Relief for Itchy Cat Skin

Itchy cat skin is a symptom of parasites, irritated skin or internal diseases. Relieving the itchiness is important to keep the cat healthy. Itchiness causes hair loss and bacterial infections due to the constant licking, biting and scratching.

Steroid Ointments

Steroid ointments are applied to irritated and itchy skin. The cream will ease these symptoms, but you need to find the condition causing them, to make sure the symptoms don’t reoccur.


Itchy skin can be a primary symptom in cat allergies. Antihistamines can be administrated to manage allergic reactions. In severe cases, steroids may also be introduced.


If the itchiness is caused by parasites such as fleas or ear mites, you can eliminate these with insecticides or special formula shampoos.

Give your cat a flea collar to prevent the re-infection with parasites.


A yeast infection is caused by fungi. The fungi cause extreme itchiness. The infection can be relieved with antibiotics; however, the skin should be treated with some topical ointments until the antibiotics start to be effective.

Natural Remedies

A tincture with a mixture of herbs can relieve itchy skin. The solution contains extracts of dandelion, horsetail and spirulina mixed with salts. Sprinkle your cat’s skin with a few drops of tincture. The tincture can also be added to the cat’s bathwater.

Other natural ingredients that are efficient in soothing itchy skin include chamomile, violets, arum triph or cina.

Diet and Supplements

Diet plays an important role in the skin and coat health. A cat with an imbalanced diet has dry skin and a dull coat, and the skin will often be itchy.

Additional fatty acids such as omega 3 and 6 can be added to improve the cat’s skin health. Fish oil is a rich source of fatty acids. Vitamin E, D and selenium supplements should also be considered for a healthy looking fur.

If your cat has a food allergy that causes itchy skin, the diet should be changed for life.

Regular Grooming

Brush your cat gently every day with a comb or soft brush. Regular grooming will allow you to keep an eye on your cat’s skin so you can detect any skin problems such as abrasions, rashes or infections that may cause itchiness.

Choose a wide toothed metallic comb to remove dirt and dead hairs, and a brush with natural bristles for a relaxing massage. Make sure the bristles are not sharp, and don’t scratch the cat’s skin.


Hydration is extremely important in keeping your cat’s skin healthy. Encourage your cat to drink water, by offering a fresh water bowl (you can change the water a few times per day).

Bathe your cat. Put him in a sink or bathtub with a bit of lukewarm water and a towel underneath to avoid slipping. Use gentle shampoos; certain shampoos can irritate the skin. Rinse well, as shampoo residue can also cause irritation.

There are several remedies for itchy cat skin, and finding the suitable one starts with detecting the cause of the irritation.

Diet and hygiene is equally important in preventing and maintaining the cat’s skin, and keeping him hydrated and healthy.