Posted by John on Wednesday, August 25, 2010
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Dave_Gurke]Dave Gurke
Are you having trouble treating cat mange? Don't worry, you're not alone on that one. Millions of household pets suffer from mites every year, it's just one of those irritating little setbacks that never seems to be curable like the common cold!
So what exactly is mange and why does it lead to hair loss on your cat? Well, this article is going to give you a close up look on the ins and outs of mange so that you know exactly how to stop it dead in its tracks.
So what exactly is mange? Essentially, mange is a skin condition that results from the feeding of parasitic mites on your cat's skin. You might be wondering why you can't physically see them and that's because they are microscopic. You might be wondering how something so small can cause such irritating itching since there must be millions of microscopic creepy crawlies all over the place that never bother us? Well that's because these mites are parasitic - they feast off of their host's flesh. They're also powerful in their numbers, being able to reproduce rapidly and survive for 22 days.
This all sounds like a nightmare, so how do you prevent the condition from getting worse? Treating cat mange doesn't have to be as difficult as you may first imagine. You can begin combating the problem by bathing your cat regularly in a solution of anti-parasitic oils to really wipe out the mites. This is an ideal solution for cats that are only in the earlier stages of developing mange. However, mange can spread into much more delicate regions such as the ear canal which can lead to much more serious problems down the line.
The easiest way of telling whether your cat is suffering from mange within the ear is by checking for any signs of bleeding or redness - this is a telltale sign that the mites have descended. This is one of the most serious problems associated with fleas, as you must take action or your cat faces losing its hearing permanently. What you should do as soon as you spot any signs of excessive ear scratching or inflamed skin is call your vet.
Most vets will begin treating cat mange within the ear with ear wax removal drops. These drops do exactly what they do for humans, which works against the mites as they feed on the cat's earwax. By flushing out all that excess wax, you should be able to send all those parasites packing their bags. Whatever the symptom you think your cat is developing, you should always get a second opinion from a professional. By consulting your vet, you at least have the peace of mind that your cat is either fine, or needs looking at more closely. It doesn't hurt to check, so always begin treating cat mange with a phone call to your local veterinarian.
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