Question by  Duffman40 (15)

What can you tell me about skin parasites on cats?

I think my cat has a skin condition.


Answer by  DDeSoto (196)

if the cats skin is flaky and hair is coming off it could be mange mites. This condition could be spread to other pets so should be taken to a vet for treatment immediately. If the skin has sores could be a range of conditions from genetics to adrenal disorders.


Answer by  Valenas (38)

The most common external parasites are fleas, ticks, and (ear) mites. There are pills and topical medications that you can use to treat the parasites (capstar, revolution, advantage, to name a few), but if it has developed to the point of causing a skin condition you need to see a vet.


Answer by  sujikuti (31)

In healthy shorthaired cats with small isolated lesions, it's often treated with creams containing an antifungal. In severe cases, a combination of oral and topical treatments is generally used.


Answer by  mammakat (11147)

A well taken care of cat, kept indoors (you SHOULD train your cat to stay indoors) should have no problems. You can see, and treat for fleas. If you have any other problem, you need to see a vet. It could be a feeding problem, allergy or infestation.


Answer by  amgall (39)

Several different types of parasites - lice, fleas,ticks, harvest mites("chiggers", appear as clusters of orange-red specks, close clusters usually on ear flaps/between toes), mange mites, cheyletiella mites ("walking dandruff"). Another skin condition: Miliary dermatitis - crusty lesions usually appear around the base of the tail, neck and spine.


Answer by  keepsmiling (648)

If your cat is pulling out patches of hair or has scaly dry skin they could have skin parasites. The most common parasite is the flea, but others include ear mites, ticks, and mites that cause scabies.

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