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Q. cat is 14 yrs old
developed itchy skin/fur recently-more scratching/biting
always been in/outdoor
active/good appetite
won't eat natural skin meds

Answered By
DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

A. Your kitty may have been infected by mites or fleas. Inspect her fur very closely. If there are a lot of black specs around the area of the base of the tail it is likely flea poop. If there is thinning of hair around the shoulder , head and other places, it may be mites. As your kitty probably catches mice or similar wild animals who may be carrying fleas or mites, it can easily get infected. Check with your vet for flea prevention and a possible mite exam.


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