Symptoms of cat mange
Cat mange is a highly contagious condition of the skin caused by mites and parasites in animals. Cats affected by cat mange most often stay outdoors. If left untreated, the cat may become very ill and lose its fur. The symptoms of cat mange include itching, discomfort, and scratching. Here are options cat owners should use to treat their cat affected by cat mange.
Mange in cats is fairly uncommon; yet it is possible for a cat to contract cat mange. If your cat is loosing fur, you should always to take your cat to the vet. Other diseases and problems other than cat 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 your pet has cat mange.
Different types of cat mange
There are a few different various types of cat mange that are thought to affect cats. Ear mites are not usually considered mange, but the parasites that cause in ear mites can also cause cat mange. Ear mites should always be treated with injections or prescription ear drops. When a feline has ear mites, the inside of their ears will look dirty. Black oily-looking dirt will cover the inside of the cat’s ears. These are not the actual mites, but are the dropping left behind from the mites.
Another form of cat mange is called Demodex Mange, also called Demodex mange”. This type of cat mange is not contagious. Cat and dogs do not pass this type of mange to each other. Generally cats and dogs have small amounts of these mites inhabiting on their skin. This type of cat mange does not often bother the cat unless it becomes inflamed. It might show up as small patches of hair loss. In more serious cases, it can cause in a bacterial infection on the skin. The skin can become inflamed, red and itchy. Demodex cat mange usually starts causing problems in cats that are immuno-suppressed or that are aging. This type of cat mange can also adversely affect cats with poor health. Hormones and stress might also cause this type of cat mange to cause problems. It can be seen in pregnant and nursing cats or male cats that are not neutered.
Resources of Interest:
- The best cat mange treatment
- Cat skin conditions: mange
- What is mange?
- What is sarcoptic mange?
- Mange wiki
Cat mange treatments
There are treatment options for this kind of cat mange. When you take your cat to the animal doctor for possible cat mange, you vet will perform a thorough health exam. This will rule out autoimmune diseases and other varieties of parasites such as worms. An oral medication called Ivermectin can be used. Although this drug is not approved by the Federal Drug Administration to use for cat mange, many vets find this treatment very effective. Another treatment option is dipping your cat in a prescribed pesticide. This is highly effective, but it can cause problems like vomiting and seizures in cats. Additionally, the treatment is poisonous, therefore it should not be applied with pregnant cats or by people who are pregnant. This dip is routinely done weekly for up to six weeks.
Sarcoptic cat mange is another form of cat mange that can be contracted by felines. This variety of cat mange is highly contagious and very problematic to persistent. Cat that are affected by this variety of cat mange are extremely itchy and the scratching can cause serious inflammation and sometimes bleeding of the skin. Mites will burrow into the skin and leave the eggs. When a cat has this, the excessive scratching can also cause scabbing and infections on the skin.
This variety of cat mange is often determined by examining the cat’s skin or fur under a microscope. If it is indeed Sarcoptic mange, your animal doctor will want to wash the cat with a medicated shampoo and then treat the cat with a pesticide dip. Just as with Sarcoptic mange, this pesticide dip is very potent and extreme caution must to be used when treating your cat.
If you suspect your feline has cat mange, you should take your cat to the vet for an exam. In order to treat the infection, it is required to know which type of cat mange your cat has. Also, it is not unwise to use “home remedies” for mange that are often found. These remedies can be extremely dangerous to your cat. In many cases, hair loss is not cat mange. Hair loss can be caused by allergic reactions to foods, plants or even medications. Allergic reactions are treated much differently than mange so it is very important to look medical care for your animal.
My roomate has a kitten who is about 15 weeks old. Shes 2.6lbs, and she’s a Minx. She had mange before we took her in on the tip of her ear, which was taken care of beforehand. She started vomiting up worms so we gave a dewormer (Hertz Ultra guard rid worm paste), and she seemed to get ill (as does any cat I’ve given dewormer to does) and then she stoped throwing up, and all seemed good.
Her ear mites have been treated and are gone.
I typed up a list of things I’ve noticed since my best friend/roomie got her:
-vomiting up whole food pieces with bubbles or foamy liquid/saliva
-hair sticks out (like shes spooked) when about to vomit, vomitting, or just vommited, and when about to eat while she circles the cat food dish.
-noticible weight diffrence(lighter) after vomit
-Drinks large amounts of water
-soft stool, bad odor.
-motor issues/staggers and balance issues. (unsure if this is just a minx thing. she has a stub for a tail like… half an inch of a tail)
-rarely coughing (she hasn’t coughed for over a month. but felt it was necessary to include this.)
-occational eye discharge/bugers
-Appears to have a hard time with ending poop, as she makes grunting noises at the end
-Appearance of stool is slick/shiney/greasy, and pale.
I know just putting these symptoms out there and asking for a one defined thing isn’t possible. what I’m asking is what all could it be. I’ve done some searching but none of the things come up making me believe "this is definantly one that could be giving her an issue".
Okay proud owner of two, if you believe it is animal crulty to and ask about what to do to help a pet, when you call her a "THING" ! … gah! .. this is an honest question!!!
And there is only one vet in our area. he’s not open this past week due to his own commitments. This is why i’m trying to find out what could be wrong, so my next step would be research and see what could help soothe HER (she’s not a thing), until we can get her to a vet.
Also we are waiting for someone who can transport us to the vet, because it is too hot to even attempt to take her for a walk to the vet. it is a lot safer to keep her here in the house until we can get a ride there tom, or in the next few days!.
Is there any antinausea mediciene for kittens?
Ps. I do have kids.. they are furry, and four legged!
btw, thanks prismina.
There may be more than a few things going on with her. The foamy saliva, vomiting, peculiar activity around her food dish, drinking a lot of water and and bad odor of her stools are all indicative of rabies, but that may not necessarily be the case. She also may have an upper respiratory infection that is extremely common with kittens. I’ve nursed a good number of kittens back to health with the affliction upon birth. I’d strongly suggest getting her back to the vet for another check up. It’s the only way to find out for sure what is going on with her and get her healed. Best wishes to you and her!
A Problem on Cat Mange
my cat has mange but i dont know how to treat it because she cant take any antibiotics or anti inflammatories (shes highly allergic).It is cat mange. shes been to the vet many times but he doesnt know what to give her because she needs a natural remedy, does anyone have any home remedies for cat mange? thanks
is putting alcohol on cat mange a bad idea? i just thing it would kill the mites but i dont know if its safe. And also does cooking oil mange help?
Another Problem on Cat Mange
I have just had a terrible mange problem with a new kitten (cat mange). This is what the vet did: shot of Ivermectin (not a steroidal or anti-inflammitory) and a dose of selamectin (Revolution)
applied topically as directed.
Neither of these should cause a reaction in you cat, but do let the vet know about the allergies.
In two days you should see improvement.
Resources of Interest:
- All about sarcoptic mange
- All about demodectic mange
- What is mange?
- Mange FAQs
- Safe and effective pet mange treatment
Cat Mange Treatment
Cat ear mites revolution time to heal now. DO NOT USE ALCOHOL. It will sting and your cat won’t let you handle her/him again.
In fact, there isn’t much else you can do except what I have listed above. Dips are toxic to cats. SEE YOUR VET. Pets Mange should be treated.
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