Q. WHAT ARE SCALY PATCHES ON THEIR BACKS NEAR THE TAIL, I HAVE SEEN THIS FOR THE SECOND TIME ON A CAT AND NEVER GET AN ANSWER FROM THE COUPLE VETS I HAVE
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Scaly patches of skin near the tail may be an indication of possible external parasites (such as fleas) cats may scratch or chew at this area in an attempt to relieve itching which could lead to scaly or irritated skin. Treating for external parasites can help. Skin infections may also cause a similar appearance especially if your cat has chewed or scratched at the area excessively. Preventing licking and chewing of the area if excessive with the use of a T-shirt or Elizabethan collar can help, as well as a vet checkup as needed.
Dry skin from too often of bathing or even changes in temperature (such as exposure to dry, cold air) may also happen. A soothing pet wipe or shampoo that includes aloe or oatmeal may help to soothe irritated skin and decrease flaking and dryness.