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My cat,Princess, is always scratching. She is an inside cat. She does not have fleas. I do let a sweet feral in my house( been doing it for years)....she lets me put flea meds on her and does not have fleas either.....hardly ever see her scratching! I treat Princess monthly with a topical even though she never goes outside, just in case.

Sometimes, after Princess is done scratching, I see tiny black specs on the floor. Could she possibly have flea dirt even if there are no fleas around ? How can I tell the difference between flea dirt and dry skin? Should I see a vet?
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Flea dirt turns red when wet. Comb her out, put the flecks on a piece of white paper and dampen it. If it turns red it's flea dirt.

Black specks from scratching sounds more like flea dirt, skin fakes would be white. It sounds like you have a very serious flea problem.

Fleas don't live on the cat, they jump on to feed and lay eggs, then jump off.

yes please take the cat to the vet. What topical are you using? I don't think it's working.
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I just don't get it. This cat never goes outside...3 years.

I can't imagine that I have a flea problem. No bites on me. Known others that had fleas in house... none of their problems.Other cat in house...doesn't do this!

I use Advantage or Frontline.
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What does the vet say?

What is her diet?

Did you do the flea dirt test?
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From my point of view, you need to look her any good vet asap.
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