Itch Medicine for Cats

Itch medicine for cats can relieve discomfort and prevent excessive scratching due to underlying conditions. Whether your cat suffers from allergies, dry skin, or fleas, anti-itch medicine can help protect your cat’s skin from painful lesions and infections.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best anti-itch medicine for cats?

There is no single best anti-itch medicine for cats. The best treatment will depend on the reason for your cat’s itching. For example, if your cat suffers from mange, your vet will treat the mange to reduce the itching. Meanwhile, if your cat has fleas, we’ll aim to eliminate them while treating their itchy skin with various flea products. While we treat the underlying cause of your cat’s itchy skin, we can also directly target the symptom. 

Here are a few of the best anti-itch medicines for cats, according to our vets:

  • Chlorpheniramine: Chlorpheniramine is a prescription medicine for cat itching. It’s an antihistamine used for treating itching due to allergies. 
  • Prednisone: Prednisone is a prescription itch medicine for cats used to treat various conditions that cause itching. It’s a steroid used as an anti-inflammatory and immune suppressant to treat itching due to conditions ranging from allergies to skin diseases. 
  • Revolution Plus for Cats: Revolution Plus for Cats is another prescription anti-itch medicine. This anti-parasitic topical combination can be used monthly to prevent fleas and ticks, and ear mites that can cause itching. 

Why is my cat itching and licking so much?

Several health conditions can lead to cat itching, including the following:

Itching, excessive grooming, and skin irritation are symptoms of a minor or major illness, so it’s essential to have your pet examined and diagnosed by a vet to ensure they get the proper treatment. 

How can I soothe my cat’s itchy skin at home?

You can soothe your cat’s itchy skin at home by talking to a Dutch vet. We’ll review your pet’s health history, symptoms, and any other factors that may contribute to itchy skin. 

After diagnosis, your Dutch vet will devise a treatment plan, which may consist of the following itch medicines for cats:

  • Antihistamines
  • Corticosteroids
  • Skin supplements
  • Antibiotics
  • Ointments
  • Medicated shampoos

What else can make a cat itch besides fleas?

One of the most common causes of itchy skin in cats besides fleas is allergies. Food and environmental allergies can cause itchy skin and GI issues. In addition, bacterial infections, such as pyoderma and yeast infections of the skin, can cause itchiness. 

Mites are another common issue in cats that can cause itchy skin. Ear mites can cause itching of the ear, while mange, caused by mites biting your pet and causing itching, hair loss, and inflammation, can cause itching anywhere on the body. 

Can I give my cat Benadryl for itching?

Benadryl is considered safe for cats and can help treat mild itching due to allergies. However, you should consult your vet before sharing human anti- itch medicine with them since they’ll need a proper dose. In addition, Benadryl can cause some drowsiness, so you should monitor your pet for any serious side effects after administering it to them. 

Of course, depending on the reason behind your pet’s itching, there may be more effective anti-itch medicines for cats. If your cat can’t stop scratching, biting, or licking themselves, consult a Dutch vet. Dutch telemedicine for vets can help diagnose and treat itchy skin in cats to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. Schedule your first Dutch appointment.