We've owned Kishiru
(pictured in her younger and slimmer days) for almost 12 years and she's 12. Starting about age 4, we were noticing scabs on the back of her neck and assumed that our other cat was being bitey and mean. Other cat eventually met his end, and yet we were still seeing these scabs on the back of her neck. They'd heal, but then new ones would appear. We never see her doing anything major to that area, but she does scratch at it some with her back claws.
Fast-forward to this week. She apparently did something to her face, because now she has a pretty big gash on one "cheek." Mr. altopower noticed her scratching at it and she had already ripped the scab off and it was bleeding a bit.
She does not have fleas, she doesn't seem stressed. Everything else is normal with her.
So, I'm guessing we're going to have to traumatize her with a vet visit, but I thought I'd check with AskMe to see if anyone had dealt with this. Eight years of scabby scratchy cat is too much, especially if she's having issues we could do something about.