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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…..


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.

Canine & Feline Diseases : Causes of Facial Hair Loss in Puppies

Facial hair loss in puppies can be caused by mange, whether it be demodectic mange or sarcoptic mange, or allergies, which can be food, plastic or environmental allergies. Understand what can cause facial hair loss in puppies with helpful information from an experienced veterinarian in this free video on pet health.

Expert: James Talbott
Bio: Dr. James R. Talbott is a staff veterinarian at Belle Forest Animal Hospital and Kennel in Nashville, Tenn.
Filmmaker: Dimitri LaBarge

Duration : 0:1:50

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Can outside cats/dogs get mange in the dead of winter?

I have some ferrel cats that I feed. I have noticed that one of them is losing some fur back by his butt. New fur is growing in. Someone said it was mange. Can mange live on cats and dogs in the dead of winter? What am I going to do if it is mange? I can’t catch this cat, he’s wild! He sure isn’t going to sit still for a bath!

I think that it can. Mange is caused by a mite, so just like having fleas, it would probably continue into winter time. With ferals there’s not much you can do except trap them and try and find a vet that will provide them care. Not all vets will treat ferals. You might call the local shelters and vets and see if they know of anything that you can do. Maybe something you can put in the food?

It could also be where they had an abscess or bite. Cats usually lose the fur around this area, and then it grow back in. Without actually seeing the area on the cat it’s hard to say what it might be.

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