Mange on cats looks like flakes of dandruff in the fur and on the skin, but it can be confirmed by doing a scrape of the skin to test it. Identify mange on a cat, which is easier to spot on a black cat, with help from a practicing veterinarian in this free video on pet care.
Mange in cats can have several different types of appearances because there are several different types of mange. Normally, when you talk about mange or mangey cat, a lot of people think or refer to something that might be going on in a dog, scabies or demodex. But cats are very rarely get a what we call a demodetic mange. So the things that I would when I normally hear when people say, my cat has mange or I think it has mange, it's usually referring to one which is called it's actually like a walking dandruff. There are little, the mites are very small and they look like just little flakes of dandruff on the coat of the cat. It's a lot easier to see that in a black cat that it is on a white cat or in other colors but it is possible. Mange in general fortunately is very rare so many times when people think their cat has mange, they'll come in or I'll go look at them. I would say, what if somebody says I think my cat has mange? Out of the ten different things that are maybe I see mange, once out of those ten and not even that. So, it's usually something else so just gives you a heads up that normally when we think about mange it's not all that common. But many times when you just look at the cat, initially the mange might and it's caused by mite. I should refer to that. There are two, there are actually mite to light spiders and they're very tiny, they're microscopic and many times when we have to actually diagnose mange, we have to take scrape into the cat or take a look at this little dandruff flakes, look under the microscope with them. Fortunately, mange is treatable but before I get to that, there when you it could be around the ear of the cat or around other extremities but many times it just looks mothy, what I call mothy and they're just little hair loss in different places. Some mange is very pruritic , means that it have the itch a lot and other mange isn't so itchy. So, sometimes when the cat is itching a lot, it's not just the hair loss but they'll actually starts scratching themselves and they get ulcerated areas in their skin so it might even look a little bloody or scabby. But fortunately like I said, it is treatable and one of the treatments that I like to use, it's very simple although it needs to be done for several months is this product called Revolution. Sounds like a great name, maybe one time it was a revolution. A lot of products like this that are out now and they're just pour on. You put on the back of the cap and just put it on the platter once a month and it seems to work very well. This product also takes their ear mites and heart worm and mange, might I can say fleas, it doesn't do ticks and there's another product for that but that's basically a very good all around products for mange in cats.