I’m pretty sure my cat has mange, how can I treat it without going to the vet?

My cat has little scabs all around her neck, leading up to her ears. I just noticed it a couple weeks ago and thought it might be her scratching from dry skin. She’s actually not scratching any more than usual, but it seems to be getting worse. I really can’t afford a huge vet bill, is there anything I can do at home to help get rid of them?
Pls. don’t get the wrong idea, I love my cat, but I’m on a very fixed income. I called the vet and she said it’s probably not mange, that is very hard for cats to get, she thinks it’s probably a flea or tick she picked up and recommended I try Frontline first to see if that helps. If it doesn’t I’ll have no choice but to take her in. I appreciate all the help guys!!

I’m sorry, it just doesn’t work that way- you can’t decide your cat has mange without going to the vet’s office. Even if it was mange, the only thing that would treat it would be prescription medicines from the vet- there aren’t any home remedies that fix mange.

It is possible that your cat might have a low-grade flea infestation causing her to scratch and that could be causing the scabs. It’s also possible your cat has an allergy and is itchy for those reasons.

At the very least, please call the vet’s office and ask if they will accept a payment plan if the bill is more than you can afford. Call around, google a low cost vet, etc. But please don’t force your cat to be itchy and uncomfortable.