Mystery scabs around my cats tail and anus

by Nancy
(London, England)

My 8 year old cat has recently developed scabs around her tail and anus and is licking and biting them like mad- they seem to be very itchy.

Although there were no signs of her having worms I gave her a worming tablet a week ago and I thought things had got better. But now she is itching more than ever and making the sore bits much worse. Apart from the scabs she is in good health- not off her food and using her litter as normal.
I cant find any mention of such symptoms. Do you think its serious or just her recovering from worms. If its serious of course I'll take her to the vet, but they are so expensive that I'd rather work out a cure myself if I can

Any help would be greatly appreciated



Answer from Kate

well yes it could be symptoms left over from the worms. The worming tablet should kill off the worms inside but some of them will still be passed through her feces and could cause irritation, causing the cat to scratch and cause scabs.

I would wait a few more days to give the worm tablet time enough to work and also perhaps for the scabs to heal themselves. If they remain or get worse or seem to be causing your cat distress then it would be worth checking with your vet as there are other skin conditions which can cause scabs.

i have a web page about skin issues which you may find of further interest here

best wishes KAte

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