Mange and Scabies in Cats (cont.)

What Should I Do If My Cat Has Mange?

Take your cat to a veterinarian, who will perform skin scrapings and confirm the presence of mites with a microscope. It can be difficult to identify mange mites if they're buried deep in the skin, so your vet may rely on clinical signs or your pet's history to make a final diagnosis.

Are Certain Cats Prone to Mange?

Exceptionally malnourished cats or those with compromised immune systems are prone to mange, which often appears as a secondary condition to a more severe disorder.

How Is Mange Treated?

The first step in the treatment of mange is isolating your cat to prevent the condition from affecting other pets and humans. Your vet will prescribe medication to kill the mites. Depending on the type of mange and your cat, medication may be applied topically, by injection, or by shampoo and dip. You vet may also prescribe an antibacterial shampoo or anti-inflammatories and antibiotics to treat skin issues and ease inflammation. Although mites are quickly killed, results are usually seen after a month of treatment.

Please note, some insecticides, collars and dips that are labeled safe for dogs can be toxic to cats and some should not be repeated frequently, so check with your vet before beginning any treatment program for mange.

How Can I Prevent a Recurrence of Mange?

  • If your cat has been diagnosed with mange, you'll need to thoroughly clean or replace his bedding, collar, toys, dishes, etc.
  • If you suspect a neighbor's cat may be infected, keep your pets away to keep the disease at bay.
  • Bring your cat to the vet as directed for rechecks to ensure the mites have been eradicated.