Archive for October, 2010

My Dad’s neighbour’s cat has huge clumps in it’s fur is this likely to be mange?

I visited my Dad & was appalled to see his neighbour’s cat who has many clumps of matted fur on her back. She’s a black medium length coat cat appx 18 yrs old. Neighbour claims she’s taken the cat to the vet but that the vet said it was mange and the cat needs her fur clipped but is too old to undergo the anaesthetic that would be needed to do this. I have severe doubts that the cat ever saw a vet & something about this doesn’t ring true – from what I’ve seen on the web, mange usually causes itching and hairloss, neither of which this cat has. To me she just looks like she needs a good grooming and her hair clipped professionally.
The cat in general is poorly treated in my opinion. She’s never allowed into the house except to eat and is left outside in all weathers. I had concerns about this cat previously but on seeing her tonight I am seriously considering making a formal report to the SSPCA. Any experts out there that can advise as to whether this does sound like mange?

Mange is normally a balding of the fur and very sore skin. Sounds to me like she needs a good brush and maybe a clipping, but if the owners are not going to maintain her coat it would probably be a waste of time.
Report the owners I would.


can my cat get mange because i was playing with a mangey cat?

I was babysitting for a friend today and went over the neighbors and one of their cats has mange. the cat was all over me, and the neighbor assured me it wasn’t contagious but i’ve seen on the internet that it is? I’m worrying because I don’t want my cat to catch it, ’cause we don’t have the money right now to get him to the vet if he does.

It depends what mange it is, but yes mange is contagious! You should watch out for yourself aswell as it can get into your clothes and spread anywhere. Also, some mange is spreadable to humans.


Cat mange?

My vet says my cat has allergies, I think it may be cat mange, he scratches alot, wiskers are very short and he has bald spots, he eats science diet food, i have change to natural organic food, nothing helps, what does mange look like and how do i treat it with going to my vet who I think is an idiot. Can’t afford to see a new vet at this time or I would do that. Any suggestions? He is an indoor cat at night and I put out during the day . I really love him, and don’t want he see him suffer, he cleans himself and purrs, but he is ugly looking, Help!

ALLERGIES IS A GOOD CHOICE BUT WAS HE CHECKED FOR RINGWORM? IF NOT DO SO. CATS ARE PRONE TO RINGWORM AND WILL CAUSE THE HAIR TO FALL OUT, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU OR OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE CAN GET.


Can my cats get mange from a dog that was at my house?

This girl i know told me she was bringing her dog over, she brings it here, has it on my bed and all over in my room. then tells me she thinks it has mange. i have other cats in the house and im worried about the areas the dog was laying and whatnot. are my cats at risk here? what precautions should i take to make sure they dont get mange?

You really don’t know what the dog has, so you don’t know if your cats are at risk or not. There area certain types of mange that cats can get (sarcoptic??). Can you get Revolution in Singapore? That is an off-label treatment for many types of bugs – it’s listed as preventing bites from fleas, mites, mosquitoes, and certain internal parasites, but is also effective against ticks and other ‘bugs’. I’d also be washing (in very hot water) my bedspread and bedding 🙁 If you can’t get Revolution, ask the vet for advice about what sorts of dips you can get for your cats. This is really a case of prevention, but it’s a whole lot easier to prevent potentially communicable diseases than to treat them in a multi-cat household after the fact.