General information on Scabies
Scabies, or feline mange is caused by the Notoedres cati head mite. It is an uncommon, extremely contagious skin ailment. The disease can be transmitted to dogs and humans. Scabies may also affect the the genitalia and the skin of the cat's paws. The intense itching associated with Scabies in cats causes hair loss and bald spots. The lesions may become infected.
Symptoms of Scabies
Symptoms of Scabies in cats may include intense itching, hair loss, bald spots, red skin that appears raw, gray to yellow crusts around the edges of the ears, face and neck.
Treatments for Scabies
Treatment for Scabies may include dipping the cat in a lime-sulfur dip on a weekly basis and continuing about two weeks beyond an apparent cure. To loosen crusts, clip the affected areas and bathe the cat in warm water. If there are other cats in the household, they should also be dipped once a week for three to four weeks. Neomycin with cortisone can calm the itching. Panalog ointment or other such topical treatment should be applied to sores that appear to be infected.
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