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Hey guys!

So im really curious about this... for the last 2 weeks (or more) my cat has been grooming herself extensively. She now is licking off the hair and causing irritation around the parts she's groomed. Like little bite marks on her belly and some on her leg. Then shes been scratching the top of her ear, taking off some hair.

Some people said its skin irritation, that she needs to change diet. And so I did (2 days later same thing)... Maybe thats too soon...

What should I do, or recommend?

She doesnt seem sick, seems her normal happy self. Just itchy.

Some say take her to a vet, some say no need...

Your advice?

Thanks!
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Hey guys!

So im really curious about this... for the last 2 weeks (or more) my cat has been grooming herself extensively. She now is licking off the hair and causing irritation around the parts she's groomed. Like little bite marks on her belly and some on her leg. Then shes been scratching the top of her ear, taking off some hair.

Some people said its skin irritation, that she needs to change diet. And so I did (2 days later same thing)... Maybe thats too soon...

What should I do, or recommend?

She doesnt seem sick, seems her normal happy self. Just itchy.

Some say take her to a vet, some say no need...

Your advice?

Thanks!
-Blake
Maybe your cat has itchy skin,and your vet could diagnose the cause and suggest anti itch spray?.
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Ah do cats usually itch that much till they clean their hair away??
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Anybody else has any idea??
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Anybody else has any idea??
Allergies,Parasites, nervousness(stress) ,Vet might help find some answer
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Hey guys!

So im really curious about this... for the last 2 weeks (or more) my cat has been grooming herself extensively. She now is licking off the hair and causing irritation around the parts she's groomed. Like little bite marks on her belly and some on her leg. Then shes been scratching the top of her ear, taking off some hair.

Some people said its skin irritation, that she needs to change diet. And so I did (2 days later same thing)... Maybe thats too soon...

What should I do, or recommend?

She doesnt seem sick, seems her normal happy self. Just itchy.

Some say take her to a vet, some say no need...

Your advice?

Thanks!
-Blake
Hi Blake--I would buy a flea comb (a metal come that's really close together. Comb through the cat's fur and look between the tines of the comb for little tiny fleas. If no fleas, the pet stores sell anti-itch spray that you could try. But as a precaution if I were you I would go to the vet and tell him or her exactly what you told us. It could be any number of things like parasites or worms. Is it an indoor-only cat or does it roam freely outside? If it goes outside there re any number of things it could have picked up. Let us know what happens and good luck
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The first thing to do is take your kitty to the vet. If she has a flea allergy, just one flea can cause this much irritation.

If a food allergy is the problem, it will take a few weeks for a food change to make a difference, but it will have to be a food that contains none of the known allergens in the old food, to know for sure. A food transition should be done very slowly, over a couple of weeks, or stomach upset and diarrhea can result.

Often, if a food allergy is suspected the vet will prescribe a special food called Hills Prescription z/d. This food is made in a special way with different proteins. If the kitty improves on this food, then the search for which ingredients are causing the allergies, begins, usually a long trial and error process.

The most common allergens for cats are chicken, beef, fish and wheat.

DO NOT use over the counter flea products or ANY over the counter products on or in your cat. Many are deadly, or at the very least can make your cat very ill.

How old is she? Have there been any changes in your household? New person or pet, or one less person or pet? Unusual activity, new furniture? Something outside that she sees from a window, upsetting her? Cats are very sensitive and something you might not recognize as a stressor could be causing trouble for her.

Feliway plug in diffusers and/or Rescue Remedy can help her cope with stress.

There are many things that can be causing this problem, from stress to Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex. Your kitty needs a check up complete with blood work before doing anything else.
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The first thing to do is take your kitty to the vet. If she has a flea allergy, just one flea can cause this much irritation.

If a food allergy is the problem, it will take a few weeks for a food change to make a difference, but it will have to be a food that contains none of the known allergens in the old food, to know for sure. A food transition should be done very slowly, over a couple of weeks, or stomach upset and diarrhea can result.

Often, if a food allergy is suspected the vet will prescribe a special food called Hills Prescription z/d. This food is made in a special way with different proteins. If the kitty improves on this food, then the search for which ingredients are causing the allergies, begins, usually a long trial and error process.

The most common allergens for cats are chicken, beef, fish and wheat.

DO NOT use over the counter flea products or ANY over the counter products on or in your cat. Many are deadly, or at the very least can make your cat very ill.

How old is she? Have there been any changes in your household? New person or pet, or one less person or pet? Unusual activity, new furniture? Something outside that she sees from a window, upsetting her? Cats are very sensitive and something you might not recognize as a stressor could be causing trouble for her.

Feliway plug in diffusers and/or Rescue Remedy can help her cope with stress.

There are many things that can be causing this problem, from stress to Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex. Your kitty needs a check up complete with blood work before doing anything else.
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