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Q. long haired persian black cat no fleas - but will scratch until he has scabs and then will bath himself until he throws up

A. Obviously your kitty is itching terribly. If you do regular flea control, then it is unlikely that he has fleas, however if you do not do any flea control, it is quite possible that there are fleas on him and in his surroundings. He could also be suffering from ringworm, which can be very itchy, but not always is. There are various other parasites, and bacteria and allergies or hypersensitivity reactions possible. You should take him to a vet for an exam and I am sure the cause can be found and remedied.

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DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

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A. Obviously your kitty is itching ble. The best is to take him for a terribly, If you do regular flea control, then it is unlikely that he has fleas, however if you do not do any flea control, it is quite possible that there are fleas on him and in his surroundings. He could also be suffering from ringworm, which can be very itchy, but not always is. There are various other parasites, and bacteria possible. You should take him to a vet for an exam and I am sure the cause can be found and remedied.

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DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

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A. If you don't notice any fleas on your pet then this sounds like a hypersensitivity reaction or allergy. Cats can have seasonal and environmental allergies just like dogs. In this case over the counter anti-histamines don't measure up and will most likely not help your kitty. I recommend taking him to your vet so that they can examine the skin. If there is an infection to the skin an appropriate antibiotic can be prescribed and then a good treatment plan for the itching. I like to use steroid shots in cats that are otherwise healthy. Vomiting in an otherwise healthy looking cat is suspicious for a possible food allergy here. I would recommend open up the lines of discussion with your vet about potential food allergies and some options that he/she can prescribe for your pet. Royal Canin and Hill's Science diet have great food options for cats with suspected food allergies.

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DESTINI R. HOLLOWAY, DVM

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