Everybody’s Scalp needs to be Scratched

Question:

Thomas escapes whenever possible and we always find him rolling in the very dry dusty dirt. This cat loves it; he rolls so many times a day you can’t keep count. I have had cats all my life and never remember having one that rolled in dirt all the time.

 

Dr. Nichol:

Thomas is stimulating his skin and leaving his scent. A cat’s scalp, like ours, needs stimulation to loosen skin flakes. Many kitties accomplish the same thing by grooming with their tongues or by brushing or bathing from their owners. Be grateful that Thomas marks his turf as a feline dust collector rather than as a urine graffiti artiste.