(Crusty Areas Produced by Scratching)
scratching, and licking along the back, around the tail and
hindquarters. Fleas or black and white gritty specks in hair (flea
feces and eggs).
Head Mange Mites (Scabies):
Intense itching around the head, face, neck, edges of ears. Hair rubbed
off. Thick gray to yellow crusts. May be complicated by pyoderma.
Walking Dandruff (Cheyletiella
Mange): Tremendous amounts of dry scaly dandruff over the
back, neck and sides. Mild itching.
and severe skin irritation between the toes, around ears and mouth.
Look for barely visible red, yellow or orange chiggers (larvae).
Ear Mites (Ododectes):
Head shaking and scratching at ears. Excessive brown waxy or purulent
material in ear canals.
Ticks: Large insects
attached to skin. May swell up to pea size. Often found around the
ears, along back and between toes.
Two-millimeter-long insects or white grains of sandy material (flits)
found attached to hair. Found beneath matted hair in poorly kept cats.
May have bare spots where hair rubbed off.
Soft-bodied legless fly larvae found in damp matted fur. May be
complicated by pyoderma.
Food Allergy: Severe
itching over the head, neck and back, Swelling of eyelids. Often
complicated by hair loss and oozing sores from constant scratching and
(See Yeast Problem
Feline Miliary Dermatitis:
Small bumps and crusts around the head, neck and back felt beneath hair
coat. May be associated with fleas. May he complicated by pyoderma.
Irritant Contact Dermatitis:
Red itchy bumps and inflamed skin at site of contact with chemical,
detergent paint and so forth. May have scales and hair loss.
Allergic Contact Dermatitis:
Appearance similar to contact dermatitis, but rash may spread beyond
area of contact.
Inhalant Allergy (Atopic
Dermatitis): Appearance similar to feline miliary
dermatitis. May have symmetric hair loss over body.