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How To Treat Mange In Cats

Mange is a skin disease caused by several species of tiny arachnids called mites. Mange is actually more common in dogs, but it can occur in cats. Scabies is a type of mange seen in humans and is caused by a mite called Sarcoptes scabei. When this mite parasitizes a cat, the result is called feline sarcoptic mange. Other mites that affect cats include Notredes cats, Demodex gatoi, and D. cati. An affected cat will typically show such symptoms as restlessness and itching. They will scratch themselves to try to relieve the itching and develop hair loss. Mange usually affects the cat’s face and ears but can spread to the rest of their body.

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Isolate Affected Cat

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After the vet has diagnosed mange, the first step is to isolate the affected cat to make it certain it doesn’t transmit the disease to other pets – or to you. You will thus need to set up a safe room that is both cat-proofed and can be closed off from the rest of the house. You should then furnish the safe room with everything your cat needs – after cleaning or replacing them, that is. The safe room should thus include your cat’s bed, litter tray, food and water dishes, toys, and scratching post. Your cat should stay in the safe room until the vet says they can be released. The vet will monitor the cat’s progress during treatment by taking skin scrapings every one or two weeks. The cat is usually considered cured if two consecutive scrapings produce no evidence of mites. If your cat had a severe case, the vet may recommend a week or two of further treatments to be on the safe side.

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