Q. Cat is 10 years old. She is acting not herself. She is having twitching of the back and ears. She hisses when back is rubbed??? What could be wrong?
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA
A. It is likely she has dermatitis of the skin of her back and or ears; the most likely underlying reasons are bacterial, fungal or parasitic infections. Skin scrapes and hair samples can be used to identify the underlying factors and guide treatment as regards parasite meds, antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Some anxious cats can also become habitual overgroomers and can cause irritation to the underlying skin (would expect to see short, broken hairs in affected areas)