Our cat has been scratching and getting a hot spot. Any suggestions on what to do?

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Also need to add we have gotten a kitten recently that comes inside once in awhile to 'visit'. Not sure if it is related to the scratching though. | 12.07.15 @ 17:18
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 08.20.17 @ 19:22
There are two parts to managing hot spots. There is often a secondary bacterial infection associated with them so a visit to the vet is in order to see if antibiotics or other medications are needed. The other part is to work out what is the underlying reason for your cat’s scratching. Without sorting that out, your puss is at risk of developing more hot spots. One of the most common causes is fleas, another is allergies, either to fleas, food or dusts and pollen in the environment. If you have a new kitten that comes inside every now and again and the scratching has worsened since then, it's possible that the kitten is bringing in a flea or two that’s making your older cat itchy. There are a number of very effective flea control products and it would be a good idea to use one on your cat and also the kitten (check that the product you choose is safe for young cats). Again, your vet can offer advice on that while they’re checking out the hot spot. | 12.07.15 @ 21:32
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$commenter.renderDisplayableName() — {comment} | 08.20.17 @ 19:22
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Answered by Bridget
I just got back from Vet visit, because Spirit had several "bumps" and was scratching alot. Vet said it was not dermatitis, as I had suspected, but was a reaction to flea bites, even tho both Spirit and our home are Flea Free (or so I thought). Spirit is 100% indoor kitty, and the only exposure she may have gotten to fleas could possibly be from an apartment neighbours puppy hitching a ride into our apartment from next door. The Vet gave Spirit 2 shots (she wasn't too happy about) and recommended we give her a bath with a soothing shampoo and apply the once a month flea treatment to her. So, the great advice Dr. Audrey gave you is spot on. Hope your kitty is feeling better soon. <3 | 12.17.15 @ 22:54
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