Cat mange is a skin disorder caused by mite parasites. The condition can be highly contagious. Home remedies can help. Consult a veterinarian before attempting a home remedy treatment. In addition, brushing out the cat fur on a regular basis will remove scaly skin and scabs. Use an herbal or hydrating shampoo regularly to lessen scaly skin and scabs and relieve itching.
Castor Oil and Olive Oil
Castor oil and olive oil are both good home remedies because they will help with skin irritation and smother the mites. Apply either castor or olive oil directly on affected areas without washing it off. Olive oil will soften the waxy build-up on a cat's skin that mites leave behind, making it easier to remove.
Mix two tablespoons of Goldenseal powder with two tablespoons of garlic powder. Add 1/4 cup of olive oil to the mixture to form a paste. Gently massage into the cat's skin. Goldenseal powder can be purchased at online apothecaries such as smallflower.com.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. It can also treat mange in cats. Mites avoid animals that are acidic inside and out, so apple cider vinegar can be used internally and externally as a home remedy. Add a teaspoon to the cat's food daily for internal treatment. Dilute apple cider vinegar with equal parts warm water and apply directly to cat's skin for an external home remedy that will kill mites.
Borax is a household cleaning product sold in most local supermarkets. This home remedy works well for treating cat mange because it kills the mites that cause the skin disorder.
Mix two cups of 1 percent hydrogen peroxide with 1/2 cup of Borax in a one gallon bucket. Dab the solution onto your cat's coat with a sponge and do not rinse. Repeat the Borax home remedy in three days.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.