When a cat is exposed to scabies, it is not uncommon for owners to panic and be confused because they don’t know how to treat scabies in their beloved cat.
Apart from attacking cats, scabies can also attack other animals such as rabbits or dogs.
Scabies disease that comes from a type of mite scabies or sarcoptes This is a threat for cat lovers.
What is Scabies?
Scabies is a type of skin disease that occurs due to the presence of a type of lice parasite called the scabies mite or sarcopates.
Besides attacking humans, scabies mites also often attack cats.
Like ticks in general, this scabies mite also has a very small size, which only ranges from 0.2 mm to 0.4 mm.
The scabies mites will continuously attack the skin by digging it with the aim of being a place to nest and lay their eggs.
So that with that, the development of these scabies mites will be very fast if not treated immediately.
Causes of Scabies in Cats
The first possibility that your favorite cat has scabies is because of a source of scabies mites in the area where your cat lives.
It could be, around the cage or in your cat’s cage, there are scabies flea nests.
So, make sure your cat’s cage and play area is cleaned regularly.
In addition, mites can also stick to the comb that is used to comb your cat.
The biggest cause of cats getting scabies is transmission from other animals or cats.
If your favorite cat is in direct contact with another cat with scabies, it will be easy for your cat to catch the scabies mite.
Even so, the scabies mite in cats will not be transmitted to humans.
How To Treat Scabies in Cats?
If your cat has scabies, which is characterized by crust or dead skin on the ear tips, here are some ways to treat scabies in cats.
1. Separate Scabies Cats from Healthy Cats
The first step you should take is to separate the cat affected by the scabies mite from other cats if you have more than one cat.
This is intended so that healthy cats do not contract the scabies disease, because scabies is very contagious.
2. Clean the cage
Clean the cat cage affected by scabies using soap and running water.
Because it is possible that scabies mites can also nest in cat kennels.
Don’t forget to clean all the items in the cage too. Such as a place to eat, a place to drink, cloth, toys, and other items.
3. Clean Grooming Tools
In addition to cleaning the cage and its contents, also clean the grooming tools that are commonly used.
These grooming tools include combs, brushes, bath sponges, grooming gloves, and so on.
Because it does not rule out the scabies mites attached to these various objects.
4. Avoid Grooming Places
We recommend that you don’t bring your cat to your regular grooming place first.
Because it could be, the mites come from the grooming place or even contract other cats in that place.
You can do your cat care at home.
Or if you really don’t have time, you should be really selective about choosing a cat grooming place.
5. Use Anti Lice Shampoo
When you do your cat care at home, it’s best to bathe the cat with scabies using an anti-flea shampoo.
Anti mite shampoos are usually made from sebasol or sulfur in which there are ingredients that can kill lice.
This anti-flea shampoo is proven to help relieve and eliminate scabies mites in cats.
Routinely bathe the cat for once a week using the shampoo and rubbing it for about 10 minutes.
Usually that way, the mites will go away on their own after doing it for 1 to 2 months.
6. Give a special ointment
To make the healing process faster, you can also give your cat a special scabies ointment.
Scabies ointment usually has gamexane, petrolatum, triamcolone, and permethrin as the base ingredient.
With this content, it is proven to be effective in getting rid of mites in cats.
You can get this ointment easily by buying it at the nearest pet shop or buying it online.
However, if your cat is pregnant or nursing, you should not use scabies ointment.
Because the content of the ointment is quite dangerous for the health of pregnant and lactating cats.
7. Give VCO Oil
Apart from using ointments, you can also use Virgin Coconut Oil or VCO oil.
VCO oil can also be a safe remedy for scabies cats who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How to use it is also very easy, just apply a few drops of VCO oil on the part of the cat’s body affected by scabies.
This treatment has proven to be quite effective in treating cat scabies naturally and definitely does not have any side effects for cats.
8. Scabies injection
If the scabies disease in your cat is severe enough and you cannot treat it yourself using the methods above, you should immediately take it to the vet.
Usually, cats affected by severe scabies mites will be given a special injection by a veterinarian.
In addition, if it is already severe, doctors usually recommend that you do injections 2 times a month until it recovers.
This method is also very effective if your cat is affected by more than one scabies.
That way you don’t need to give the cat scabies medicine one by one.
There are several types of scabies injections, including selamectin, ivermectin, doramectin.
Price of Scabies Injections in Cats
The price of a scabies injection at a veterinarian of course varies because it depends on several factors.
However, the average price for cat scabies injections is usually pegged at IDR 50,000 to IDR 100,000 for the standard one.
However, it does not rule out the possibility that there will be cheaper or even more expensive prices.
If your cat is badly affected by scabies, then it is likely that it will cost more.
From all the articles above about how to treat scabies in cats. So we can conclude that you can treat a cat with scabies yourself at home regularly.
However, if cat scabies is already severe, don’t think anymore about taking him to the vet immediately so that he can get scabies injections.
Question and answer
Cat scabies is a skin disease caused by the sarcoptes scabei mite.
The main and biggest cause of cats getting scabies is transmission from other cats that have scabies fleas.
1. Bathe with anti-lice shampoo.
2. Apply scabies ointment.
3. Give VCO oil.
4. Scabies injection.
The average scabies injection costs IDR 50,000 to IDR 100,000 for one injection.
Bathe the cat regularly and use anti-flea shampoo, to make it heal faster, also give a special scabies ointment or VCO oil.