There are many diseases that affect cats, but the ones that usually concern those who live with them for the first time, are those of a contagious type such as scabies. However, the mites that cause it in our friends cannot live for very long in the human body, so the symptoms are different.
Still, the necessary measures must be taken to prevent both the cat and its caregiver from becoming infected, because both for one and the other it is a disease that can be really uncomfortable and difficult to cope with.
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What is scabies?
You've probably heard of scabies. In fact, just by hearing this word we can immediately feel a strange tingling through the legs and / or arms. Because of this, I like to call it the 'itch disease', although it is not its popular name. An itch produced by parasites They belong to the same family as spiders. They burrow under the skin, where they dig tiny tunnels. They cannot usually be seen with the naked eye.
In humans, it is transmitted by direct or indirect daily contact, that is, by touching clothing and / or an infected person or animal. Scabies is spread very easily so it is very important that if any of your relatives (and / or animals) have been diagnosed with this disease, everything possible is done to avoid further infections.
Types of mange that affect cats
Mange in humans is not really very different from that which affects cats, as the symptoms are similar as you will see below. However, depending on the type of scabies our friend has, we will have to take some measures or others.
Thus, the mange that most affects cats is that produced by Cati notoedresCalled notohedral scabies. This parasite can only live in the body of the feline, so no matter how much it wants to live in the human body ... it will not cause us any harm or itching.
La demodectic mange, produced by the parasite called demodex canis which normally affects dogs, but can also affect cats. I have to tell you that one of my dogs had it as a puppy, and with the treatment given by the vet it was immediately cured. This type of scabies is not contagious to humans.
You must be careful with the cheiletiellosis and by the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of Spain with the ear scabies, since they could end up appearing some hives on the arms and legs.
Most frequent symptoms
In humans the symptoms are as follows:
- Intense itching: Especially at night. Nobody likes to feel itchy, so our first reaction will always be to scratch ourselves. This is something that should be avoided since otherwise the sensation is likely to increase ... thus feeding a vicious cycle that could end with an infected wound.
- Small eruptions: To heal them, nothing like putting on the cream and taking the medicine prescribed by the doctor. But if you need a treatment urgently, wipe the affected area with cotton moistened with liquid against lice, and you will see how little by little you will feel better.
In our furry companions the symptoms are varied:
- Itching: you will see how the affected areas are constantly scratched, which will soon lose hair or look red and / or inflamed.
- Wounds: cat nails can do a lot of damage, so due to constant scratching, wounds are one of the most common symptoms.
- Excess dark earwax: in the event that it affects the ears, excess wax can cause otitis.
Treatment of scabies in cats
Scabies is a very easy disease to treat, but with a treatment duration that can be quite long. So much so that it is normally recommended to combine two treatments so that the quality of life of the animal returns to what it was. And, contrary to what it may seem, practically the same drugs that are used to treat scabies are routinely used to prevent infestation of fleas, ticks and internal parasites.
So, there is pipettes that, in addition to repelling the two most common pests, will also kill scabies mites. There are several brands, so your vet will give you the one that he considers best for your cat. But not only pipettes, but it is likely that you will give your friend tablets to fight disease from inside the animal's body. Another option is to give you medications through a vein, especially if you are very nervous or there is no way for you to swallow the pill.
As we have seen, there are different types of mange that affect cats. For safety, it is advisable for the animal to remain in a room until it has recovered.But beware, this does not mean that we have to stop caring for him: he is sick, and now more than ever he needs to feel loved.
And, how to give love to avoid infecting us? Well, very easy. It will be enough to put on gloves and wash our clothes every day, but not only the one we wear but also the one on the bed, such as blankets and sheets. In the event that there are small children and / or other animals at home, it will be convenient keep them separate from the sick cat. In this way, more family members will be prevented from becoming infected.
You have to be very patient because, as we said, scabies is a disease that can take time to cureTherefore, the specialist's instructions should be followed to get the situation to normalize as soon as possible.
We know it's easier said (or written) than done, but really, don't despair. Mange that affects cats is a disease that, detected early, is cured in a matter of days or, at most, weeks. During these days it is important that your furry knows that you love him so you have the energy you need to get back to being who you were.