How to care for a cat with scabies

Does your cat have scabies? It is a skin condition that occurs because a mite is established on the skin of the animal and causes itching, rashes and even peel skin. It is important to learn to detect if your cat has scabies and, if it is the case, to give specific care that can help relieve symptoms and cure faster. In this article we tell you how to care for a cat with scabies so you can give it the attention it needs.

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Scabies is a disease that appears on the skin and in the outer ear and is caused by the infection of a mite . Both animals and people can suffer from scabies but, in the case of cats, it is interesting that you know the types of scabies that can have:

  • Scabies in the ear : it is installed on the outside of the ears and you can notice it when the animal does not stop scratching the area with insistence. Redness will appear and you can even peel the area.
  • Scaly scabies : cats usually suffer from this type of condition in the head and back and often can get confused with dandruff. The difference is that the animal will scratch more insistently.


You can know if your cat has scabies because this skin disease causes a series of signs on the skin that are very revealing. Although it is true that, depending on the type of mite with which your pet is infected, the symptoms may be one or the other but the most common are the following:

  • Hair loss: when the mite affects the cat's skin, the health of the coat weakens and that is why it is common for hair loss to be more abundant than usual.
  • Redness in the skin: it also produces the appearance of a skin rash that, in addition, scratches intensifies even more.
  • Spit and Licking : One of the clearest signs that your cat has scabies is that it is constantly scratching abruptly.
  • Inflammation : mites can also cause the infected area to swell and appear more bulky and hot than the rest of the body.
  • Scabs : due to intense scratching, it is likely that the cat will appear scabs and wounds on the skin that may bleed a little.

Scabies is a disease that is transmitted by contact with other animals . These parasites live on the skin of animals and can not survive more than 2 weeks if they are not living there. For this reason, they tend to move from one animal to another to survive. So if your cat has scabies it is because some other animal that has been near him has it.


If you want to take care of a cat with scabies, it is best to go to your usual veterinarian to see what treatment to follow since they usually offer both curative and preventive methods that will keep your animal well protected. Pipettes are the most common medical treatments for this type of disease, that is, putting a chemical solution that heals in the area of ​​the back of the cat and, in addition, prevents this infection in animals.

If your pet is in a serious state, the most common is to treat it with antiparasitic vaccines that will kill the mange and create strong protection. But if you think it is not necessary to vaccinate the animal, you can choose other options such as dry shampoos that have antibacterial properties and that by spraying the cat's skin with them, you can reduce the presence of these mites. The effectiveness of this second solution is smaller and more progressive but it is less aggressive for the animal.


If you prefer to try other more natural treatments, here are some home remedies for scabies in cats that will reduce symptoms. However, you should know that it is most appropriate to take it to a veterinarian and that the following solutions are practiced in a complementary way to medical treatment.

  • Olive oil : is one of the most effective ways to relieve itching and make the cat feel better. For this you will have to apply a few drops of this oil in the areas that are most affected and, thus, you will get to hydrate the skin while weakening the nests that the mites could have put.
  • Medicinal plants : the most effective to deworm the animal are Neem or Niaoli as they contain regenerative, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The way to use these plants is to mix them with olive oil and put them in the affected areas of the cat. Above all avoid using toxic plants for cats because it is most likely that it is licked to be cured and could be poisoned.