Are you having trouble treating cat mange? There are a lot of other people that have the same problem. Countless numbers of household pets are ravaged by mites every year, it’s just one of those skin diseases that keeps getting worse if not nipped in the bud.
So what exactly is mange and why does it lead to hair loss on your cat? Well, this article is going to give you a close up look on the ins and outs of mange so that you know exactly how to stop it dead in its tracks.
So what exactly is mange? Mange is basically a skin infliction that is caused by a parasitic mite. This mite feeds off the skin of your pet. You might be wondering why you can’t physically see them and that’s because they are microscopic. You might be asking yourself how these small pests can cause so much grief to your cat, yet remain virtually unnoticed from our sight? Well that’s because these mites are parasitic – they feast off of their host’s flesh. They’re also powerful in their numbers, being able to reproduce rapidly and survive for 22 days.
This all sounds like a nightmare, so how do you prevent the condition from getting worse? Treating cat mange doesn’t have to be as difficult as you may first imagine. You need to begin treatment by giving your pet regular baths in a anti-parasitic shampoo to eradicate the mites. This approach works well when your pet is in the earlier stages of the disease. However, if the mites have spread rapidly and have been left unchecked for some time, they could have already gotten into places like the ear canal. This could lead to many complications.
You must check your cats ears for any signs that the mites have migrated into the ear canal. These signs may be extreme redness in the ear or even bleeding. This is one of the most serious problems associated with mites, as you must take action or your cat faces losing its hearing permanently. If you do discover extreme redness and bleeding you should call your vet to have them look at your pet to be on the safe side.
Most vets will begin treating cat mange within the ear with ear wax removal drops. The mites feed on the wax that is in the ear. By removing the wax your taking away the mites main food source. After the vet has flushed out all of the wax, the mites that were once making their habitat within the ear will be gone too. Whatever the symptom you think your cat is developing, you should always get a second opinion from a professional. By consulting your vet, you at least have the peace of mind that your cat is either fine, or needs looking at more closely. It can’t hurt to be on the safe side, so begin treating cat mange by consulting with your vet.