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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

Mittens
Tom cat
Little over a year old
Moderate condition
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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 ?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1722 Recommendations
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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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.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1722 Recommendations
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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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.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1722 Recommendations
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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Sugar
Mutt
3 Years
Moderate condition
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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.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1722 Recommendations
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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Eve
DSH
2.5
Moderate condition
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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!

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1722 Recommendations

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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Kitty Kit
mixed
5 Years
Moderate condition
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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 .

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1722 Recommendations

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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