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What is mange in cats?

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Mange is a skin condition caused by certain species of mites. Although fairly common in dogs, it is rarer in cats. Mange is sometimes also known as scabies.

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What is mange in cats?
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Mange presents with patchy fur and a moth-eaten appearance to the skin. The infection causes intense itching, scratching and restlessness. A veterinarian will take skin scrapings and examine them under a microscope for the presence of mites. A cat who has mange, should be isolated to prevent transmission to other pets and humans. The vet will prescribe medication to kill the mites, either topically, by injection or in a shampoo, depending on the cat and the type of mange.

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