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Feline Scabies/mange in indoor cats…please help!?

I have five cats in my household, which are separated into 2 groups….two older cats who live in the main living areas, and 3 that are in a shared bedroom. They are like this because they cannot get along. The two older (and i mean older, one is 19 and the other is 12) have no claws while the 3 younger ones do…the younger ones are very dominate and agressive toward other cats so this is just the living arrangement.

They all are indoor cats. None of them are outdoor kitties. They never go outside, but they do sit near open windows or doors but cannot get out due to screens.

Two of the three kitties (who are brothers) that are in the bedroom have these round little scabs near their tail, between their shoulder blades, and on the tops of their head. I have taken them to the vet a couple of years ago with this same problem but it just ended up being nothing more than scabbing from scratching, but nothing serious. No mange, no nothing. The third kitty doesn’t have this, even though they all live, eat and sleep together. He is not related at all, so i don’t know if he may have a different skin reaction because of different genetics.

So my question is this (and i’m trying to be detailed for you as possible to possibly diagnose the issue):

Is it possible for indoor cats to get mange? We do have a dog that obviously goes outside, so could he possibly bring it in and give it to the indoor kitties?

I don’t think they have mange, because they are not going bald from itching, by any means whatsoever. And they are not itching insessintly, so is this possible?

Also, i know that a particular kind of scabies/mange can be transmitted to human beings, and if you know any of these symptoms of animal to human scabies could you let me know…..

Thanks!

Did they ever check for Ring worm? Perfectly round, scabby, hairless patches could be one of 50 types of ring worm. And NO, Ring Worm isnt worms, Its fungus. Depending on which type it is it can be passed to humans. Some ring worm is more difficult that others to get rid of. Some types can just be killed off with pills while others require repeated dips and washes. I would have them check for that first, then if they scraped for mange I doubt its that. Might be stress related since there are 3 cats confined to one room and having to share with cats they dont like. I would find a way to alternate the cats in order to give them more interaction than just a room. Its hard I understand but thats no fair to all 5 cats.

DO NOT SPRAY DESENEX on a cats wounds. What that person just advised is very stupid. If she got that advice from Yahoo that’s craziness… a vet would not prescribe it. YOU NEED TO FIND OUT IF ITS RINGWORM FIRST before spraying an ANTIFUNGAL for a HUMAN FOOT FUNGUS infection. Yes that’s whats Desenex is for. Jock Itch and Athletes foot. NOT FOR CAT RINGWORM. Its very toxic and can cause liver damage if over exposed or licked from the coat. Get a vets diagnosis first and get the meds from him please. RING WORM is NOT genetic and is she had gone to vet he could have told her this. Its a FUNGUS infection and its CONTAGIOUS. Meaning if one has it then all can get it, including you. If you have a Woods lamp or a Black light you can turn off the lights and having it as dark as possible. Run it over the spots. If they glow its ring worm for sure.


My dog has Demotic Mange an seems depressed after his dip?

MY DOG HAS DEMOTIC MANGE AN HE JUST GOT DIP FOR IT 2 DAYS AGO . THE MANGE IS EVERYWHERE THE WORST PLACE IS ON HIS HEAD HE SCRATHED IT SO BAD IT LOOK LIKE YOU CAN ALMOST SEE HIS SKULL HE USE TO BE SO HAPPY AN JOLLY AFTER THE DIP ALL HE DO IS SLEEP SOME TIMES HE DONT EVEN EAT.WHATS GOIN ON HE IS A PITBULL MIX BREED. HE DONT EVEN WANNA GO OUTSIDE NO MORE HE IS 4 MONTHES HE WAS BORN ON MAY 30TH . ANYBODY KNOW WHAT I NEED TO DO HIS WHOLE BODY HURT HE DONT EVEN WANT ME TO TOUCH HIM.I AM GIVIN HIM BENODRYL TO RELIEVE THE ITCH HE JUST SLEEPS ALL DAY . HE SO DEPRESS ANYBODY KNO WHATS WRONG AN THERE ARE BIG BUMPS WITH PUS COMING OUT THE BLOOD IS ALL OVER HIS HEAD I CANT EVEN WIPE IT HE WONT LET ME I NEED HELP RITE NOW URGENT.HOW LONG DO IT TAKE FOR THE DIP TO START WORKING AN WHEN WILL HIS WOUNDS HEAL THATS THE WORST PART HIS OPEN WOUNDS HELP PLZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS. HE JUST A LITTLE PUPPY HE SHOULD NOT BE GOIN THREW THIS
i took him to the vet they said they cant give him a atibiotic because he was just deworm not to long ago an his body real hot i think he has a fever along with the mange an allergies someone give me advice an help plzzzzzzz thank you
he dont wanna play he just laydown all day it was a few open sour when they dip him yes he is in alot of pain but he is strong even doe he is sick when a dog bark on the tv he still will bark back alittle bit he dont run he dont play he just sleeps he eats penut butter doe

try finding a different vet. i cant believe there are vets that still use mitaban dips. there are way better treatments available. my vet uses oral ivermectin, an antibiotic, and an oral antioxidant.

your vet told you the dog could not have antibiotics because it was recently dewormed? thats a load of crap. find a different vet. as far as your puppy being depressed, its from the dip. the dip is sulfur based and can burn, irritate, and dry out the skin. it also can cause pets not to feel well.


I was only asking because my dog zoey has demodectic mange and someone suggested?

diluting hydrogen peroxide and putting it with 20 Mule Team borax for a cure. I have taken her to the vet so I know what she has I just dont have the $117.00 per dip its going to take to get rid of it. Anyway the dip stuff is only $25.00 but he will not perscribe it for me. The Vet. Im guessing its all about the money.

Try contacting a different veterinarian who might have cheaper prices. Be sure to bring your records from the previous vet which prove that your dog does have demodex, so they don’t have to do a second skin scraping. You can also ask your local animal shelter, Humane Society, or SPCA if they offer low cost veterinary care. The only way to get rid of Demodex is with treatment from a Veterinarian. There are no magic over the counter fixes.

*dogs can get domodex in other ways than just from their mother. Demodex mites naturally live on a dogs skin, but if they are immune suppressed the mites can take over, causing irritation. A lot of times puppies get demodex while they are in an animal shelter, not from their mother, but just from the stress on their immune system from being in the shelter.


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