How To Get Rid Of Mange In Cats
Mange is a highly contagious condition of the skin caused by mites and parasites in animals. Cats affected by mange most often stay outdoors. If left untreated, the cat may become very ill and lose its fur. The symptoms of mange include itching, discomfort, and scratching. If you suspect your feline has mange, take the cat to the vet for an exam. In order to treat the infection, it is required to know which type of mange the cat has.
Mange in cats is fairly uncommon; yet it is possible for a cat to contract mange. If your cat is losing fur, you should always to take your cat to the vet. Other diseases and problems other than mange can cause hair loss. A vet can look at a sample of the cat’s skin or fur under a microscope to confirm whether or not the cat has mange. Here are some options that you can use to get rid of mange in cats.
Rule out mange by having your cats checked
The only way to rule out mange (scabies) is for the vet to do a skin scraping and look for the mange mites under a microscope. Infection and ringworm can mimic the appearance of mange. It’s best to have them checked out and let the vet prescribe medication for them. A carefully controlled dose of medication is needed based on body weight. If it is mange mites, they don’t live in the environment, only down in the deep skin layer, so cleaning the barn won’t make a difference.
Dermisil is a medicated shampoo that is used to treat mange in cats. It is used prior to a lime-sulfur dip. Because it is sold in an extra concentrated solution, Dermisil is mixed with regular pet shampoo. The shampoo sits on the cat’s skin for five to seven minutes before being rinsed off. According to Dermisil website, the treatment should be repeated every five days until the mange is gone.
One of the most effective ways to treat mange in cats is to use lime-sulfur dips. They are a home remedy that must be repeated often until the infestation ceases. Dips like these come in concentrates that get diluted with water before use; they are then applied to the affected areas of the cat’s coat. In order for these dips to be fully effective they must be repeated weekly for six weeks.
When vets treat cats for mange they often use a topical treatment. According to Cat Health Guide, Ivermectin is one of the preferred brands to use. Vets apply this to the cat’s skin. In cases of Notoedric mange, the vet will inject Ivermectin into the cat. These injections occur weekly for four weeks. Since Notoedric mange is extremely contagious it is necessary to get other pets checked out as well.
Natural treatments can be effective in treating mild cases of mange. For cats with ear mites (a form of mange) plain yogurt can help heal sore ears. Adding a teaspoon of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to cat’s food can help treat mange symptoms as well. Rubbing cooking oil directly on the cat’s skin can help combat irritations. The oil can also the kill the mites that cause mange.
Wash and disinfect everything in your house your cat has been in contact with, such as bedding and furniture. This will ensure that all the mites that caused your cat’s mange are killed and that your cat will not get infected again.