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What is mange in cats?
What is mange in cats?
Mange is caused by a skin disease in cats called mange. It’s actually an ectoparasite problem, with the mange mites living on the cats fur. There are many different types of mange, and they can look very different. We’re not going to focus on the different types of mange, but I will go through the main symptoms, causes and treatments for mange in cats.
Feline mange can be very painful
Mange is a skin disease in cats caused by a condition called dermatophilosis (cat mange). The mange mites live on your cat’s skin, and cause a large amount of irritation. It’s a very contagious disease, and your cat can spread the mange to you and other cats. Mange is a very contagious disease, and spreading it can be very stressful for your cat.
Itchy ears, sores, bumps and scabs
A common symptom of mange in cats is itchy ears, along with bald patches, sores and bumps, and scabs. In some cases the bald patches can affect the entire head, and the entire body. If your cat is scratching at its ears, or the bald patches, this is a sign that the mange mites have been feeding on your cat. This can cause irritation, bumps, and red and painful skin lesions.
The body areas most commonly affected by mange mites in cats are the ears and tail. So when your cat scratches at its ear, or has bumps and scabs on its head and tail, this is a sure sign of mange. This is how mange in cats looks:
Itchy ears, bald patches, sores and scabs, and bumps
Scratching, scratching, scratching
The mange mites live on your cat, but as they multiply they also scratch and irritate their host. Cats often find it very hard to relax, and enjoy themselves. The scratching, and general stress, causes severe itching, which can be incredibly uncomfortable for your cat.
Sometimes it takes only a few scratching episodes for your cat to develop lesions. If your cat isn’t scratching, and simply feels very stressed, this could be a sign that your cat is infected with mange. You should seek veterinary advice in these cases.
Mange mites are a common parasite in cats. They can sometimes be transmitted to people, however people who have a weak immune system are more likely to develop the disease. If your cat has mange mites, you may notice that it is very stressed. There may be bald patches on its head and tail. It may scratch at its ears, and even scratch and irritate its mouth, and feet.
Mange mites in cats live in hair follicles, but they may also infest the skin. They do this by making the skin very sensitive, and itchy. This can cause bumps and lesions, sores and scabs, as well as itching, scratching, and stress. When a cat has mange mites, it will sometimes bite its own tail, to try and scratch at the affected skin.
In mange, the skin gets damaged by the mites. This causes the skin to become thin, soggy, and easily damaged by scratching. Eventually, scabs may form, and the cat’s hair may become infected and fall out. In severe cases, the cat may lose patches of hair all over its body. It may lose fur too. If you spot any of these symptoms in your cat, it needs to see a vet.
The mites often leave the cat feeling stressed and very uncomfortable. This can cause your cat to lose its appetite, and have painful stomach pain. Some of the symptoms of mange mites in cats may include:
Severe skin lesions
If your cat is very stressed, you should speak to your vet, who will give you advice and treatment for your cat. In severe cases, mange can cause your cat to become seriously ill.
It is always important to keep any pet indoors. If your cat is outdoors, you will need to be very careful that he or she does not lick other cats or cats’ fur. Cats are extremely sensitive to other cats’ and cats’ fur, so they cannot cope with being outside and living in a cat-infested environment.
The best way to spot a cat that is affected by mange is to keep an eye out for any signs of the condition in your cat. This can include a change in your cat’s attitude, his or her scratching habits, or a change in your cat’s skin.
To find out more about mange mites in cats, contact your vet or your local pet shelter.
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