Feline scabies is caused by a tiny mite called Notoedres cati causing severe itching and hair lossing. Scabies mites often occur in winter, late autumn and early spring. Insufficient fiber exposure in these seasons makes cats dense and long, especially when the environmental sanitation conditions are poor and humid, mites are most suitable for development and reproduction, and cats will also be more susceptible to disease.
Symptoms of Feline Scabies
Cats infected with cat scabies are usually the first to develop lesions on the edge of the ear, and then quickly spread to the face, eyelids, and neck. Because cats often coil around the body when sleeping, and have the habit of washing their face, it usually causes The infection spread to the claws and perineum of the limbs. The affected part will have severe itching, hair removal, red skin, rash-like nodules, and yellow scab on the surface. In severe cases, the skin thickens and cracks. Sometimes the site of the disease is secondary to bacterial infection and purulent, turning into pustules or pyoderma.
Notoedres cati can infect cats of all ages, breeds, and colors. As a result of this mite being transmitted directly from cat to cat, it is more common in outdoor cats that come in contact with strays. The mite only lives a few days off of the cat, once it leaves the parasitic site, it will die within a few days, but during this process, it can infect other cats and even humans.
The Treatment of Feline Scabies
Once found an affected cat, you should isolate it and disinfecte throughout the whole house. Because many kinds of insecticides have toxic effects on cats, it is necessary to choose carefully when using medications to treat cat scabies. Clinically, Ivermectin or Selamectin can be used for treatment, and the effect is very obvious. If you don’t have the above two drugs, you can also use a sulfur-containing shampoo or soap to bathe your cat regularly (once a week).
In addition to the treatment of cats with obvious symptoms, cats with mite disease also need to be treated for cats that live in the same nest or in the same room. At the same time, the owner should pay great attention to personal hygiene and minimize direct contact with the affected cat. Gloves should be worn at the same time, the cat should be kept alone in the cage to avoid running around the house, so as to bring the scabies mites to other places in the room.
It is important to note that cats must not be allowed to go to bed or sofa to prevent them from spreading scabies to people. Insecticides can be sprayed on insects where cats have been moved, but other cats should be protected from poisoning. In short, we don’t have to worry too much about cat scabies, because its incidence in cats in China is not high, but we can’t take it lightly because it is a zoonotic disease, or affects human health.
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