14 Home Remedies for Mange in Cats Before You Go to the Vet

Sad cat with mange

Anyone who lives with a cat is well aware that they merely allow you to be a part of their family. Cats do expect you to take care of their needs and be particularly attentive to the condition of their fur, so if your cat has mange you had better get it taken care of quickly. Here are 14 home remedies for mange in cats that will allow you to avoid a visit to the vet in most cases, though more severe conditions might require both the advice and treatment of an animal care professional.

1. Lime Sulfur

Though it might sound a bit scary at first, lime sulfur is one of the most effective remedies for mange in cats. Lime sulfur works by killing the parasites which cause mange and is also an aid when it comes to clearing up the associated dermatoses.

What to do:

  • Lime sulfur can be purchased from a gardening center and you might already use it as a pesticide.
  • Dilute lime sulfur at a ratio of 1:32, which is 4 oz. of lime sulfur to 128 oz. of water (1/2 cup to 1 gallon).
  • Dip a clean cloth in the solution and coat your cat’s fur with it, making sure to avoid getting it in your cat’s eyes, ears, nose, anus and genitalia.
  • Place a cone on your cat to prevent it from licking its fur and allow the solution to sit for a few hours before washing it off.
  • Allow a few days to see if the condition improves before repeating this process.

2. Lemon Peel

If the idea of using lime sulfur is a little bit scary to you, then lemon peel might be a more agreeable home remedy for the treatment of mange in cats. The citric acid in lemon peel not only kills the mange mites, but also acts as a repellant to prevent further infestation.

What to do:

  • Quarter a lemon leaving the peel on and place it in two cups of boiling water.
  • When the water boils down to about half the amount, add ½ cup of water and continue boiling.
  • When the water boils down to half of that level, strain out the liquid and allow it to cool.
  • Dip a cloth into the lemon solution and wipe it over your cat’s fur, being careful not to get the lemon in sensitive areas.
  • Repeat this every two days until mange is gone.

3. Honey

honey syrup

Spreading honey on your cat might sound like a line from a joke, but it is really quite effective when it comes to home remedies for mange in cats. The antimicrobial properties of honey, along with its thickness, help to choke out the mites. In addition, honey promotes the healing of any wounds caused by the presence of the condition.

What to do:

  • Apply honey to the part of the skin affected by the parasites.
  • Place a cone on your cat’s head and allow the honey to do its work without being licked off.
  • After several hours, you can rinse of the honey with warm water.
  • Repeat this every couple of days until the mange is gone.

4. Cedar Oil

Cedar oil is another effective mange in cats home remedy. Having powerful antimicrobial properties, cedar oil gets rid of the mites and also works as a repellant to prevent further infestation. An added benefit is that you won’t mind the scent.

What to do:

  • Place 2 to 3 drops of cedar essential oil in 1 Tbsp of olive oil.
  • Be sure to test the mixture on a less sensitive area (like a leg) to make certain that it is not too strong before using it in more sensitive areas. If skin irritation occurs, dilute it further or make use of an alternate treatment.
  • Massage this oil mixture into the affected area on your cat.
  • Keep your cat from licking the oil off for several hours.
  • Repeat this every 3 to 4 days if mange persists.

5. Diatomaceous Earth

You may or may not be familiar with diatomaceous earth, but it is another safe home remedy to utilize in the treatment of mange in cats. Diatomaceous earth is the powder of siliceous sedimentary rock which has a similar feel as pumice. It is often utilized in cat litter to do exactly what it does in treating mange; it traps mange mites and makes it easy for them to be eliminated.

What to do:

  • Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around your house in areas where you cat spends a lot of time lying or sleeping.
  • Allow it to sit for a couple of days before vacuuming or washing the item or items upon which your cat sleeps.
  • Repeat this process until you are sure that the mange mites are all gone.

6. Neem Oil

Also used as a home remedy for conditions like scabies and other parasitic infestations, neem oil is also effective at getting rid of mange in cats. It is not only great at killing mange mites, but also acts as a repellant too.

What to do:

  • Place 2 drops of neem oil in 1 Tbsp of olive oil.
  • Test to be sure that your cat’s skin is not sensitive to this oil as instructed above and adjust the solution to fit your cat.
  • Rub the neem oil into the affected area on your cat and allow it to sit for several hours before rinsing it off.
  • Repeat this a few times per week until the mange has disappeared.

7. Diet

One of the most successful home remedies for mange in cats involves preventing them from infesting your cat in the first place. The best way to do that is to be certain that your cat is receiving the very best possible nutrition on a daily basis in order to boost their immune system and help them to fight off parasites like mange mites.

What to do:

  • Though cats are often finicky eaters, be sure to check labels and offer your cat the very best nutritionally balanced food you can find. It might cost you a bit more, but you will deal with a lot fewer headaches and infestations like mange in the long run.

8. Frequent Bathing

Let’s face it, due to the fact that cats have an enormous aversion to water, frequent bathing is a rather unpleasant task, but it is one of the best remedies available for treating mange in cats. Frequent bathing not only helps to promote healthier skin and hair, but most pet soaps also kill parasites as well.

What to do:

  • Consider bathing your cat with a gentle, antimicrobial soap at least every 6 to 8 weeks.

9. Vegetable Oil

tea tree oil in spa

What could be less pleasant than bathing a cat? How about dipping one in vegetable oil? Vegetable oil suffocates mange mites and kills them, making it an excellent remedy for mange in cats.

What to do:

  • Fill a small tub with vegetable oil, lower your cat down into it and smear it over their body.
  • You will want a towel handy to wrap your cat in while you hold onto it and allow the vegetable oil to penetrate through the fur and into the skin.
  • Allow the oil to sit for several hours by applying a cone on your cat’s neck and then rinse it off with warm water.
  • Repeat this a couple of times per week if mange persists.

10. Garlic and Goldenseal

Before utilizing this home remedy be sure that you understand that raw garlic is toxic to cats and cannot be ingested. Both garlic and goldenseal contain antimicrobial compounds to effectively eliminate mange mites and they also have wound healing properties to help heal skin damage associated with mange in cats.

What to do:

  • Mix 2 Tbsp of goldenseal powder with 2 Tbsp of garlic powder.
  • Add about ¼ cup of olive oil to create a paste.
  • Massage the paste into your cat’s skin.
  • Place a cone on your cat’s neck to prevent it from licking off the solution and allow it to sit for several hours before rinsing it off with warm water.
  • Repeat this a couple of times weekly until the mange is eliminated.

11. Castor Oil

A home remedy, for almost anything that ails you, which has stood the test of time from generation to generation, is castor oil. Castor oil is typically not an irritant to your cat’s skin, but it is used in a mixture with olive oil in order to soften the waxy build-up that often accompanies skin that has been mite infested. Both oils help to smother the mites and also promote skin recuperation.

What to do:

  • Mix together equal amounts of castor oil and olive oil.
  • Massage the mixture into the affected area on your cat’s skin.
  • Allow it to sit for several hours before rinsing it off.
  • Repeat this several times a week until mange is gone.

12. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a pretty potent remedy for a number of both human and pet ailments and it is also among the most effective home remedies for mange in cats. Mites not only avoid the acid alkaline balance that ACV provides, but they are also eliminated by its antimicrobial properties.

What to do:

  • Mix equal parts of ACV and warm water together.
  • Apply the mixture directly to your cat’s skin using a clean cloth.
  • Allow the mixture to stay in place for several hours before rinsing it off.
  • Repeat this a few times per week until you are certain that mange is gone.

13. Yogurt

strawberry yogurt

Using yogurt as a home remedy to treat mange in cats might come as something of a surprise. Not only does yogurt help to smother mange mites, but it also contains acidophilus, which is a compound which helps to heal skin damaged by mange mites, especially in the ears.

What to do:

  • Always use plain yogurt with as few additives as possible for this treatment.
  • Using about 2 Tbsp, massage the yogurt into the affected areas.
  • Allow it to sit for several hours and rinse, or just allow your cat to enjoy the milky treat as they clean themselves.
  • Repeat this several times per week until the affected area has healed.

14. Frequent Brushing

It is much easier to prevent mange in cats or treat it when you detect it early. Frequent brushing is one of the best home remedies to accomplish both purposes. By brushing your cat, you stimulate the circulation at the surface of their skin, which strengthens healthy skin tissue and also encourages better immune response to fight off a mange mite infestation.

What to do:

  • Find a soft bristled brush and use it to brush your cat daily.
  • While brushing, be sure to look for any dry or irritated areas and be ready to treat them with one of the simple and safe remedies already discussed.

Conclusion

As servants to our cats, one of our main duties is to make certain that they are healthy and happy. You can go a long way toward performing your duties by making use of one or more of the 14 home remedies for mange in cats listed above. And, as always, be sure to add any questions, comments or tips for treating mange in the section below.

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Clara Sherwood

Clara Sherwood

Clara was born and grew up in Great Britain, and although she’s now happier with the weather in North Carolina where she resides with her partner, she does miss the ubiquitous teacakes. She graduated from a master’s in literature and worked for about 5 years at local news magazines as a reporter.

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