Pets

Does your cat scratch a lot?

Seeing your cat scratch could be an indication of fleas, ticks, grass seed, or a skin condition. With my two cats, it can also indicate a grass seed or similar caught in the fur. During the summer months, both Tikki and Cassie come every day when I’m working and rub themselves against me, which is an indication that they want seeds removed from their tails or bodies. This action is quite different than when they just want attention or tell me that it’s time to finish the day’s work.

If your cat is unlucky enough to have a grass seed in his eye, take him directly to the vet. This is not something you want to deal with yourself.

Fleas can be contracted practically anywhere. Another neighborhood cat or dog would be the most likely culprits. If you find that your cat has a flea problem, check with your local pet store to see if a natural treatment is available. You don’t want to put chemicals directly on your cat’s skin through a collar or flea cream. These treatments can make your cat quite sick, and if you have a child who regularly strokes it, the chemicals can easily transfer to the child’s skin or mouth.

If your cat has a flea problem, wash all bedding in hottest water possible. Vacuum the house (preferably twice) and all the furniture your cat uses. Spray outdoor areas with a natural insect repellent and hose off as well.

You may need to repeat the above instructions for a couple of weeks to make sure the cycle is broken.

That your cat has fleas is one of the least joys of having a cat. Proper cat care to eliminate these pests isn’t difficult, and it’s really just one part of making sure your cat’s health is optimal at all times.

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