Why cats have trouble scratching, even if they want to!
Posted February 03, 2020 12:23:37 When cats are young, it’s normal to scratch them.
But, as the species matures, it gets harder and harder for the cat to scratch, says veterinarian Dr. James G. Cockerill of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
So why does the cat have such difficulty scratching its fur?
The furry creatures use their nails to scratch their bodies and ears, but also to scratch the surfaces of their fur.
This is an attempt to rid themselves of dirt and grime.
They also have a system called a scuff mark, a series of tiny scratches on the body of their cat that help to prevent infections.
Cats scratch their fur in order to help cleanse their bodies, but some are even going so far as to scrape their fur to make it more comfortable.
“Cats can be very good at scratching, but they can’t really scratch,” says Cockerills, who is also a veterinarian at the American Association for Pet Care.
He says that if a cat scratches a surface of their body that’s not covered with dirt, the cat may get a bit sore.
This could also be due to their body being used as a scratching surface.
“So what’s happening here is the cat is trying to clean its body so that it’s more comfortable and less abrasive to the skin,” says Gockerill.
“They’re not going to scratch on their own.
They’re trying to help them keep the skin dry, so they don’t get irritated.”
If your cat is scratching at a different surface, it may be because it’s trying to scratch at the wrong spot.
If it’s not at the right spot, it could scratch on the same surface, and that could make your cat scratch even more.
Cockersill says the cat’s scratch system can help prevent the spread of fleas and other diseases.
“The fleas can cause skin ulcers and it can lead to infections and skin abscesses.
So it may cause the cat discomfort or infection if it’s scratching on the wrong surface.”
How to prevent scratching Your cat may be scratching on a surface that’s too soft, or it may scratch the same area more than once.
If you’re worried about your cat scratching, use a scratching pad.
Catching fleas in your home or on your pet’s fur may help keep the infection from spreading, says Cockering.
He recommends a small scratch pad that’s a few inches (25 millimeters) in diameter.
If your pet is not a cat, use an extra small scratchpad that’s no larger than your finger or your thumb.
“Try to get the little finger or thumb pads to be at least about the same size as the rest of your cat’s fur,” he says.
“If the scratching area is too small, you might not be able to get a good grip on it.”
For some pets, the scratching may be so severe that their fur will be pulled out of their bodies.
This may lead to severe infections and even death.
“For some cats, the fur will come off of their paws, and the skin will go away,” says Dr. Gockerills.
“It’s pretty devastating to them.”
You can help your cat avoid these problems by removing all of the scratching material from the cat, says Gocking.
And if your cat has a condition called cataracts that causes the skin to be cloudy, you can also try applying a mask or using a creams and lotions that have been formulated to help prevent scratching.
If the scratching occurs during grooming, you may want to take your cat to the veterinarian to help with its grooming needs.
If a cat has an itch or rash, it will be painful to treat.
But it can be treated with topical creams, lotions, and medication, says Dr.-C.
Scott McNeil, veterinarian and director of the Center for Veterinary Dentistry at University of Minnesota.
“There are some creams that contain a lot of vitamin C that may help your pet scratch less.
It’s an antiseptic, so the cat will be able do that scratching less,” he said.
“You might be able treat the skin irritation and not really have any more problems.”
What if I have cats with allergies?
Cats that are allergic to a specific substance can also have trouble getting enough scratching to help their skin, says McNeil.
He suggests that you get a few different scratching treatments to make sure that your cat gets all of its scratching needs covered.
“That’s why we use different creams,” McNeil says.
Some of these creams include: Vitamin C cream (available at drugstores) or Vitamin C powder (available online) Vitamin C solution (available in most health food stores) Vitamin E gel (available over the counter in health food store) Vitamin K cream (sold at health food or pharmacy