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Question DetailsAsked on 1/21/2015

My cat has a patch of fur that is very sensitive on his back. It is matted and he always acts crazy if you touch i

He is about five years old. We have had fleas before and he seems highly allergic. We do not have them now.

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So take him to the Vet ! Most animals show sensitivity or pain only when it is beyond the point a human would tolerate without going to the doctor, and he can't tell you if he is in pain or constant irritation, so see a vet.


My first guess is this is a place that is bothering him, so he keeps licking or clawing at it - hence the matting. Another possibility is a tumor, cyst, cancer, psoriasis, or infection that is oozing pus or serum, causing that area to mat. Infestations of eggs from insects growing in the skin, a tick or chigger, subcutaneous worms, etc can also cause an irritation that an animal licks, causing matting and commonly irritating the area even more. Sometimes the hair growing out of an infected area or tumor/cyst/mole also goes wild and grows faster or erratically, and is sensitive when touched or moved.


Whatever the cause, take him to the vet to get a diagnosis and treatment to end his distress - and if it is an allergic reaction, the vet should be able to provide maintenance medication to treat that too.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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