Mange in cats – Symptoms and treatments
Mange in cats is a skin condition that can affect any cat, regardless of breed. This disease is caused by microscopic ectoparasite. Remember that not only cats can be affected by Mange. Scabies or itching is widespread throughout the world, being found in many animals. People may also be prone to Mange. Pet owners should pay attention to the symptoms of quadrupeds. The veterinarian will perform a consultation to diagnose as soon as possible and start treatment. In this article, we will explain what Mange in cats is and the symptoms and treatments for this condition.
Mange in cats – types
Mange in cats is caused by an ectoparasite, which is a mite. The types of scabies are varied. For example, some mites that cause itching feed on the animal’s skin, in which they dig tunnels, and others live on its surface and feed on keratin.
Types of Mange in cats:
Notohedral scabies is caused by the mite Notoedres cati and manifests by the appearance of crusts and hair loss. This type of Mange is not transmitted to humans. The first signs of notohedral scratching appear on the cat’s ears and face, but they can spread very quickly over the body’s entire surface. Therefore, it should be treated immediately, as the itchy cat will also infect the other animals it comes in contact with.
– Sarcoptic scabies – Sarcoptes cause this type of Mange. It is a rare form found in cats.
– Demodectic scabies – two species of parasites produce this type of Mange – Demodex cati or Demodex gatoi. This type of scabies mainly affects dogs but can also occur in cats.
– Cheyletellosis – this Mange found in cats is caused by Cheylettiella and is known as “body mites.” Scabies of this kind can be easily confused with dandruff due to the white layer that the mites leave on the cat’s fur when it moves. So you have to be very careful and differentiate between dandruff and scabies.
– Ear Mite – Ear Mite is the most common Mange in cats. This scabies is caused by a microscopic but very dangerous parasite, known as Otodectes cynotis. You can easily see the signs of earaches. You will see a brown, sticky substance in the cat’s ear. The parasite lives and reproduces in the ear canals, feeding on skin debris and cellular fluids. Light, regular cleaning is recommended. Your veterinarian will also prescribe certain antibiotics.
Mange in cats – causes
Mange in cats is usually transmitted from animal to animal and is highly contagious. All breeds of cats are prone to this condition.
Scabies or Mange is transmitted through contact with either another infected animal or objects that have been touched. Therefore, if your cat is accustomed to leaving the house, you should find a way to keep it isolated from other animals. It is advisable to start treatment as soon as possible. It is recommended to disinfect beds, bowls, blankets, toys, and other cats used to use.
Cheyletellosis is the most contagious parasitic disease that can be transmitted to humans. A temporary infection manifests it.
Mange in cats – symptoms
Mange in cats is a very unpleasant disease that causes:
If your cat has itching, then unpleasant itching will also be present. This violent itching will cause damage to the animal’s skin, but it is not something that can be controlled.
– Hair loss in affected areas
– Wounds and scabs caused by excessive and violent scratching. Cat’s claws will cause injuries to the areas affected by the itch. Open wounds are prone to infections, so it is essential to follow the treatment prescribed by your veterinarian.
– Agitation – if your cat has itching, the animal will be much more agitated due to the discomfort caused by the mites. The cat will not rest appropriately and will not be able to stand.
– Brown secretions in the ears – if your cat has itchy ears, then some dark brown secretions will appear. These can cause ear infections, and bleeding or puncture may occur in more severe cases.
– Reddened skin – due to excessive scratching, the animal’s skin will become irritated, causing eczema.
Mange in cats – treatment
Scabies in cats can be treated with medicines prescribed by a veterinarian. We also recommend that you use the following forms of treatment:
– Pipettes or spot-on – these external application products effectively get rid of external parasites, fleas, or ticks. We recommend that you turn to specialty stores such as Biotur.
– Sprays – antiparasitic sprays can also be a way to get rid of external parasites. Biotur offers you a wide range of such sprays, such as PEST SPRAY FOR DOGS AND CATS PESS BIO PROTECTIVE SPRAY WITH GERANIUM OIL. The product can be used for chickens over three months of age and for elderly, lactating, pregnant, or contact animals. Contains Geranium essential oil with a role in the routine prevention of external parasitic infestation in animals.
– Shampoos – Shampoos can be used to remove external parasites from our pets. Cats will not be a big fan of this type of treatment, but if you do these washes regularly, the animal will get used to it.
– Antiparasitic collar – The antiparasitic collar is an effective and safe method that does not endanger the animal’s life. Biotur provides you with a gray collar, odorless 38 cm (12.5 g) contains 1.25 imidacloprid and 0.56 flumethrin as active substances, Foresto antiparasitic cat collar.
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