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What is Notoedric Mange?

Notoedric mange is a zoonotic disease, which means that it can spread from animals to people. If you suspect your cat has notoedric mange, wear gloves when handling them and take them to the vet immediately. If left untreated, notoedric mange will spread throughout the cat’s body and may spread to yourself or your family.

Notoedric mange, commonly known as feline scabies, is a rare, extremely contagious condition caused by the Notoedres cati mite. The disease is characterized by severe itching and a crusty appearance of the skin, particularly around the head, ears, and neck. Notoedric mange is more commonly diagnosed in outdoor cats, especially those living in certain “hot spot” areas, such as southern California and the Florida Keys.

Symptoms of Notoedric Mange in Cats

Notoedric mange is tremendously painful for cats. Pets affected by the condition will scratch their skin incessantly and may cause sores. Seek immediate veterinary attention if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Crusty scabs or sores around the head, ears, and neck
  • Scabs spreading to the stomach, feet, or tail
  • Excessive, severe itching and grooming
  • Thick and/or yellow skin
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Hair loss
  • Signs of pain

Remember to be careful when handling an infected cat, as the disease can transmit to humans and other animals via touch. (The disease is not as severe or long-lasting in humans as in cats, but will cause incredible discomfort.) If you have several cats or other pets in your household, it may be a good idea to take them all to the vet to ensure the infection hasn’t spread. 

Causes of Notoedric Mange in Cats

The primary cause of Notoedric mange is an infestation of Notoedres cati mites. Your cat may come across these mites organically through outdoor activity or by contact with an infected cat. Notoedres cati lay their eggs beneath the skin, which hatch within three to four days. The mites can sometimes reach adulthood in as little as twelve days. Symptoms begin to appear within a month. There are no breed, sex, or age predispositions for developing the condition.

Diagnosis of Notoedric Mange in Cats

Your vet will make a tentative diagnosis based on presentation of symptoms. Be sure to inform your vet of your cat’s recent outdoor activity, contact with other cats, and whether or not you have any other cats or children in your household. Your vet will make a definitive diagnosis by taking a skin scraping and examining it under a microscope. Notoedres cati usually show up very clearly on a slide.

Treatment of Notoedric Mange in Cats

Thankfully, a variety of treatment methods exist for notoedric mange. Your vet will be able to recommend the best course of treatment based on your cat’s specific needs. 

The preferred course of treatment for most cases of notoedric mange is an injection of ivermectin, as it is a fast-acting and efficient antiparasitic agent. The injection will be administered weekly or biweekly for four weeks. Another antiquated (albeit effective) treatment method is the use of lime-sulfur dips once every seven days for eight weeks. However, lime-sulfur dips have fallen out of favor with both pet owners and vets, as cats tend to dislike bathing and the dips cause discoloration of the coat.

There are a few topical treatments – including selamectin and moxidectin – that manage the symptoms of notoedric mange. However, these medications are primarily used as flea treatments and have not been FDA approved for treating notoedric mange. This is largely due to the rarity of the condition and the cost of pursuing FDA approval. Your vet may also prescribe specially medicated shampoos to help manage the condition.

Recovery of Notoedric Mange in Cats

Recovery and prognosis are generally excellent following treatment. Always follow your vet’s post-treatment instructions carefully. Ensure that all cats in your household have been treated for Notoedric mange. Never use any shampoos or topical treatments made for human use unless explicitly instructed to do so by your vet. These may burn the skin or worsen the condition.

You will need to employ preventative measures to ensure your cat does not experience reinfection. You may want to limit your cat’s outdoor activity, particularly if you live in a “hot spot” area. If the other cats or pets in your household are free from infection, you will need to isolate the infected cat until treatment has concluded.

Your vet will schedule weekly or bi-weekly follow-up appointments to administer the ivermectin injections and monitor the condition. If you think the infection has spread to you or another person in your household, consult your primary care physician. Although extremely unlikely, contact your vet immediately if your cat’s condition does not seem to be improving following treatment.

Notoedric Mange Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Feral kitten
5 to 6 weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

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Can humans contract feline mange by accidentally petting an infected cat but washing hands immediately afterwards. I was able to pick up a feral kitten and pet it before realizing that it had mange.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Most types of mange mites are species specific so wouldn’t affect humans, in the odd case that there is any irritation it is usually short lived and self limiting; when it comes to feral animals I always carry a pair of latex gloves wherever I go just in case I come into contact with an animal needing assistance (or just petting). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Feral kittens
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Falling fur, scratching, black dots

Is Texas a hotspot for Notoedric Mange? I read it is only common in certsin regions of the US but I have feral kittens on my patio here in Dallas that look lime they have it. I see black dots inside their ears and on their heads. Thete sre lines of fur missing in vsrious parts of their bodies as well as pat hes of missing fur in other areas. Have been able to pick two up and am worried about co tracting them and passing them to my indoor dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3320 Recommendations
Notoedres cati is a rare occurrence in cats, but Texas is part of the geographical distribution; Otodectes cynotis is the more common variety of ear mites (which may also affect the body too) which has similar symptoms to Notoedres cati. I would recommend having your Veterinarian take a look, but with feral cats that may not be an option; you could try treatment with Revolution for cats (contains selamectin) which would also help cover other mites and external parasites. Ensure that your dog receives regular spot on treatments. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Can humans contract it or any type of feline mange?

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