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What are Skin Mite Dermatitis?

Mange is caused by the microscopic parasite known as the mite. These very small parasites live on the skin and in the hair follicles of felines, but do not usually feed on the animal’s blood like other external parasites. In fact, some mites are considered normal residents of many mammalian species and their host’s immune system keeps them in balance, preventing them from taking over. However, when the immune system drops due to illness, one of the five species of mites takes over and skin mite dermatitis is soon to develop.

Skin mite dermatitis in cats is known to both the veterinary world and the general public as mange. Cats are highly susceptible to several types of mange, including demodicosis, trombiculosis, cheyletiellosis, otodectic and notoedric mange. Each form of mange is highly contagious, causing dermatitis symptoms of skin inflammation, alopecia, and pruritus. Mange commonly affects the very old, very young or otherwise unhealthy groups of felines, but other cats could be carrying the mange parasite with no sign of mange. 

Symptoms of Skin Mite Dermatitis in Cats

Skin mite dermatitis is extremely pruritic to the feline and will cause the cat to scratch the skin vigorously. Depending on the species of mite affecting the feline, skin mite dermatitis might affect the ears, head, neck, abdomen, foot pads or entire body of the cat. If a feline is infected with ear mites, symptoms of head shaking, pawing at the ears, bloody ears (due to scratching), swelling of the ears and ear infections will all be noted. Mite species-specific symptoms of skin mite dermatitis in cats includes:

  • Feline Scabies: skin crusts and hair loss. 
  • Ear mites: The inner ear will appear dirty with dark debris that resembles coffee grounds. 
  • Walking Dandruff: dandruff-like skin crusts and small bumps along the skin. 
  • Feline Demodicosis: hair loss and fluid-filled sores. 
  • Trombiculosis: these mites can be viewed as orange ovals on the skin that are usually clustered together. Common symptoms include skin crusts, hair loss, skin bumps and redness. 

Types

Trombiculosis 

Trombiculosis is a type of mange caused by the larval-stage parasite known as Trombiculidae. Trombiculidae are one of the few mites that will feed on the feline around the abdomen, feet pads, ears and head. A cat can contract this parasite by laying in the dirt. 

Feline Demodicosis

Feline demodicosis is a type of mange caused by either the Demodex cati mite or the Demodex gatoi mite. The demodex mite is often a normal, non-hazardous skin mite of the feline but can cause problems in sick cats. 

Cheyletiellosis (Walking Dandruff)

Cheyletiellosis is commonly called walking dandruff due to the mite’s dandruff-like appearance. Cheyletiellosis is caused by the Cheyletiella blakei mite, which is a common parasite in multi-cat households. 

Otodectic Mange (Ear Mites)

Otodectic mange is caused by the Otodectes cynotis mite, but this mite is commonly known as the ear mite since it only infests a feline’s ear. 

Notoedric Mange (Feline Scabies) 

Notoedric mange is caused by the Notoedres cati mite. Although quite rare, feline scabies is a highly contagious disease that causes the skin to crust, favorable to the upper portions of the body.  

Causes of Skin Mite Dermatitis in Cats

Skin mite dermatitis in cat is caused by an infestation of a species of mite that is host-specific to felines. Trombiculidae, Demodex cati, Demodex gatoi, Cheyletiella blakei, Otodectes cynotis, or the Notoedres cati mite can all cause skin mite dermatitis in cats. Unlike other external parasites that spend half of their life cycle in the environment, mites spend their entire lives on their host. The only exception is the Trombiculidae mite, as this mite does live in the environment, infecting felines at their larval life. However, all other mites are usually transmitted to one feline to another through direct contact. Nursing queens often transmit skin mites to their kittens, causing skin mite dermatitis as kittens have a weak immune system. Multi-cat household and cats living in breeding facilities, pet stores, or shelters are at a high risk for contracting a type of skin mite.

Diagnosis of Skin Mite Dermatitis in Cats

Skin mite dermatitis in cat can be identified through the symptoms on a physical exam. Mites that are affecting the cat’s skin can be identified through the process of a skin scraping. A skin scraping is a simple test of scraping the top layer of the skin, removing particles to view underneath the microscope. Ear mites will require a swab of the ear and microscopic view for identification.

Treatment of Skin Mite Dermatitis in Cats

Some cats recover from skin mite dermatitis without treatment, but severe cases and cats that are in poor health must receive medical treatment to recover. A common treatment veterinarians use is a lime sulfur dip that the cat is dipped into approximately 1-2 times per week over a month’s time. Mites that are localized in the ears will need to be cleaned out and treated with prescribed drops. 

Recovery of Skin Mite Dermatitis in Cats

The recovery outlook for a cat suffering from whole-body skin mite dermatitis depends on her overall health. Follow your veterinarian’s treatment plan and bring the cat back into the clinic if symptoms worsen, or you do not see an improvement. Preventing re-infestation of mites can be a challenge, but the best preventative method is keeping your feline’s environment clean and keeping her away from potential carriers.

Skin Mite Dermatitis Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Heath
Maine Coon
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Severe itching and biting of skin

Hello. I took my cat to the vets in May. I thought they may have fleas since they have once before. I told the vet to check for mites as well since their was no fleas. All he did was check the ears not the body. I’m now so scared because my cats won’t stop itching and neither can I. I went to a basic web MD and they said I had scabies. My prescription worked but every time I sleep with my cats I wake up itching with more bites. Why would the vet not check for skin mites?

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Jinx
Orange and white long haired
6 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hair loss, scratching, licking

I've had my cat since he was a baby, hes never been around other animals since we've got him, and had never been outside. I noticed a couple days ago he had a big bald spot on his side and this morning I was checking to see if he had anymore. Well sure enough his fur on the back of his neck started balding. He doesn't have any scabs,spots,or bleeding, but all hes been doing recently is scratching,licking, and winning to be held/rubbed. In the last couple weeks hes also been standing at the door meowing then if we dont open it he starts clawing at the door, eventually he stops. I dont know what he has thats making him act this way and making his hair fall out.

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Millie
Shorthair
1 Year
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Mange
Fleas

My cat has had fleas for awhile now . I have tried treating the fleas with Capstar and other topical treatments . She now has a patch on her ear above her eye that has grown larger over the period of a few weeks . I'm very afraid that it is going to stretch into her eye . I think it could possibly be mange or a flea allergy . I can't at the moment afford a huge vet bill and would like to care of her the best I can before I have to take her into the vet . Any advice helps .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally fleas, tick and mites are controlled with topical spot on treatments, however when an animal is affected the treatment is different depending on the specific type of mite; you should give Millie a good bath with a flea shampoo and apply Revolution (selamectin) to her to cover fleas and some mites, monitor her for improvement. If there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian regardless of cost. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/integumentary-system/mange/mange-in-dogs-and-cats

Neem oil is amazing got rid of mites on my dog and cat. I delute it with coconut oil 1-1 and just massage on the pet where’ the mites are! Its amazing.

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Uma
Calico
4 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Ear mites
Red Bumps
Alopecia
mange mites

Medication Used

Advantage Multi for Cats
Otomite Plus

Hi, I have two kittens that are about 4 months old and I recently took one of them to my vet when I started noticing the missing fur and red spots around her ears. He diagnosed her with both ear mites and mange mites, which I assume is feline scabies. I asked him if it was contagious both to me and my other kitten and he informed me that it wasn't. I've spent a fair amount of time looking it up online, and it seems that what he told me was false. He also said that the mange was extremely common and easy to get rid of, but now I'm seeing online how I need to complete disinfect my bedding and everything in the studio apartment I live in. I would just like to know which is right. I understand he is a professional and the internet is, well, the internet. In your personal opinion should I disinfect my entire apartment, and am I and my other kitten at risk for getting these mites?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is a disconnect between what Veterinarians may say and some ‘self proclaimed experts’ on internet forums and many times the latter is incorrect; I always recommend that people avoid forums and to reference reputable sources like our website or the online Merck Veterinary Manual (at vet school we called it the good book since the physical version resembles a bible). Some types of mites may affect humans like sarcoptic mange and all feline mites would affect your other cat; again some types of mites would result in the need to treat your environment (bedding, furniture etc…). I’ve added two links below to the Merck Veterinary Manual on mites. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/cat-owners/skin-disorders-of-cats/mite-infestation-mange,-acariasis,-scabies-of-cats www.msdvetmanual.com/integumentary-system/mange/mange-in-dogs-and-cats

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Sammy, daisy, khya
Tabby mix,tuxedo, calico
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Medication Used

mange wash lime sulfur dip
mange wash
mange wash lime sulfur dip and oth

Hello I have three cats two females one male my mail is a tuxedo and my females one is a dilute tortoiseshell and the other one is coloring and like a Maine Coon bobcat mix they're all indoor cats except the Maine coon I did get her in the spray in March she was a stray that I picked up and have it checked out and everything was fine few months after that I noticed that there was some stuff going on my cat like there was these white hairlike things that would come out of his fur and he was itching a lot so I thought maybe with a Bayer quad dewormer and gave them all flea bath well it didn't help nothing stopped and then I noticed that there was things happening in my home that was unexplainable like these hairs were getting on things and they were multiplying or I noticed them in my hair and I was getting itchy ear and itchy or more at night time and to the point where I ended up buying my house I ended up doing everything you can think of my cats have had numerous revolutions they've had mange washes they've had everything you can think of but I don't know how to treat my home so I never knew what to do and still don't the vet never gave a true diagnosis but treated them for parasites now mind you like I said this is now in my hair and in my children's hair and it looks like like white hairs there iridescent looking the clear but yet they're not clear I don't know what these are I took my child to the hospital to get help because of this because they bite and it hurts and I don't know what to do to kill them and they took my kids from me told me I was crazy please if somebody knows what this is please help me I can't get it to go away it's relentless

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Napoleon
Persian
7 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Licking

My cat wont stop licking the back of one hind leg. I have flea bomed, given him comfortis and fronyline plus. I have applied a bitering agent to his leg, cortizone, baby neosporin. I have changed his diet and nothing seems to stop him from licking his leg everyday. His leg is bald and whenever it starts growing again, he licks it bald again. His hind leg id always wet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what the specific underlying cause of the licking is; it is possible that Napoleon has a small injury, sprain, foreign object or something else which is causing irritation leading to the licking. You should ideally place a cone on him to prevent him from licking the area and bathe the area twice per day until the hair starts to grow back. You should visit your Veterinarian for a thorough examination of the leg to determine if there is an injury or other issue there which may be addressed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I am looking for a home rememdy or an ear drops from a pharmacy or the likes

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Merry Christmas
Demestic
14 Years
Mild condition
-1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Ear mites

We are treating ear mites with pro labs ear mites it’s working been cleaning her ears daily & treatment for 12 days she got better but after 4 days she is sacking her her head again .. we are cleaning out daily and putting on just outside the ear & hair Around the ear.
Is this good or not

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In addition to cleaning out her ears, you should also ensure that Merry Christmas is given a topical spot on treatment for ectoparasites like Revolution (selamectin) which is effective in treating and controlling ear mites. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.zoetisus.com/_locale-assets/mcm-portal-assets/products/pdf/revolution-prescribing-information.pdf

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Nic and Lacey
Mixed Breed From Animal Control
5 Years
Serious condition
2 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss
scratching
Flaky skin
Licking

I have two strictly indoor cats, one male and one female, and both scratch and lick themselves it seems more than usual. Nic scratches his ears and licks his lower back and forearms, but I don't see any hair loss, only white flakes on his back. Lacey on the other hand, scratches her ears, her side, chews her paws, and has licked her right forearm bare to the point that I can see where it's starting to bleed. I haven't seen any dirt from fleas or any other parasite (visible to the eye). I don't know what's wrong with them... do they have fleas, mites, ticks, allergies? I'd like to treat them myself because I can't afford the vet bill. I know it's difficult for you to say without examining them yourself, but I'd appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks in advance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Parasites, allergies, infections, chemical irritants, other irritants (new detergents or cleaning products) among other causes may lead to these symptoms; you should review any changes you made in your home before the symptoms presented like different food, new cleaning products or new pieces of furniture (once saw an indoor cat get fleas from a rug from a market). Bathe them both with a sensitive shampoo and treat them for fleas with a topical spot-on product; monitor them but if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your quick response Dr. Turner.

Wow, I would've never thought about fleas being on rugs or clothing for that matter, that you buy!

I haven't made any changes in my home or with their food. I forgot to mention that I put Advantage on them ten days ago but it doesn't seem to be helping. When you said to bathe them in a "sensitive" shampoo, do you mean pet shampoo or one used for people? I'm also going to use an essential oil combo from Wondercide Natural Products to see if that helps (after bathing them).

Thanks again for your help.

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Todd
tabby
10 Weeks
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Baldness

Medication Used

Ivermectin

My kitten was diagnosed with scabies I have another cat but he shoes no symptoms and had had two doses of revolution.
Will my kitten lose hair because he has patches that look healed and is no longer scratching it it possible all the mites were killed with one sulfer dip and ivermectin

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Your kitten may lose hair as the mites are dying, yes, that is quite common with Scabies. If he seems to be improving and his hair is growing back, you may have gotten rid of the mite. It would be best to see your veterinarian, as we typically treat past the point where mites are present, and they may want to do a test to see if the mites are still there.

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Puffy
long hair
4 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

scratching
Hair Loss
Licking

I have a long hair white kitty that has pulled the hair off her tail every fall. She struts around like it should look that way ha ha Anyhow about a year ago she started fur mowing and now she has little hair on the inside of her back legs, tail and the lower 1/2 of her abdomen. We took her to the vet and they gave her a steroid shot but it made her very sick and we had to go back the next day to get another shot to stop her from vomiting. The next visit they put her on prozac but that didn't help either. I purchased a product that you can put in their water that had no taste but that has helped little. The vet said he didn't see evidence of mites but I feel so bad for her. We have her on grain free food and stopped snacks to try to figure out if she was allergic to grains but??? Puffy has always been the "special needs" spastic cat but she seems miserable. I feel like a bad owner because I can't help her. Any suggestions?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your question. Without examining her, I can't diagnose anything, but I would make sure that she is on flea control very regularly, every month, whether you see fleas or not - many animals are very sensitive to one bite from a flea, and will have allergies as a result. Many of the topical products that are available from your veterinarian also treat Demodex mites, and many cats have undiagnosed Demodex. That would be first on my list. She seems to have a seasonal component to her behavior, from what you describe, so it is possible that she has seasonal allergies. There are medications available other than steroids to treat allergies, and she may benefit from that therapy. Those possible treatments may have already been considered by you and your veterinarian, but those are possibilities that you didn't mention in your email that would be worth discussing with your veterinarian if you haven't already. I hope that you are able to find a solution.

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Coondog
Maincoon
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scratching and shaking his head

My cat is shaking and scratching his left ear there is a lot ofb brown debris in his ear it's mostly his left but he will scratch his right. He has his left ear bleeding. I thought it might be ear mites I have been treating him with over the counter medication.but haven't been real consistent with it. he's a maine coon and he's hard to kind of hold down so do you think I'm doing the right thing

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats can have mites, or infections with yeast or bacteria. He may need a prescription medication, and it sounds like it is getting worse and quite painful. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they can look at his ears and get him the right medications.

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Mia
Siamese
9 Years
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Petting her she nibbles front paws
If u pet her she nibbles on front l

My cat grooms and grooms herself when you run your hand through her fur you can feel rough spots like scabs but it's not scabs little bit of dandruff when I comb her more dandruff comes and it snags on what ever is on her skin. Inside cat no diet change. I do have a puppy that came to live with us (My daughter) and feel grooming more med more is maybe caused her stress from the puppy he is 1 1/2 years old

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1607 Recommendations
Without examining Mia, I can't determine what might be going on with her skin, unfortunately. She may have a bacterial infection, a parasite, or an allergy, among other things. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian to have her skin evaluated, as they will be able to see her and determine what might be causing this change. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Kitty Kit
mixed
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss
Some weight loss

My cat is loosing his hair down both back legs and above tail some spots above stomach there aren't any scabs or soars he grooms and scratches some . He is an inside / outside cat he got into a fight with another cat about 2 months ago that caused him to go to vet so he got rabies shots at same time . Then I used Heartz flea and tick medicine down the back of his neck soon after he started loosing his hair as I told you . He eats regular and normal . As he does go outside he also eats mice then gets to full comes in and eats some food then throws it up he gets hairball medicine regularly .If u can tell me something or around about it .

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The cause of the hair loss may be due to a hormonal condition like Cushing’s Disease, paraneoplastic alopecia or psychogenic alopecia. Psychogenic alopecia is quite common and is caused by excessive licking of the hind limbs and lower back; it is easy to diagnose by looking at the remaining hair under a microscope as the ends will be a distinctive shape. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ruflu
Persian
2 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bald spots

Persian kitten 2 weeks old had mites and fleas when she came. The vet gave him a medicated bath and all of it was washed away. Since last two weeks he has began losing his hair from back to tail and now neck with bald spots seen. It does not itch him but we feel sorry to see his state. When shown to the doctor she says that it seems like a mite infection and applied two drops of a solution to his neck and said itl work for his treatment. She gave an injection as well. He seems to have become very dull and composed and we are worried as we are unable to understand his condition. Please advise asap.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Ruflu is not improving, and doesn't seem himself, it would be a good idea to have a recheck with your veterinarian, and ask for a thorough explanation of what might be happening with his skin, and his attitude. They should be able to test for mites, and determine what is going on with him.

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Lucious
Not sure
4 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

scratching

My cat has a bump in on his left ear he scratches and yelps in pain he recently starting scratching his right ear there is a brown substance in his ears and they smell could this be associated with said condition?

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Pepsi
stray
3 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Just licking sometimes

Medication Used

Lulican ointment
लिलीयन ointment

My cat has bleeding sores that occur near her ears, and under her arms she licks it and then it goes away and comes back in another place, she does not let put any medication on her nor will she take anything .

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Many things can cause skin sores in cats, including parasites, bacterial or fungal infections. WIthout seeing her, I can't determine what might be causing these problems, but a veterinarian will be able to examine her, determine what might be happening, and possibly give injectable medications if they available, so that you don't have to medicate Pepsi. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Charlie
Cat
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy

My cat has been licking and scratching constantly. I live in a rural area so fleas are everywhere. I felt it was a flea allergy and did some research. I have been treating her with zyrtec and brewers yeast and garlic tablet, as well as a cone. It seems like she is less itchy, her fur is growing back and the scabs are decreasing. However, when I pet her, some hair still comes out and some pieces look like they are still attached to some skin, possibly a scab. Is this a normal part of healing or am I only treating symptoms of a more serious issue?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Firstly it is important to ensure that the garlic tablet is intended for use in cats as garlic is toxic in small quantities so ensure that it is a dose small enough for cats; also remember cats may be allergic to brewer's yeast too. Fleas are a constant issue especially for outdoor cats in rural areas, there may be some skin debris which is flaking off from irritation and it is important to bathe Charlie regularly with a flea shampoo, apply a topical spot on medication against fleas & ticks as well as managing any symptoms. If there is no overall improvement check in with your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/brewers-yeast-allergy

Thank you for responding, I had no idea garlic was toxic. I found the product from chewy, which is a pet website I found. I will stop giving those to her immediately. My vet accepts walk ins during morning hours, we are going tomorrow and I will be sure to bring the bottle with me

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Mr. Snuggles
Domestic medium haired
8 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Itchiness
Nawing
Hairloss
Biting

My 8 year old male cat has been obsessively licking his paws, hind legs, and stomach to the point that they are bare for the past year, especially his stomach where even his nipples are exposed and being a DMH thick coated cat, he has always had a beautiful furry underside to him where he always lays belly up to show it off. We have not changed any diet or environmental routines and I reside in sunny FL where he is used to going out on my screened in pest controlled lani with my other 2 cats. I have taken him to our vet multiple times where we have tried steriod shots, Prozac, topical ointments etc and nothing seems to be working. The last time we were there, my vet observed him more closely noticing his “dandruff” on his backside may be due to skin mites (we just thought he was a “big boy” and couldn’t reach back there - He is 18lbs but also has some mainecoon in him) to which she gave another shot and an ointment for fleas/ticks. It helped for only a month and a half but then he started back up. I feel terrible bc he always seems to be uncomfortable biting/nawing and now causing scaring, especially on his hind legs, and my other 2 cats have no issues or symptoms whatsoever of anything resulting in his behavior. Vet recommended a behavioral specialist, but I feel it may be something she’s missing. I mean, he’s been with me since the beginning and he just randomly starts nawing off his fur. If needed, I will pay the $500 visit fee, but I’m trying to weigh out all options before going that direction. Do you think I should get a second opinion? It’s so hard to find decent vets in my area so i would hate to put my poor kitty through much more. Please help! Thank you in advance...

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Jag
Unknown breed
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching, red bumps on himans

Me and my child have recently woken up with bites on her arms and my stomach. Her pediatrician said they could be mites if our animals come on out bedding. I have noticed one cat who spends most of the time outdoors has been coming inside more and seems to be begging to be pet and seems to itch a lot more than before. What can I do asid for the lime sulfu wash to get rid of them in our house and bedding. I ha e a steamer for clothes could I steam my bedding until I get the wash in the mail and stop them from getting on the beds?

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Sugar
Mutt
3 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cat has something eating her face, I took her to the vet twice, the charged me over $100 to look at a slide and tell me there was nothing. It looks like ear mites, but it has progressed below her mouth. It is miserable to her and me. I also went to the doctor because I thought it might be human lice, they also thought I was crazy, but noticed a reddish bug. It is not fleas. Neighbors above had dog without hair and scratched constantly before he died. Took in a cat that my son and I petted, but cat is also dead now (likely coyote) because it was left outside most of the time. I have bathed my cat, I have treated her too often with a variety of flea medication and ear mite medicine. I use tea tree oil on my hair. I see black dots. I have used bed bug bombs throughout my apartment. My cat pulls off chunks of her hair.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Sugar it is difficult to determine a specific cause, skin scraping would be needed to see if there are any parasites on the skin; the black dots would normally indicate the presence of fleas and would also cause excessive itching and hair loss. Apart from bathing Sugar in a flea shampoo and administering a pot-on treatment, I really cannot recommend anything else for you to try at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Obi Serena
Bombay
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching

Obi Serena is a 2 year and recently she has a semi bald spot on her tail, she is a Bombay cat but lately she has been changing hair color from pitch black to brown, she had her flea medicine and flea collar. Recently she got spayed. I regularly give her a monthly bath with flea shampoo. I’m really concerned because last time I brush her she drop little tinny red dots that look like crusts. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are using a regularly topical spot on flea and tick treatment, a flea collar isn’t required; however if you are noticing crusts/scabs or red debris coming off from Obi Serena conditions like skin irritation, mites, allergies, infections among other causes. You should collect the debris which comes off when you brush Obi Serena and consult with your Veterinarian to determine a cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Moo moo
moggie
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Block dots missing fur an fur gone brown
Block dots

My cat is long haired an has a white tummy. I've noticed in parts his fur is gone brown an some fur missing this skin had small black dots. He doesn't seem to be bothered it's mainly around nipples an back legs

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without examining MooMoo, I can't look at his skin or diagnose anything. He may have fleas, or other types of parasites, or a bacterial infection. Typically, if cats fur is stained brown, that means they have been licking at it and might be itchy. It would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him, determine what might be going on with his skin, and give him appropriate therapy. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Dobby
American Shorthair
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scratching

I think my cat may have mites because where my cat lays in my room and all around it he scratches and on the floor and the stuff around where he lays is covered in white little bugs and pieces of stuff that looks like scabs

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are suspecting that Dobby has mites you should visit your Veterinarian to identify the specific type of mites so that the right treatment may be given and advice on cleaning the environment can be given as well; different mites may require different medications but selamectin is a good all round spot on product, any bedding should be cleaned on a high temperature wash and other areas sprayed with a fipronil spray. However, please discuss with your Veterinarian first to confirm that it is due to mites and they may be able to offer a better treatment plan based on the specific type of mite. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.merckvetmanual.com/integumentary-system/mange/mange-in-dogs-and-cats

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Kiki
Idk
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Scratching, loss of hair

My cat is losing it hair,started at its rear/tail and has now spread clear up to neck. She digs and scratches all the time.
We have a feral cat population close and she has not been fixed yet.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various causes for scratching and hair loss which may include parasites (mites etc…), infections, allergies, irritants, hormonal conditions (normally on itching) among other causes; if the hair loss is this bad you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination and a skin scraping (if indicated) to determine the cause. Also you can discuss neutering as well with the Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kona and Sumatra
mixed
6 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Itching
Hair Loss

We recently rescued two CH kittens from being euthanized, but they were being kept in a garage in the countryside with little care before we got them. When they arrived at our place they had these patches of hair loss on the ears, face, paws, and one patch on the abdomen of the ginger tabby kitten. I also feel bumps in the skin beneath the ears, jaws, and on the tabby kitten's tail. I immediately quarantined them off from my other cats and started administering ringworm treatment because the bald patches looked similar to a ringworm case I had seen, but then as I was thoroughly cleaning the tabby kitten's ears I pulled out a LOT of dark dirty wax and there was more several days later. The edge of the hair loss patches on the black kitten is turning white in a very thin line.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Since there are so many causes for skin diseases in kittens besides ringworm, it would probably be a good idea to have the kittens seen by a veterinarian to have their skin looked at. Bacterial, fungal, and parasitic diseases can all affect kittens and all need different therapy. I hope that the kittens recover well.

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Tiote
tabby
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bites to my face and dandruff

Had treatment for ear mites was is now fine but I think they have spread to the fur. Not much scratching and no hair lost he has a lovely thick black coat but I get little bite like rashes when I put my face near him. Can see like white dandruff flakes on black coat

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing white flakes of skin within the fur your should return to your Veterinarian for another examination to determine if the issue is more widespread than previously thought; if you are getting rashes it may be due to mites or a contact allergy. You should discuss this with your Veterinarian and they would be able to guide you further. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Myblack cat is lossing hait around her inner thighes and inner legs on her front legs. I ave flaky white dandruff also. My vet believes it is her rubbing against something rough. Could she ave skin ites?

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Chacha
tabby
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bumps

Hello. My cat Chacha has what appears to be miliary dermatitis along the front of both of her ears. She does not appear to be in pain or be itching but is experiencing hair loss in the affected area along w bumps that appear to be scabby. I have two cats and neither are allowed outside and have not been in a different environment for at least four years. I have examined both of their bodies and the only one affect affected is Chacha in what seems to be isolated to the area listed above. Any suggestions as to what could be the cause? Especially being that fleas is most likely out. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for miliary dermatitis in cats which normally is attributable to fleas or mites; other causes may include food sensitivity, environmental allergies or contact dermatitis. I would ensure that all cats are up to date with flea/tick control and give them all a good bath with a sensitive shampoo first; if only Chacha is affected it may be due to food sensitivity or other allergens since only one cat is affected. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lulu
short haired
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have two kittens that overly groom and have scabs all over. Well I looked in their fur and found tiny yellow specks. Thinking it’s dandruff I didn’t think anything of it. Well then I saw one move and now I notice them all over. I know they are not fleas, ticks, or lice. Can walking dandruff be yellow with a brown tip.

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Butch
Tabby Cat
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

scratching

Medication Used

none

My cat has a cluster of scabs on his belly. As far as I can tell he doesn’t have fleas, but the scabs are itchy so he’s scratching. Today he’s started running around the house like a lunatic. It’s not his normal behavior at all. He won’t sit still for long. I initially thought the scabs on his belly are from a food allergy because we recently had to change his food. He’s shaking his head quite a bit too. I haven’t got the money right now to take him to the vet, is there anything I could do for him from home? Just while I work on getting the money together. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Fleas, food allergies among other causes may lead to similar symptoms, try to prevent itching as much as possible and see if you can switch back to the original food; ensure that Butch receives an effective topical spot on treatment (against fleas, ticks etc…) and possibly try giving 5mg of cetirizine if Butch isn’t on any other medication. However it would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Smokey
Black
3 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

bumps on ears

I take care of a stray cat who has basically adopted us. She lets me pet her and pick her up but not hold her. She's not a kitten and I would guess a few years old. I give her flea and tick medicine regularly (which she luckily tolerates). I noticed a lot of small white bumps on one of her ears yesterday. (I checked the other and didn't see any.)

Today I used a paper towel to rub her her and see if I could scrape one off. Looking closely at it, it appears to be a tiny white bug. I looked inside of her ears and didn't see anything and they look fairly clean (given that she is outdoors and a black cat). I'm not sure if I would be able to get her to tolerate me taking her to the vet. Is there something I can do to help her? Something topical I could put on her ears possibly? (I was barely able to get her still enough to tolerate me rubbing her ear.) I have pictures that I think would help but I don't see an option to add them here.

She doesn't seem to be scratching her ears excessively or much at all for that matter. I don't know if these are ear mites but I do want to help her and don't want it to get worse. Any advice would be very much appreciated! Thank you!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the lumps look like the one in the photo it may be due to an insect type of dermatitis but without a clear look and a feel of the ear I cannot say for certain; you should have your Veterinarian take a look at the bumps and possibly do a skin scraping to determine the specific cause of the lumps. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://thecatsite.com/media/img_2147-jpg.314228/full

Thank you for the quick response! These are definitely little white bugs that I am able to scrape off (there must be at least a few dozen of them on her ear). I feel some bumps on her chest as well which I think are these bugs also. Seems as though they have attached themselves to the surface of her skin.

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Cuddles
Barn cat
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Excessive grooming, scratching
Excessive grooming,

Medication Used

2 different kinds of ear mite meds

Ive treated my cat with ear mites twice, prescribed by her vet. I cleaned her ears almost everyday. Im convinced she still has ear mites. And now she has bald spots on the back of her legs from over grooming and scabs on back of ears.shes an indoor cat and never goes outside. Shes never had fleas. Just ear mites. I rescued her.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The overgrooming may be behavioural and you may need to prevent her from grooming too much; however the ear mites are concerning, the scabs on the back of the ears may be due to excessive scratching if irritated which should be bathed with a dilute antiseptic if the skin is broken. You should check in with your Veterinarian for an examination, but without examining Cuddles I cannot really give you any specific advice apart from use an effective flea control product like Revolution (selamectin) which also covers ear mites. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Primo
domestic short hair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itching sores twitching wheezing

Dear doctor, my beautiful pure white cat Primo has had skin outbreaks and has done over-grooming for years. He itches like mad and licks till his fur is gone and his skin is broken and sometimes bleeding. He's been to a university veterinary dermatologist, a different dermatological specialist where he got an allergy panel (both 2 hour drive away), been to a holistic vet, had steroids, a prescription diet, flea meds, seen every vet in my small town, and nothing has helped for more than a year. The allergy panel showed sensitivity to human dander (!) and mild sensitivity to some grasses. At the beginning of March he looked perfect when I took him for his vaccines, and now he has scabby sores all over his rear legs that he won't stop licking. His brother Seco, who is brown and gray striped, has none of these problems. Primo also seems to have feline hyperesthenia (ripples, twitches, runs and licks), and has since we adopted him as a kitten. Sometimes he sounds wheezy, and for a while he was sneezing a lot (back to vet for that, where he got antibiotics). Both of our cats are indoors-only. We feed only limited ingredient food (and no chicken, because we thought that was his allergy, and might still be one of them). Most of our house has hard floors, though we have some throw rugs and low carpet in two bedrooms. I've bought and used a very good air purifier and a spray to kill dust mites. I give him 5 mgs of Zyrtec a day, and a spoon of feline L-Lysine at night. He acts normal, affectionate and playful, and his appetite never changes. He drinks water normally. This has gone on for years and I'm about at wit's end! Please, if you can, help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm not sure what medications you have given Primo, but you certainly have done everything possible to try and solve his problems! My only thought might be an allergy medication that may not have been tried for him yet, called Apoquel. It may not work for him, but given everything that you have tried, it may be worth discussing with your veterinarian. There are also hypo-sensitization treatments based on his allergy panel that may help. I hope that you are able to get some resolution for him.

Stop giving hin vaccinez they are junk and you can help him re over his vaccine related inhuries with homeopathy.

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Kittu
stray
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss

My cat had ring worm like lesions on his skin initially. The doctors gave him medicine and then gave him RIDD wash. It didn’t work. And then they gave him itracanazole capsules and sebifin cream. And it worked and the lesions started drying up. After that it reoccurred again and the skin under his mouth and around his mouth area started becoming black and the area under his mouth is gooey. And he is salivating a lot. His ears are crusted and his paws have lost the fur and it has become black and crusty as well. His face also has fur loss. During his time I got feline tinea from him. The doctors also told to put Advocate Spoton on him. And he is taking oral medicines of itracanazole capsules, cefpet capsule and chloroderma spray. The thing doesn’t seem to be going down and it’s going on for a month now and I want to know if there is a solution for this. I’m miserable about this. In his ear there are black waxy stuff as well.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cases of ringworm can be difficult to clear up; cushions, bedding and other fomites may reinfect a cat if they are not washed or replaced. Skin scraping for identification is important to confirm the condition as being ringworm; a miconazole and chlorhexidine shampoo may be useful and switching to another antifungal medication may also be best (under the direction of your Veterinarian). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Feral
Cat
19 Weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Fur loss skin legions

We have a rental property with many feral cats....we took a kitten home that was diagnosed with microscopic mites...several vet visits later...he if fine. Not so much with his feral adult friends...many i can touch when feeding..but none friendly enough for bathing...i was thinking of getting the sulfur solution an 'spot' cleaning friendlier cats...would this help?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The type of mites are important since treatment may vary depending on the diagnosis, but it can be difficult to treat a feral population of cats; spot on treatments may be a start but I would suggest treating according to the type of mites present. The most common mites found in cats can be treated with Advocate (imidacloprid and moxidectin) for example which is a topical treatment which is effective for what you require. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.advocate-spot-on.com/en/for-cats/mites/

I am VERY happy to report that the suggested product - Advocate appears to be working! Thanks soo much for your input!

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Eve
DSH
2.5
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Bald spots on neck and back
scratching and chewing paws and legs

I just adopted a cat from a shelter who had a couple patches on her back that seemed to be missing fur. I took her home last week and throughout the week she's been scratching at the area and others (but only on her back) and the bald spots have gotten bigger. I don't see any kind of redness or irritation in the skin underneath the spots. Is it possible this is just stress because she's in a new environment? I haven't seen any kind of other irritation or signs of stress in her but she does seem to lick herself a lot. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When adopting a new pet into your home you should take the usual precautions regarding ectoparasites and endoparasites. There may be something irritating Eve’s back, but most likely this is psychological; your Veterinarian would be able to tell you from looking at the skin and checking some of the bordering hairs to the bald patches. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mittens
Tom cat
Little over a year old
Moderate condition
-1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Little black specks all over my cat

What would be little black specks or bugs not sure on my cats tail making him pull out his fur and bleed at the tip of his tail and what can I do to help him ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Black specks on a cat’s body are usually attributable to fleas; treatment with a flea shampoo, topical spot on medication and using a fipronil based spray around the home is the best course of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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