Fleas, mites, and lice are by far the most common cause of scabs on your cat. Regardless of whether your cat is allergic to bug bites, fleas and other blood-sucking pests can lead to scabbing and bleeding after they bite your pet. If you notice scabs on your cat, immediately check your cat for any type of parasite.

How do I get rid of scabs on my cat?

Warm Towel Wrap. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest. A warm towel wrap will reduce any itching your cat may be experiencing and soften the scabs themselves. And if there’s less itching, your cat is way less likely to scratch themselves raw and open up those healing scabs.

What does miliary dermatitis look like on cats?

What are the symptoms of feline miliary dermatitis? Red, crusty bumps, especially around the head, neck, and back, often with intense itching. Hair loss. Scratching.

Why does my cat have scabs but no fleas?

There are a number of reasons why your cat may start developing scabs, from ringworm to mange. However, if your cat stays indoors all day, the most likely cause is a condition called “miliary dermatitis.” This condition is generally caused by an allergic reaction and forms an extremely itchy rash.

Why is my indoor cat covered in scabs?

These scabs are often referred to as miliary dermatitis, a term that was coined because the scabs look like millet seeds (see handout “Miliary Dermatitis in Cats” for more information on this skin condition). “This reaction is an allergic response to proteins or antigens present in the flea’s saliva.”

What is a home remedy for cat dermatitis?

If your pet has itchy skin, this concoction of 50/50 water and ACV spray can help relieve your pet’s skin allergies or irritation. This home remedy can also be used in a bath format. Fill up a small container with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar and soak your pet’s paws in it.

What can I give my cat for miliary dermatitis?

Your veterinarian may prescribe a short course of anti-inflammatory drugs such as corticosteroids to make the cat feel more comfortable and reduce the constant itching while the specific treatment takes effect. Other treatments may include antihistamines, essential fatty acids, and cyclosporine (brand name Atopica®).