
Cat Vet: ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse replied 10 years ago
ERAnimalNurse
ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 2,302
Experience: 16+ years of veterinary experience
Verified

Hi,

Sounds like your kitty is well cared for! These black flecks may not be flea dirt. Lets do a test. Take some of these black flecks in your hand and drip some water on them. With your finger rub them around in the water. If they turn red, they are flea dirt and it will be necessary to adjust your flea medication. Frontline is very safe, and you can apply it as often as every 2 weeks if needed. If that makes you nervous, or you don't want the expense of applying that often, you may want to switch to another flea preventative, such as feline advantage or revolution. Also be sure that you are applying the product correctly (you probably are but just in case). Part the hair down to the skin on the back of the kitty's head (not too low or on the nape of the neck because kitty can lick it off) and apply the entire contents of the tube to the skin. It is best to apply product before going to work or bed so you don't pat it off. Avoid bathing for at least 3 days after application. If you want to bathe the kitty before applying medication, wait until she is completely dry before application.

Your cat is 8 and is now considered geriatric :(. There are some illnesses that can effect major systems and that also includes her skin. Hyperthyroidism, Diabetes, and Kidney disease are the three major illnesses that afflict older kitties. These conditions can cause sufficient changes to bring about skin conditions. A comprehensive blood and thyroid panel can help diagnose the above mentioned illnesses. Your vet can advise you on how to manage what is going on.

Ringworm is a fungal infection which can lead to hair loss and skin changes. This fungus is contagious to you and to other pets so an exam and fungal culture may also be in order.

Be sure that the shampoo you are using is for cats and not for people. The Ph levels in our skin is very different from the levels of cats skin and using the wrong shampoo could make her skin worse.

Cats can also have allergies. Allergies usually show up as skin issues insteat of runny eyes and sneezing. Your vet can evaluate your pet and advise you on a proper course of action if allergies are suspected. Most of the treatment involves changing the diet to a novel protein source (think rabbit, duck, venison). These diets are prescription only.

Best of luck to you and your kitty. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

ERAnimalNurse
ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 2,302
Experience: 16+ years of veterinary experience
Verified
ERAnimalNurse and 87 other Cat Specialists are ready to help you
Ask your own question now
Customer reply replied 10 years ago
I tested it and the specks didn't seem to change color maybe a little more brown? But they were really hard to rub off. I use the frontline the right way and I do wash with a pet/cat shampoo. I don't wash often just because she usually keeps herself pretty clean. She stays inside at all times and has had as far as I have seen fleas or ticks. She eats a raw food diet of turkey and chicken with some vegetables the brand is called "BRAVO". As far as Ringworm, I haven't seen anything that would look as if she has a parasite and there is no hair lose and it is spread throughout the entire body pretty evenly. Also she hasn't knowingley been in contact with ringworm. So is the only alternative to get blood tested?
Cat Vet: ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse replied 10 years ago

You are on the ball! I think that the next logical step would be an exam with the vet. You don't necessarily have to commit to an expensive blood panel at this time, but it could save you some frustration. On the other hand, it could come back completely normal (which could CAUSE some frustration). The only good thing about a normal blood panel (besides the fact that it is normal) is that now you have established baseline blood values. If kitty gets sick in the future, you have this blood panel to compare it to.

Cats are very similar to people in that their bodies (including skin) can undergo changes as they age. If your cat is not hugely uncomfortable and doesn't spend every waking second chewing on herself, if she is eating and drinking, then you can watch her and see what happens. I cannot think of anything else you can do at home to figure out what is going on, and I am frustrated by and sorry for that :(. I guess if you wanted to you could place an E-collar on her to prevent her from licking and pulling hair out.

Let me know if you have other questions....

Ask Your Own Cat Question
Customer reply replied 10 years ago
Like I said, she doesn't seem to be bothered by them I never she her making a fuss over them. So I guess I'll just have to save up for a blood test.
Cat Vet: ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse replied 10 years ago
Good luck with her!
Ask Your Own Cat Question
Ask ERAnimalNurse Your Own Question
ERAnimalNurse
ERAnimalNurse
ERAnimalNurse, Emergency Critical Care Nurse
Category: Cat
Satisfied Customers: 2,302
2,302 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 16+ years of veterinary experience

ERAnimalNurse is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

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

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!!!

LuciaRincon, 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.

KarenJackson 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 MomTuscon, AZ

The vet said that the information and my following it will be what made the difference. Thanks again for being so very helpful.

TracyGrayson, 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!

DebbieUSA

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

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Terri

Terri

Feline Healthcare Expert

21,715 satisfied customers

Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

997 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ

Cher

Cher

Feline Specialist

11,105 satisfied customers

Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience

Lori

Lori

Feline Healthcare

3,326 satisfied customers

16 yrs health care mgmt & issues relating to cats, reproductive issues and multicat environments

Micki

Micki

Expert in cat behavior and health

3,153 satisfied customers

Expert in cat medical and behavior issues.

Candy R.

Candy R.

Veterinary Technician

3,151 satisfied customers

Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer

Theresa

Theresa

A Voice for your Pet

2,125 satisfied customers

19+ years in animal medicine as a veterinary technician

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Questions
My roommate has a male cat that is scared of strangers and
Hi! My roommate has a male cat that is scared of strangers and pees on the couch … read more
Cher
Cher
Feline Specialist
Masters Degree
11,105 satisfied customers
My 10 month old male cat is acting strange. The other day he
My 10 month old male cat is acting strange. The other day he all of a sudden became skittish and scared of my husband and I. He is eating and drinking fine. But he is spending more time outside than i… read more
Dr. Kara
Dr. Kara
Doctoral Degree
5,384 satisfied customers
He is bathing continuously causing a few sores, and
He is bathing continuously causing a few sores, and scratches a lot causing some scabs. Vet didn't find anything. I wondered about mites now. I did get a calming diffuser, but don't think it is stress… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,049 satisfied customers
I have a boy and a girl cat. The boy cat is bossy to the
The boy cat is bossy to the girl. I keep hard food out all the time and she is afraid to get it. I give her some soft every day in the bedroom … read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
9,176 satisfied customers
My cat had some sort of an episode about thirty minutes ago.
Hello! My cat had some sort of an episode about thirty minutes ago. She went limp and rolled off my lap. I caught her but she was motionless with her legs tucked under her torso and was staring. I tho… read more
Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
Veterinarian
BA
1 satisfied customers
His pee is dark yellow and he is peeing on rugs. He is
his pee is dark yellow and he is peeing on rugs. He is sleeping a lot and drinking a lot of water. … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,452 satisfied customers
I have a male cat that has been fixed he is 12 years old..he
i have a male cat that has been fixed he is 12 years old..he eats fine he weighsabout 10 pounds..never had any issues except last year had his teeth cleaned and she siad he has a few teeth that look b… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
9,176 satisfied customers
I have a 13.7 year old neutered male shorthair tuxedo cat.
I have a 13.7 year old neutered male shorthair tuxedo cat. He has always liked to be the dominant cat around our house. He is an indoor outdoor cat. He likes to bird also. We try very hard to bring hi… read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
Private
21,715 satisfied customers
My cat my have eaten a 25mg benedryl. He is 22 lbs. He has
My cat my have eaten a 25mg benedryl. He is 22 lbs. He has vomited and is acting very agitated. He has also had some anxiety issues, he is overgrooming. Will this make his anxiety worse? He is breathi… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
She sneezed and it seemed like wetness came from her nose
She sneezed and it seemed like wetness came from her nose but she still wants to eat … read more
Dr. Gabby
Dr. Gabby
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,408 satisfied customers
My cat stopped eating and was vomiting Tuesday night, we
My cat stopped eating and was vomiting Tuesday night, we rushed her into the vets and they did some blood work. Her alt came back at 822. They gave her denamarin … read more
Dr. B.
Dr. B.
Veterinary Degree (BVMS)
3,452 satisfied customers
He isn't eating or drinking and gags at food. This started
he isn't eating or drinking and gags at food. This started after a cat fight. Vet checked him out no blood work. Said nothing wrong. … read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
Private
21,715 satisfied customers
My chook has a red swelling in her bottom. It is a chicken.
My chook has a red swelling in her bottom. JA: I'll do all I can to help. What sort of animal are we talking about? Customer: Thanks, ***** ***** a chicken JA: Maybe I'm confused. I thought you had a … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Where is the cheapest vet in or near 90025 to have my 25
where is the cheapest vet in or near 90025 to have my 25 year old PLUS cat put to sleep / 100.00 is more than I have/ ************@*****.***/or my landline phone ***-******* /please help me she has be… read more
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
Associate Degree
9,176 satisfied customers
My almost 4 month old kitten fell off of our stairs, so she
My almost 4 month old kitten fell off of our stairs, so she fell 2 stories. Her nose is bleeding and swelling … read more
Joan
Joan
Private
355 satisfied customers
My 5 year old girl cat cannot seem to clean herself. last
hi, my 5 year old girl cat cannot seem to clean herself. last year the vet said its common for fat cats. the reccommended I get an electric shaver and remove hair from her rear area for hygiene purposes. I bought the shaver but she wont allow this and i live alone so i cant do it by myself. I have tried to clean with wipes but this is sooooo difficult. Now she smells like a urinal and i know this cant be healthy. Please help. … read more
Terri
Terri
Feline Healthcare Expert
Private
21,715 satisfied customers
Has nasal pharyngeal polyp and I live in Laurel MD. I need
Has nasal pharyngeal polyp and I live in Laurel MD. I need to find a doctor that can do that procedure and s ventral bulla osteotomy si it doesn't come back. How much does this run? … read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My cat is 17 years old. She has been losing weight and has
My cat is 17 years old. She has been losing weight and has become jaundice. I took her to the vet and she had high liver enzyme levels. She was hospitalized for treatment a week ago. Alt is n at 841(i… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x