How to get rid of mites in cats

Written by jasey kelly | 13/05/2017
How to get rid of mites in cats
Cats are prone to several species of mites and their related diseases. (cat image by JASON WINTER from

Several species of mites can infect cats, yielding conditions such as ear mites, notoedric mange (similar to sarcoptic mange in dogs) and demodectic mange. Many parasitic mites are transferred via other felines or hosts in the home or area, and as such might spread to other felines and pets within your home or neighbourhood. Mites may cause extreme irritability, itchiness, patching of the fur and other cosmetic and medical effects. Popular mite treatments, depending on the mite-related condition, or deterrents include ivermectin, milbemycin oxime, Advantage Multi, Revolution and lime-sulphur dips. Several natural and home remedies are also on the market.

Consult your veterinarian regarding your cat's condition. A veterinarian will be able to tell if mites are in fact the cause of the condition or there is another reason, such as allergies.

Administer the veterinarian's prescribed or recommended medication. Follow complete dosage and time-frame requirements as recommended by your veterinarian and the product's label. Some flea and tick medications are also effective against different species of mites, such as notoedres mites and ear mites. Only a veterinarian can administer certain medications.

Take your other household pets to the veterinarian for examination. Many mites are spread from host to host, therefore one pet being infected might mean all are infected.

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