If your cat has a skin condition, they will often start grooming excessively. You can tell it is "excessive" grooming if their skin becomes red or irritated, bald patches start to appear in their coat or if their fur is stained by licking. This excessive grooming is your cat’s reaction to feeling itchy. There are a number of reasons they might feel this way. Some of these are about what’s happening around them, others are more to do with what they are eating.
Cats being allergic to something in their environment like pollen, dust mites or sometimes even clothing is a common cause of skin conditions. They often begin as a seasonal problem in spring and/or autumn, but can sometimes become a year-round issue.
Fleas, mites such as ear mites or mange mites, and lice are just some of the parasites that can infest your cat. They all have slightly different signs of infestation but they all make your cat very itchy – especially if they develop an allergy to fleas.
ADVERSE FOOD REACTIONS
Cats with an adverse food reaction may be allergic to that food. This causes their immune system to react. However, they may instead have a food intolerance which is caused by either an inability to absorb or digest what they’ve been fed – in other words it’s not that they’re allergic to it, their bodies just aren’t equipped to process it.
WHAT CAN I DO?
If you think your cat has a skin condition, the simple answer is visit your vet. They’ll conduct a thorough physical examination to identify what the cause is and how to treat it. A lot of the time, these conditions can’t be cured but can be effectively managed through a mixture of diet and medication.