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Notoedres cati (cat)



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"feline scabies"

Host: This rare, highly contagious disease of cats and kittens is caused by Notoedres cati, which can opportunistically infest other animals, including humans.

Life cycle: The mite and its life cycle are similar to the sarcoptic mite.

Diagnosis: Mites can be found quite easily in skin scrapings.

Clinical features: in notoedric mange pruritus is severe. Crusts and alopecia are seen, particularly on the ears, head, and neck, and can become generalized. 

Control: consists of lime-sulfur dips at 7-day intervals. Extra-label use of amitraz is not recommended in cats. Nonapproved but efficient treatments include selamectin (6 mg/kg, spot-on), moxidectin (2.5 mg/kg, spot-on), and ivermectin (200 μg/kg, SC). Sudden death in kittens has been reported with the use of ivermectin.


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