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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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My cat has been scratching a lot and cleaning herself more

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My cat has been scratching a lot and cleaning herself more rigourously than normal. I've tried 'Spot on' flea and tick repellent although i can't see any evidence of these. She is getting herself into really awkward positions to try and get to the places she can't easily reach. She is long-haired and although i try to groom her she doesn't tolerate it for very long.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Hi there,


How old is she?

What does she eat?

Indoor kitty?


When did you use spot on?









Customer: replied 7 years ago.



Thanks for your prompt attention.


She is around 6.5 years old, always lived indoors. I feed her felix normally, although i have tried almost every brand. Her eating habits haven't changed since the scratching started - i also give her dry treats, normally the go-cat brand. She only drinks water, as she doesn't seem interested in milk.


I only used spot on yesterday, but the scratching has intensified over the last few days prior to using this.


Many thanks


Dear friend,


I am sorry your girl has this trouble. Scratching can be caused by parasites, underhydration or allergies.


In the future use advantage as Spot on is not very reliable.


Offer her tuna or salmon water to drink.


Feed more canned than dry food:



You can give her one quarter of a chlor-trimeton every 12 hours for allergies:


If she is high strung try a feliway plug-in:

Please let me know how she is doing.


I hope she is better very soon.


Warmest best wishes,



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