How to Treat Scabies in Cats Naturally at Home
Scabies is a very common problem is pets, especially in animals that are often parading the streets, come into contact with other animals or live in homes where there are multiple pets. Cats are animals that can be easily affected by this condition, as they usually roam the streets and come in contact with other animals.
Scabies is caused by the presence of the so-called scabies mite. Although this condition can be treated easily, it is contagious and it's already in its advanced stage once detected. If you suspect that your cat might suffer from scabies, read on this OneHowTo article and discover how to treat scabies in cats naturally at home.
Types of scabies in cats
There are two types of scabies found in cats:
- Ear scabies is found in the ears of the animals, causing it to scratch constantly and generating a lot of discomfort. It is a very common type of scabies in these animals.
- Scaly scabies is normally found in the head and the back of the animal, and is quite similar to the feline dandruff.
It is important to treat scabies as soon as possible, regardless of the type. This is because the mite creates great discomfort for the animal, which eventually feels listless and loses its appetite, both of which will have a detrimental effect on its health.
Visiting the veterinary
To treat scabies in cats, it is essential that you go to the vet immediately. They will be able to identify the symptoms of this disease and make a proper diagnose. Scabies is a very simple disease to diagnose, so the vet will know the right treatment to administer to your cat to help eliminate the mite and improve the health of its skin. Some of the most common ways of treating this problem include special anti-parasitic soaps, sprays, spot-on treatments, tablets or shampoos.
Follow the instructions given by the specialist and administer the treatment properly. This will help eliminate this problem much faster.
If you prefer, you can also try to treat scabies at home with some natural remedies. However, you must take into account that these natural remedies have not been scientifically proved, so they might not improve the condition on your cat.
Home remedies for scabies in cats
The home remedies for scabies in cats have limited and unproven effectiveness, so the recommendation is always to visit a vet and to give it the best possible treatment. However, some homemade solutions can help moisturise the skin. This prevents the mite from breaking through the skin and improves the appearance of the animal while it is undergoing medical treatment.
Some alternatives are:
- Using gloves (that then must be disposed of) apply a few drops of olive oil to the affected area and massage gently. This will help relieve discomfort, moisturise the skin and make it difficult for mites stick to your pet's fur. You can do it daily.
- Lemon peel or grapefruit may be useful to neutralise these mites. Boil the peel a grapefruit or a lemon for 10 minutes, wait for it to cool and then apply to the affected area whilst gently massaging your cat's skin. Use gloves whilst doing this.
- Honey is an effective remedy to reduce redness and inflammation in your cat's skin. Apply it topically.
- It is also advisable to wash the area where the animal sleeps and its bedding, to eliminate the mite from the entire environment.
These natural home remedies will help alleviate the discomfort on your animal. However, it is recommended that if the condition doesn't improve in some days you take it to the vet for a different treatment.
If you want to read similar articles to How to Treat Scabies in Cats Naturally at Home, we recommend you visit our Pets category.