How to soothe itchy skin in a cat

Updated April 17, 2017

If you ever find your cat endlessly licking, scratching --- or meowing for your attention, but nothing seems to be wrong ---she may be suffering from itchy skin. It is important to treat your cat's itchy skin as quickly as possible, as her tendency to over-groom such areas can develop into severe sores. Several actions can be taken to treat itchy skin on your cat.

Hydrate your cat by providing clean water for it to drink constantly. Fill a bowl with fresh water in the morning. Refill the bowl if cat food or any other unwanted objects fall into the bowl. Cats like clean water sources just as much as humans, and they will be more likely to drink throughout the day if their bowls are full and clean. When a cat is consistently hydrated, their skin will maintain moisture and be less itchy.

Shampoo and condition your cat. Be sure to use shampoo and conditioner that is made for cats. Cats lick their own coat, therefore ingesting everything that is on it. Using bath products made specifically for cats is imperative to their health. Wet the coat of the cat gently before applying the shampoo. Lather the cat's coat and rinse. Apply conditioner and rinse until the coat is clean.

Feed your cat the Indian herb, Neem. Neem sooths itchy skin. It is available at vets and pet stores. Apply the Neem, in lotion or oil form, by spreading over the cat's coat. Cats dislike the taste of the herb, so it will also keep them from excessively licking or chewing on itching parts of their coat.

Feed your cat omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The fatty acids help to reduce itching and is one of the rare supplements that cats love to eat. Find pet versions of these fatty acids at your local pet store or order online.

Brush your cat regularly to prevent itching. Consistent brushing minimises the chances of any irritants affecting your cat. Make sure the brush you use has dull, plastic bristles to avoid cuts. Use your cat brushing time to look for any irritated areas the skin.


Look for small spec-sized insects on your cat's coat. If you see one, and they jump away, it is a flea. Refer to the warning below if this occurs. If your cat's coat appears to be deteriorating in addition to itching, the cat may have mange. See a veterinarian immediately.


If these remedies do not seem to relieve your cat of itching, take them to the veterinarian to check for parasites. Fleas, mites, and other unwanted creatures can not be eliminated with only the above solutions. In this case, you will likely need to treat your home with parasite-killing chemicals in addition to treating your cat.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Shampoo for cats
  • Conditioner for cats
  • Omega-3 fatty acids for pets
  • Omega-6 fatty acids for pets
  • Brush with plastic bristles
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Kevin Smith has been writing professionally since 2007. He has published material in "The Guilfordian" and online at Smith also works as a photographer, videographer, substitute teacher and sculptor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and visual art from Guilford College.