Scabs on Cat: Feline acne, Flea allergy dermatitis, Skin condition treatment – Meowkai

Scabs on Cat: Feline acne, Flea allergy dermatitis, Skin condition treatment – Meowkai

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Cat ownership, (ok who am I kidding, I meant being owned by a cat), is a huge responsibility.

If you’re anything like me, you take that responsibility seriously and that means making sure that fluffy friend is as healthy and happy as possible.

It goes without saying that if you notice scabs on your cat, you’re bound to be concerned and maybe a bit alarmed. So, what are the different types of scabs and how do you treat them?

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What Are Cat Scabs?

Cat Scabs (miliary dermatitis) are defined as dry, crusty lesions or patches that form while a wound heals. So if you find a large or small scab on your cat, it means that your cat has been wounded either from an external source or from excessive scratching due to irritation.

There are several different types of scabs that cats can be afflicted with, but let’s have a look at 5 common types:

  1. Scabs around the neck and back

  2. Scabs around the head and ears

  3. Chin scabs

  4. Non-seasonal scabs

  5. Scabs as a result of stress

1. Scabs Around The Neck and Back

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2. Scabs Around The Head and Ears (Miliary Dermatitis)

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3. Chin Scabs


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4. Non-Seasonal Cat Scabs

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5. Scabs from Stress


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Other Causes Of Scabs:

I’ve listed the more common conditions, but in some cases, there are other reasons why your cat may have scabs.

Here are a few examples:

  1. Skin Cancer: Yes, the sad truth is that cats can also get skin cancer. The more common types are:
    • Basal cell carcinoma
    • Mast cell tumor
    • Squamous cell carcinoma
    • Melanoma
  2. Pemphigus: An autoimmune condition that results in anti-bodies attacking healthy cell tissue. Some cats have a hereditary predisposition for this condition. Irritation results in your cats clawing and scratching a specific location which results in scabs.
  3. Ringworms are a fungal infection of skin, hair, or claws known as a dermatophyte. In most cases, fungal infections can clear up without treatment, but anti-fungal treatments offer faster results.

Note: this list is not comprehensive.


You’ll want to take your cat to the veterinarian AS SOON as you notice any lesions or scabs; otherwise they may become infected, especially if your cat keeps licking and scratching at them. These can be quite uncomfortable and downright painful for your cat so you want to make sure you help ease the pain as quickly as possible.

The good news is that most of the time, creams and oral medications work fast – usually within 24 hours. If I didn’t stress it enough yet, I’ll say it one more time – always get a proper diagnosis from your vet and don’t try to put any creams or lotions that you would use yourself. Most topical ointments that you find in your local drugstore can be harmful or even fatal for your cat.

When it comes to pet ownership there is no such thing as being over-cautious so don’t worry about calling your vet the minute you notice something out of the ordinary.

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Have you ever dealt with scabs on your cat? How did you deal with it and how did your cat recover? I’d love to hear your thoughts!



This Post Has 37 Comments

  1. Ali

    Advice on a green scaling on bottom of paws?

  2. Judy Harris

    The vet told me this was like teenage acne and would disappear, but my cat is 8 now and she still gets it. I don’t use plastic bowls, and she eats mainly fish, i.e., bonito, cod, shrimp temptations, 6 Fish crunchies and freeze dried treats. The vet recommended Duoxo, which is a medicated pad, like Stridex. Basically, it dries the wound, the scab falls out, leaving a bald spot, and then the hair regrows. But I would like to prevent these wounds, if at all possible, which occur on her chin and near the corners of her mouth.

  3. Melissa Sherriff

    Wash with F10 SHAMPOO, or get f10 cream, diluted apple cider vinigar with tumeric in distilled water works. Dont ever use tea tree oil this is toxic as well as other types of oils. Cortizone tablets can help.

  4. Andy Kizer

    My Siamese has scans all over, does anybody know if mineral oil is bad to put on cats skin at least it doesn’t really taste and his thin enough easy to spread on skin and coat? I would say it’s probably fleas biting her too. I will try different food as she was throwing up lately too. Mainly curious about the mineral oil? Andy

  5. SOZ

    BONNIE (15th April)
    sweetheart, try not to be so angry…I hope your cat is feeling better since your post, and I agree-vets are incredibly expensive. If you live in the UK, the PDSA animal charity is fantastic, although sometimes difficult to get through on the phone!

  6. SOZ

    try pure coconut oil on the affected area, totally safe for skin and fur, and won’t do any harm if your cat licks it.
    I give my cat Fizzy a cool-but not cold-quick shower(she has got quite used to it, after resistance at first),then dry her off and reassure her with cuddles and treats. Then, when she’s relaxed, gently massage the coconut oil into her skin where the scabs/itching seems to bother her the most: mainly her back and near the base of her tail. Our vet has prescribed tablets called prednisalone, which seems to help,but vet says to reduse dosage as much as possible, as its a steroid. That makes me concerned about side effects(NOT MASSIVE MUSCLES OR TEMPER TANTRUMS though, like men on steroids!!!)


  7. Minn

    Nemo is my cat and started getting scabs around her neck this past spring. There are no fleas where I live so I think it is probably an allergy. Vets and their meds have never been useful to me. I use home remedies. This time I combed all scabs off and put a topical on it (made out of cannabis, orange oil, and lavender). My cat cleared up in about 4 days, but it keeps coming back. Must be allergy so will continue with treatment and change his food, dishes, etc. Will also change the litter I am using.


    So is Vaseline good to put on it how about use motor oil I heard it’s good to

  9. Linda

    what is sudacreme where can I find it ?

  10. Cecilia

    I use a sock thats loose enough around my cats neck til her sores heal..but when the skin looks good and scabs are off..within one hour they are a bloody mess again! Why when everything looked healed? Should she wear the sock for months?

  11. Carolyn Zechiel

    This was the best site I found for information on cat dermatitis. Thank you.

    1. Annie

      Hello, Carolyn Zechiel. Thanks for your comment.

  12. Allie

    Thank you, this was so informative, to the point, and helpful. Amazing work!

  13. Rebecca Greene

    Thank you so much!! Coconut oil is good as well!! My kitty kitty is my baby.i could not live her anymore if had given birth to lol

  14. Rebecca

    My cat loves the outdoors, but because he’s an inside cat, I bought him a stroller and I push him around the neighborhood in his stroller. Tiger has been outside numerous times and has never had problems with rashes. Unfortunately my area was affected by the flood of 2019. After the flood happened, something changed within the air. I cannot bring Tiger to enjoy the outdoors in his stroller anymore. He breaks out with rashes 24 hours later around his face and scratches them because their itchy. Have you ever seen or heard of a cat later developing an allergic reaction to something that is airborne? How do I treat this so he can enjoy the outdoors again?

    1. Cheri

      Mold spores can grow after a flood and can be inside flooded homes or outside. They affect humans and animals and I would suspect your Tiger is allergic to one or more of the outside mold spores. I’ve recently heard about using colostrum for immune support for cats. That may be a good place to start as it helps to clear mold spores internally. He may not be able to go outside until the air clears up again or you may have to wait until the weather cools down. Either way, good luck in helping Tiger feel better.

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  16. Vanessa

    Ache o burn on my cat was treated by me with natural remedies bathing with calendulas herbal brown with hazel five star flower cream and sulphur 30c taken once a day orally

  17. Kay

    I noticed little scabs on the back of my Kitty’s nevk. I itvhed and scratched them off until her fur felt nice and scab free again. I did this several times but the little scabs came back again. I think it is from her itching or maybe her itching is what is causing the little scabs. Diet?

    1. Annie

      Hello, Key. Yes, try changing your pet’s diet and watch the changes.

  18. Deb

    Tea tree oil is highly TOXIC to cats – Google it. DO NOT PUT IT ON YOUR CAT OR DOG

  19. S.G

    Someone suggested rubbing some sudacreme cream over my cats scabs, so I bought some and tried it and I couldn’t believe how affective it was.
    My cat has been prescribed numerous prescriptions from the vets for skin problems over the last 2 years with no results and I had got to the stage where I was getting stressed because nothing seemed to work and my little girls skin wasn’t reacting to any treatment.
    I didn’t rub a lot of the sudacreme onto the affected area just a tiny bit, my cats skin is now clear of any scabs.

  20. Deborah Booth

    My cat Keefer developed scabs on just the right side of his face and neck, fur was matted & he was scratching all the time. Visits to vets just lead to expensive injections with no answer to a possible cause. He was becoming more uncomfortable as wasn’t healing..

    Google gave a suggestion to change his litter as may be too dusty (it was but he liked it !) & maybe causing allergies. 2 weeks in to using a non clumping paper based more hypoallergenic one has made a BIG difference. Skin starting to get better so fingers crossed this will solve it

  21. Lynn

    I take care of a lot of feral cats, and one tuxedo line seems to be especially prone to this problem. On one of the cats it was particularly alarming. I switched to a raw diet with a good fish oil and it cleared up quickly. BTW, I’ve read that hormones can cause this as well. Also, scabs can occur all over the back, head, neck etc.

  22. Lesa Lukowski

    My Baby Girl Sissy is about 6 yrs old and stays mostly inside ,,, but about a month ago she started getting scabs on her back toward her tail and all around her neck … she always wears a flea collar ,,, but I took it off of her when I noticed the scabs … She also has a brother named Smokey and he is just fine … but I have noticed she cant get enough water to drink and I have given her 2 baths with flea treatment just in case … what do ya think is the problem … do I need to make a vet appointment ???

    1. Annie

      Hello, Lisa Lukowski. I think better if you to contact the veterinary clinic.

  23. tom

    My cats get scabby from maybe fleas although I just went over a cat with a flea comb that is scabby on the neck and rearend and found no fleas in his case. As a home remedy that I have used before I have applied vaseline to the affected areas and rubbed it in which seems to assist healing pretty well. And if they lick any of it, it would also help with the hairballs they get from licking too much.

  24. lachme

    my cat meg developed acne on her chin. the vet advised me to stop using a plastic food bowl, as they tend to be a haven for bacteria, as opposed to glass, ceramic, or metal. i switched my kitties to all ceramic dishes, and meg never had another outbreak.

    1. Kaiser's Human

      When my cat got chin acne from plastic bowls, I changed to stainless steel and, like you, never another outbreak.

  25. ruth liagre

    Scabs all over my cat even in is ears does not itch the scabs are not from wounds Started getting them after a illness when he was one years old he is now for I can’t take him to the vets because he freaks out I would have to put him to sleep in order for him to leave the house have tried different foods different bedding treating the scabs nothing Seems to work None of the other cats are affected Any suggestions

  26. Melinda

    This information was very helpful and also helped me to not be panicked. My Cat is my daughter, My baby girl, so I don’t want her I’ll or uncomfortable. Thank you for your help and God Bless you.

  27. Kathryn

    I have been experimenting with natural solutions. I found a few drops of tea tree oil into vitamin E oil immediately clears my cat up. I bought a 1.5 ounce bottle of vitamin E at the dollar store. Put 5-8 drops of tea tree in it doing just a small area 1×1 inch first. Since cats clean by licking. Rub into skin well. Remove excess with paper towel. I have found it helps with hairballs though. See how your cat is with it. No adverse effects at all here.
    Good for my dog’s hot spots too. The smell keeps fleas away soothes the itching so the dog doesn’t chew. Gone the next day!

    1. Lori Lawrence

      I thought tea tree oil was poisonous to cats and dogs? I also am having trouble with my fur-baby Uno.. My son moved back in for a couple months and turned our otherwise quite drama free (somewhat) home into a place I didn’t even want to live in.. On top of that, we cleaned Unis room, his litter box had to be moved, and he (Uno) didn’t like that at all, all his stuff out of the room and my son moved in. Needless to say Uno went in there and squatted right only sons bed and did his marking lol it didn’t go over to well, but that was the start and ROBBIE would leave his door open and Uno would make a mad dash for the room and ROBBIE would yell at him, I had to get onto Robbie for yelling at poor Uno.. Anyways yes I’m sure my poor Uno is suffering from my son moving in, but he is out now and trying to get house back together.. I have been giving Uno Salmon oil and I comb him and I’ve been putting coconut oil on his dry skin, it’s helping but I just read about the “Burt’s Bees Dander Reducing Wipes ” so I’m going to get some of those Tomarrow and try them,.. Good luck and God Bless..

    2. Gerry

      This sounds wonderful to me. I have tea tree oil already, and may try it with coconut oil, which I also have. My kitty has long hair and and likes being combed (thankfully), but for the last few weeks I have found small patches of scabs about the size of a pencil eraser. I have never seen a flea or flea egg, and dont know what is causing the scabs, i just want them to heal up. I love him and don’t want him uncomfortable. Thank you so much.

    3. Brittney

      Tea tree oil is toxic to cats!!

      1. Donna

        You are right! it is very toxic to cats and can cause death. Please no tea tree oil on the cat. or where they can lick the oil.

  28. Addie

    This was actually so helpful. Made a cat mom panic less

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