What Are the Treatments for Feline Scabies in Humans?
Feline scabies (notoedric mange) is a skin condition caused by small insects called mites. Mites burrow into the skin of the cat and lay eggs, which then hatch and produce larvae. The larva grow into nymphs, which then mate and lay eggs. The process then repeats itself.
Who Can Get It?
Feline scabies can affect any cat of any age, breed or gender. It’s contagious and is most commonly found in outdoor cats. Cats can infect humans with the mite.
Infected humans will notice only a mild itching of the skin. Feline scabies should be suspected if cats present in the home exhibit scratching behavior and/or hair loss.
Treatment Not Needed in Humans
Feline scabies in humans is a temporary condition. It causes a short period of itching and is self-limiting. The itching goes away on its own without need for medical attention, because this type of mite can’t thrive on human skin.
Feline pets should be kept close to home. Outdoor cats can come in contact with infected strays very easily. A cat with scabies should be isolated from other pets in the household. Immediate veterinary care should be sought at the first sign of infection.
Treatment for Cats
The best way to prevent human infection is by treating an infected cat. Cats with feline scabies should have all long hair clipped and be given a bath. Topical treatments such as Lymdip, Amitraz dip or Ivermectin can also be successful.