Mange in Cats (March 2019)

I recently spoke about dogs with mange, so now it’s time to go over mange in cats.

Like in dogs, there are more than one type of mange that cats can experience, which we’re going to discuss thoroughly.

Knowledge can be your best weapon in protecting and taking proper care of any pet.

What is Mange?

Mange is a condition of the skin that occurs primarily in dogs, but cats can also experience mange, as well.

Your cat will be scratching relentlessly as if they have a bad case of fleas and will require treatment as soon as possible to ensure their case doesn’t escalate to a severe one.

Mange is caused by numerous species of mites, some of which are normal for cats to have and don’t pose much of a risk.

However, depending on the circumstance, all mites are able to wreak havoc – causing insanely itchy skin, rashes, severe infections of the skin, and more.

Notedric Mange

Known as feline scabiesNotedric mange/Notredes cats is similar to sarcoptic mange, which is seen in dogs.

This type of mange comes with skin infections that can get pretty severe if they are left untreated for even a short period of time.

The infections of the skin typically start on the ears and the face. From there, if they aren’t treated, the infection will spread to the rest of your cat’s body.

Unfortunately, this type of mange is very contagious to other cats.

Demodectic Mange

Caused by Demodex gatoi or Demodex catiDemodectic mange is not all that common in cats, but it’s very common in dogs.

Fortunately, this type of mange is not considered to be contagious or a risk to other surrounding cats.

This type of mite, like on a dog, is perfectly normal to have. However, in large numbers, this type of mange will run rampant.

If your cat is affected by this type of mange, it’s often because of not only large numbers of mites, but because of a compromised or weak immune system, as well.

Listed below are the most common symptoms of Demodectic mange in cats:

  • Hair Loss
  • Skin Lesions
  • Scales
  • Patches of Crust on the Skin

Oddly enough, Burmese and Siamese breeds of cat are more susceptible and at a higher risk of developing this type of mange.

Is Your Cat At Risk for Mange?

Cats who are malnourished and/or have compromised or weak immune systems are at a high risk of mange.

In cats, mange is most often a secondary condition that is following a present disorder or disease, whether it’s visible or not.

Treating Mange in Cats

Once you’ve gotten an official diagnoses from your vet, the treatment will begin. A medication will be used to treat the mange, how aggressively done will depend on the severity of your cat’s condition.

A dip, shampoo, injection, or topical treatment will be used based on your cat’s condition. They may also decide to use anti-inflammatories, antibiotics, or an antibacterial shampoo, as well.

Protecting Your Cat from Mange

The best way to ensure your cat is protected from mange is to keep them away from other animals who may be suspected of having it.

Ensure your cat is healthy, happy, and living in a clean environment.

Making Sure Your Cat is Mange-Free

If you suspect your cat is dealing with mange, you need to bring him to the vet before it becomes a critical situation.

Mange is painful, uncomfortable, and hell to deal with once it’s escalated.

 

 

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