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Cats Lose Most of Their Fur Due to Flea Infestation

25 March 2015

UK - Two stray cats who were found with most of their fur missing due a flea infestation are looking for a new home together after some help from a local pet charity.

The feline pair, now named Itchy and Scratchy, were taken to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Torbay after they were found hiding under a bush.

Now well on the road to recovery both cats were in a sorry state, with large patches of missing fur and their skin covered in sores and scabs.

Jo Dempsey, Animal Welfare Assistant at Torbay Blue Cross, said: “We were really shocked at the state poor Itchy and Scratchy were in when they arrived at the centre - they must have been so miserable and uncomfortable. They were so badly infested with fleas that they had scratched most of their fur out. It almost looked as if they had been shaved and their skin was in an awful state.”

Itchy and Scratchy, who are both about three years old, were given flea treatment and made comfortable and cosy in nice warm pens with heat mats to curl up on. Itchy was also given treatment for his bad skin. After lots of TLC, both cats have been given the all clear by the vets and are ready to find new homes.

Jo added: “Itchy and Scratchy have made great progress and their fur has even started to grow back too – we might need to change their names now! They are both loveable characters. Itchy is still a little shy but gradually getting to know us and Scratchy has really grown in confidence and loves a tickle under his chin.”

Blue Cross recommends regular flea and worming treatment for pets, as fleas can cause severe reactions and can even be fatal for small kittens, if left unchecked. Always ask your vet which treatment is right for your pet.

Itchy and Scratchy have a close bond, so are looking for a home together, where they’ll get lots of love and attention and are able to go and explore outdoors. If you think you could offer them the home they need, contact Blue Cross Torbay on 0300 777 1550.

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