Feline scabies is a condition that is caused by a miniscule mite well known as the Notodres cati. This is something that many pet owners do not recognize the fact that their cats have this problem – but it is something that vets see on a constant basis. One of the most common problems that the cat will have is severe itching and hair loss on the neck and head – which can be mistaken for alopecia.
These particular types of mites are able to spend their entire lives on your cat. The female mite will dig into their skin and there she will lay her eggs. she will create tunnels that are able to be a few centimeters deep. Once she is finished laying all of her eggs she will die.
It will then take three to eight days for the eggs to hatch into larvae. When the larvae matures it will turn into nymphs before molting and becoming an adult. It will do all of this while still living inside of the tunnel. This whole process can take two to three weeks.
How Cats Get It
Feline scabies is able to infect cats of any age, breed, or color. It is not something that only the male or female has to deal with – but both. They are so small and so many that they are able to infect a whole litter of kittens at one time. They are transmitted to other cats directly – which is why this problem is seen more in outdoor cats. Allowing your indoor cat to share food, bed, or anything with a stray or another outdoor cat could make them vulnerable to it.
It is important to recognize the symptoms that are associated with this problem. The most obvious are itching and hair loss – which can start on the neck and spread quickly to the face. The mites also will be able to make their way all across your cats body and down to their lower stomach and feet.
As the disease becomes worse the skin will become wrinkled and thick and covered in yellow crusts. This is caused by the irritation of the amount of scratching that they are doing. It is also possible that the lymph nodes will begin to swell. If you recognize any of these symptoms than you should take them to your vet immediately.