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Treatment for mange in cats varies depending on the type of mite infestation as well as the severity of the disease. Before treatment for mange is prescribed, your vet will perform diagnostic tests to determine if the signs and symptoms are indeed caused by mites. This is because generally, symptoms of mange can also be caused by other health issues. It’s important that you determine the cause of your cat’s skin issues before treating it to avoid complications.
Mange in cats can easily spread. Thus, the first thing to do when your cat has mange is to isolate it to prevent the mites from spreading and affecting other pets and humans. Your vet will most likely prescribe medication for your cat according to the type of mites that is causing the condition.
Medication for mange in cats can be given orally, via injections or applied directly on the cat’s skin. Doses and length of treatment depends on several factors, including the severity of the disease.
Oral medications such as Ivermectin may be prescribed to control the mite infestation and thus, eliminate the mange.
Ivermectin and Doramectin injections are also used to fight the mites that cause mange in cats. Doses are usually given once a week or once every two weeks depending on the severity of infestation. Recovery is usually fast with this treatment.
Your vet may also prescribe topical creams to apply on the affected area of your cat’s skin. Do remember to follow your vet’s directions for the best and most effective results.
Medicated shampoos and dips such as lime sulfur dips are common ways used to treat mange in cats. This is because it is one of the treatments that have the least side effects. Dips are carried out once or twice a week for about 6 weeks. The dip is left to dry naturally on the skin and fur of the cat.
Bathing a cat in dip is easier said than done as most cats do not like water. As dips can also be smelly and stain clothings, many cat owners choose to have the dips done at the vet to avoid the stress.
Your vet may also prescribe antibiotics if there are secondary skin infections. The course of antibiotics should be completed to ensure that your cat recovers completely.
Your vet will most probably perform skin scrapings every week or two to determine if the treatment is working.
It is important to note that medication, collars and dips that are safe for dogs may not be so for cats. Other medication should not be used on a long term or frequent basis. As such, it is always best to check with your vet before using over the counter mange treatments on your cat.
While complications are not common, they can arise. Watch out for worsening skin irritations when using dips.
Ivermectin can cause vomiting, diarrhea as well as neurologic symptoms. If Ivermectin is given with diluted propylene glycol, your cat should be monitored to avoid symptoms such as weakness, lethargy and rapid breathing that is associated with anemia.
If you can’t head to the vet immediately, some home remedies can help. Note that these remedies may only help provide some respite for your cat and should not be taken as a cure for mange.
Apple cider vinegar can help to kill mites and relieve itchiness. Mix 1 part water and 1 part apple cider vinegar and apply it directly to your cat’s skin. For internal treatment, you can add a teaspoon of it into your cat’s food daily.
These oils kill off the mites by suffocating them. It also helps to soothe the skin and moisturize scaly patches. Apply some directly on your cat’s skin but be careful that your cat does not leave oil marks on your furniture.
Garlic goldenseal will help get rid of mites and itchiness. Form a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of Goldenseal powder and ¼ cups of olive oil. Gently massage it into the cat’s skin, especially on the affected areas.
This remedy works by killing the mites that cause mange. Mix half a cup of Borax and 2 cups of 1% hydrogen peroxide and apply the solution on your cat’s coat. Allow the solution to dry naturally for best absorption. Your cat’s hair may get lighter as peroxide is a common ingredient used in teeth whitening and hair bleaching. This treatment should not be used long term.
Neem oil works wonders for dry, irritated skin. It is naturally antibacterial and antifungal and thus, will also help your cat’s skin to heal as quickly as possible. This natural remedy is gentle enough to be sprayed on all areas of your cat’s skin and hair. It is also mild enough to be used a few times a day.
Mange can easily reoccur if preventive steps are not taken to keep it at bay. Here are some precautions to ensure that your cat’s skin stays as healthy as possible.
If you suspect that your cat’s incessant scratching is caused by mites, it is best to head straight to the vet for a proper diagnosis. Treatment for mange in cats is usually quick and effective. You will see great improvement in your cat’s skin and the signs and symptoms of mange will stop in a few weeks. Do remember to always follow your vet’s instructions when giving your cat any medication.
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