Cat Mange Natural Treatment

| Modified on May 30, 2024
Borax and Peroxide for Cat Mange.

What is Mange on a Cat?

"Mangy cat" is a common enough slur thrown at down-on-their-luck felines, but in fact cat mange is a fairly rare condition, much more common in dogs. Nevertheless, some cats do get the mange and it can be an intractable problem for cat owners to resolve, especially in a safe and natural way. So does your cat have mange? Well, mange is actually just a description of the set of symptoms that accompany a mite infestation in your cat. The symptoms of cat mange include skin infection, rash, hair loss, hair matting, and the typical itching and scratching that go with an irritating feline skin condition.

Mange in cats includes several related conditions including demodectic mange caused by one species of mites, ear mites, feline sarcoptic mange, and notedric mange. The last two are at times called feline scabies, after the similar condition in dogs, but they are different health conditions. Some forms of feline mange are contagious (notedric mange, in particular) and some are not (demodectic), but in most cases if your pet has mange then you too may see red bumps or a rash on your own skin, a symptom of mite bites.

How to Treat a Cat with Mange

Cat mange treatment begins with strengthening your cat's immune system, since mites can't easily take advantage of healthy cats. Increasing your cat's sulfur intake with food supplements such as garlic can help fight off mites and support the immune system. A variety of drugs and steroids are generally administered by vets, with different treatment regimes for different mites. However natural immune support, nit-combing, and Ted's Mange Cure are effective home mange treatments.

Ted's Mange Cure Directions

Mix together the following:

  • 2 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide (do NOT use a stronger percentage of hydrogen peroxide!)
  • 4 cups warm water
  • 3 heaping tablespoons borax

Use this solution to bathe your cat and allow the solution to air dry on your cat. You can also use this mixture to spray down sleeping areas or other areas in which your cat spends time. Bedding should be washed frequently as well.

The mange treatment bath should be given twice a week.

Do you have a natural remedy for mange in cats? Please send us some feedback! Continue on to read the reviews from our readers who have tried Ted's cat mange remedy, among other remedies.

Activated Charcoal

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Posted by Dalsan (Aloha, Or Usa) on 01/02/2012

I wanted to pass on something mentioned on Curezone that can help those using Ted's mange cure on cats or pets that lick themselves repeatedly.

My cat has a sacroptic mange re-infection and I'm again treating her with Ted's cure.

The very first time I bathed Kat with the borax/ peroxide mix I kept her in my warmed up bathroom and sat with her until she was almost dry. I didn't have a collar to keep her from licking, so I tried to keep her distracted. She still licked enough off to end up vomiting. The thought of doing this again several times made me heartsick.

I was reading up sometime later when someone mentioned Activated Charcoal. It's what they use in hospitals to adsorb (not absorb) poisons that have been ingested. It's saved many a life- yet is very inexpensive and available over the counter at most health food stores.

Most households that have kids- have AC in their medicine cabinet- just in case. I even had some on hand - but had long forgotten about it.

Anyway, just before the next bath I mixed a 1/2 tsp. of the AC powder into 1/2 oz of water and put some into a 1. 0mm syringe then squirted the syringe-full into Kat's mouth. Her eyes got big- she expected it to taste bad like her other meds I guess- but there's no taste to it and she didn't mind it at all.

The second bath was a bit more of a struggle- she Hates baths- but this time she didn't get sick, nor the 3rd one either.

Now the family uses it regularly again for an upset stomach and/or occasional diarrhea and I'm going to use it as part of a colon cleanse. It works fast and is virtually non-toxic.

Unfortunately, most stores only sell Activated Charcoal in capsules now. But in a pinch you can open one or two and get the powder that way (I couldn't get the tiniest capsule down my Kat on a bet. LOL)

We prefer to keep the powder on hand- it's way cheaper in the long run- and there are so many other ways to use it. The cheapest site I've found sells a 10oz can for under $12 shipped that will last us for several months.

Hope those with mange cats will give the AC a try.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by May (PA) on 06/06/2021

ACV for Cat Mange

I tried the Organic Apple Cider (Bragg) and when my cat would keep chewing and biting and eating off her fur, I would soak her down with the ACV and it didn't seem to help much. She would just keep eating and biting and going at it. I tried the ACV for a good week straight, every time I would see her licking and biting I would soak her, but it didn't help! :(

Replied by Mary Martinez
(Arcadia, CA)

My cat had mange too. He was always biting and scratching himself had bald spots all over. He was also FIV too. What cured his mange was Turmeric oil. He hated the taste of it and finally left his fur alone. I used to rub it all over his spots. He passed away but had all his fur again. Hope this helps you.


Mary Martinez

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Vickie (Uk) on 04/21/2017

I treated my stray female cat Trixie who had lost all of her fur from her waist to the tip of her tail (from mange) with organic apple cider vinegar. I diluted it to around 1 part ACV to 10 parts water then sprayed her body every other day within 2 days she had stopped itching and within 2 weeks new hair had started to grow back. Six weeks later she had the thickest shiny hair you have ever seen. My neighbours were shocked. 2 years later and still everything is OK. Better than anti-biotic and steroids and a huge vet bill.

I put a half teaspoonful of organic apple cider vinegar in my cat's water fountain every week to prevent cystitis which can be painful and costly.

Replied by Linnea
(Westminster, Ca)

Thank you SO very much for your wisdom. I've been trying to figure out how to treat my massive feral colony. This mange has gotten out of control here. I think they now have a fighting chance at survival.
Ty again 😻

Replied by Dorothy
(Escondido, Ca)

Did your cat have soars or scabs or problems around her face and spine? Are you sure it was feline scabies? My stray cats are in such bad shape I need to catch them and help them, but I don't know which treatment (home remedy) to use. They have soars and bloody skin and loss of most of their hair. It is so sad. I wonder if vinegar, or Ted's Remedy will sting their bloody soars. It just makes me sick - the poor kitties. They will be hard to handle - I am thinking about dunking them into a small tub of solution.

Did your cat act like she was in pain from the vinegar?


Hi Karin,

could you be a bit more specific about what you did with raw egg yolk and what it was helping with? I would like to improve my pets' immune systems as well as cure them of demodex. We're going to do borax in our water, and I am working up the guts to at least sponge/ sop Teds bath solution on my cat in 1-2 areas at a time. He already doesn't know whether to avoid me or not, as I might be trying to 'help' him, resulting in wet and smelly fur.

Mary Martinez
(Arcadia, CA)

Please try Organic Turmeric oil. My cat had scabs and pulled most of his hair off. He would constantly scratch and lick his hair. He had bald spots all over his body.

I used Organic Turmeric oil. He hated the taste of it and left his fur alone. Got all his hair back. Good luck


Mary Martinez

Replied by karin

My cat did act like it burned! But it really helped.

Now a couple years later don't know if I can bring myself to use it again... What really helps is raw egg yolk

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Mark (Cape Town) on 04/29/2014

Apple cyder vinegar is one of natures miracle remedies. I myself use it as a toner and drink it with my water. You can't believe the difference it makes to your complection and energy levels. For pets with mange you can ad a spoon or two to their food or water which ever works best for your animal. I also wipe my cat down with a washcloth once a week soaked in water and ACV. It works like magic and so good for them.

Replied by Billi
(Shelby, Mi)

how much should I dilute the acv?

Replied by Judy
(Eagan, Mn.)

My cat appears to have mange. I am looking for a home remedy for her.

Replied by Om
(Hope Bc Canada)

Hello, Judy. My cats have mange too. I use DE, dusting the coat and KLEEN GREEN enzyme spray. It has to be followed up for a while.

If you can keep your kitty very warm for the time to dry after a bath, Ted's remedy for mange on EC works very well. For me, it is the onset of winter and I am using the enzyme and DE, with daily grooming and wiping with ACV. The borax treatment needs the pet to keep wet till dry. Not very practical for me in the cold season. In a liter of drinking water I use 1/8th tsp. Borax and 1/4 tsp. of baking soda to be of further help. All is recorded on EC. It is necessary to inspect the ears.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Jenny
(South Sioux City Ne)

What is de?

EC: DE = Diatomaceous Earth

Replied by Tg

If you decide to treat with DE, which is very helpful (my cat is already looking better with one treatment), make sure it is FOOD GRADE DE or Diatomaceous Earth.

DE that is not food grade has poisons as it used to clean pools and has additives.

Food grade DE has multiple uses for many natural remedies. I recommend treating most animals with it (even humans) as it is a non-chemical killer of microscopic worms in the intestines. Great stuff.


It would be more merciful to take the cat the your local shelter. A fast death if it isn't adopted is far kinder than leaving it to suffer for who knows how long.


This in infuriating! No pet/baby ever deserves to be abandoned, especially when sick. They need the one they love to comfort them when sick and when dying. Do the right thing for your soul and theirs by putting them down at home. If you don't love an animal that much then you shouldn't have one. I know you meal well to avoid the suffering but there is a more humane way of doing it.

Replied by Milena K.
(Sofia, Bulgaria)

Thank you, guys, for all the information concerning DE. I hadn't heard of it before I started looking for natural remedies for my cats. As I searched for it on the internet and read the description and uses of the product, I was astonished at how many benefits it can bring to your health and that of your pets! I'm definitely going to try it!

Replied by Sally
(Mcallen, Tx)

I have a question. Would these remedies help an alley cat? There is an alley cat who has mange and seems to have an eye infection possibly going blind. I feel so very sorry for the poor cat but I haven't the funds to take him to the vet. Any advice will be appreciated and helpful. Thank you in advance.

Replied by Karen

You can help the poor feral cat by call the vet in your area and asking for information on TNR program. They will trap him and spay/ neuter and treat him for the mange. Give them a call they will help!

Replied by Annie

Find a clinic. Just cost me $64 here in California.

Replied by Ian Bruce
(Ashfield, Pa)

For eye infections for my cats, I brew a cup of regular lipton tea, remove the wet teabag until just warm then put on my cats eye while squeezing the tea bag so liquid gets around/in the eye.

Clears the cat's eyes in in 1 to 2 days. safe.

Replied by Pet Guru At Dream Regime To Clear Eyes
(Ny, Ny)

DO NOT PLAY DOCTOR with mange or mites. Please imagine it is YOU and you feel scabs and itch. Many people think they know holistic meds and so they can do without a doctor. Don't you think holistic treatment is best done when you know what the hell is wrong with the cat? It may look like mites to you, but it could be mange and it could look like mange but it could be an all different type of yeast infection combined with severe internal infection etc.

FIRST always take the animal to a vet, do a cbc simple blood work and KNOW what is wrong. Then you can chose holistic or western. Personally when an infection is involved, use the western doc's advice, then when the animal is stable you can continue with a holistic treatment.

For example if your cat is given antibiotics - which usually LOWER the immune system - at the same time you can also feed your pet grain free food so the body doesn't have to fight off trash chemicals too, and you can give your cat or dog 1/2 of lysine, a pure type that is not coated and only one pill a day. Natural meds for scabs or light mites Zymox works, but with this you MUST use a cloud collar or a cone collar so the pet doesn't lick itself, because it will so for an alley cat this is not an option.

You first try to trap, which can only be done once or the cat will never trust a human, so learn HOW TO. Once you trap the cat, take it to the vet, then buy a dog kennel set up a litter box, a hammock and administer meds until the mange is gone. This will take a couple of weeks so by then the cat could be tame enough for you to take some nice photos and adopt it into a good home.

CHARGE AN ADOPTION FEE this way you assure the next person she lives with values her enough to take good care of her and you can use the fee to help another stray. As for light skin conditions, you may want to shave the animal, prepare a nice oatmeal bath - you can buy some on Amazon - then dip the pet into that. If the animal hates baths you can eater hold the pet and use a cup to get it wet with the oatmeal water or you can take the pet to a vet and have them put her/him under so the skin can be treated in cases of animals who truly are not well behaved. Most of the time an animal's skin itches and hurts so much they love the bath. Afterwards you can get some pure ( ok to be used as medicinal ) and be sure to check it's UNREFINED coconut oil. It has a ton of healing properties and you can apply it directly into wounds and scabs and it will heal the skin. Pets also love the taste so you can give them a spoon daily which will help keep the insides clean.

If you see mites around the eyes, do not apply anything that contains any chemicals close to the eye - AND ALWAYS KEEP ANIMALS IN CONES - cloud or medical cone, but I like cloud, b/c they can sleep with them - the only thing you can do for the eyes is boil some pure lose leaf chamomile tea, strain it so there are no suds, wait until it is ROOM TEMPERATURE and use some surgical non stick pads to wet them and apply onto the eye. If you can cotton pads they are even better. Soak them, apply the water to the eye area - DO NOT SCRUB - only dab and hold in place. Do this each day. It's great on cuts, it's great a few weeks after an operation when your animal is healing and you need to clean the wound. You can apply coconut oil around the eye. I've even put it inside my own eye, it's fine. Keep them in clean bedding and clean from touching or licking themselves. Get the cloud. With strays, first catch them, get them to a vet, set up a dog kennel, treat them each day.

Replied by Pamela Tull

Be careful with DE (diatomaceous earth) for treating skin disease or in any other manner - - you should not breath in the dust because it can cause lung damage and disease.

Replied by Lola

Pets are family members and should be cared for with love and respect. Please disregard those who prefer to kill rather than Help. There is much good advice here if one is not to lazy to give it a good try.

Replied by Stacy
(Sw, Mo)

Here is a site that may be of some help to you. Also, October 16 is National Feral Cat Day here in the U.S.

I, by no means, am an expert, so I am not going to "attack" you like a couple of the comments in this thread & then show compassion by I think it is great that you are wanting to help an unfortunate angel that was the result of someone else' irresponsibility in the first place. For goodness sake, it isn't your fault that the poor kitty doesn't have a home. And I don't believe in taking animals to the vet to "put them in the food chain", sorry. Not very nice of anyone to ever suggest that.

I would assume that the kitty is friendly & just in need of a little help, which, apparently some PEOPLE never are. If that isn'tthe case, you can, sometimes, rent a trap for less than $10 for a few days @ a local vet.

If you need to care for the kitty's eyes, I might suggest that you use an old bath towel & wrap it up in it, so you still have access to her head, but don't have to worry about your safety as much. Sit here on your lap & do what you need to. I have 3 cats & I do almost everything to them this way. (ie: clean their ears, syringe feed one of them, etc.) I had 2 before that were afraid of water, despite giving them baths in the sink when they were younger. The 3 I have, I can sit in the bath tub & they'll stay on my lap as I use a shower sprayer on them, or I bathe them in the sink. The other 2, I took a few bath towels & laid them on the floor in the bathroom (w/ the door closed) & filled 2 1-gal. pitchers full of warm water & gave them baths on the floor w/ soppy wet wash cloths. You could also do this while the cat is in the towel on your lap, if the towel is fairly thin. Just make sure it gets rinsed well (the kitty).

Cats have a way of trusting you fairly quickly once they realize that you are being compassionate & helping them. Especially after they start reaping the benefits of your care. So, she should get easier to work w/ fairly soon.

I am not sure what you chose to do, but am glad to hear that you wanted to help this angel & wanted to mention just a few cheap things that you can do, which is good for ANY kitty. If ever they are put on anti-biotics, they should always be given pro-biotics. As the anti-biotics will weaken the immune system. This costs less than $2, depending on where you shop. You can pick up some Chobani Greek yogurt, as it has live cultures in it. It is only a dollar @ Walmart, so it shouldn't be much more @ a grocery store. And it is only a serving size like a person would eat in one sitting. You can freeze it into smaller portions in your freezer. I use ice cube trays & put plastic wrap over the top. Then transfer into freezer baggies. You can give them human pro-biotics, if you choose to. The Lacto bacillus is the one that makes yogurt need to be refrigerated. But, if it is in poder form, it just determines the life of the product. If you get it in capsule form, just open the capsule. Colostrum is also really good for the immune system also. It is also inexpensive too. You can get a travel size through Sovereign Labs for approx. $13. (It is what is in the mother's milk). A bath is great for them to not only help to heal the skin, but to help remove toxins that the body is trying to flush out & will also keep their kidneys from having to filter out toxins from the environment & the ailment. Human grade DE (diatomaceous earth) is also good for parasite removal. Just keep it out of their eyes & nose. If they lick it, it is fine, as it can be taken internally. Also, if you were to have the cat tested, they may scrape the skin & it turn out neg. because they have already ingested the mites that are causing the mange. There is a mange mite that naturally lives in the hair follice also. Most coconut oil turns to an oily substance after a certain temp., but there is also one that stays a liquid. Nutrition is the key to good health, so if you can provide a decent quality food for her, that is a good thing. To help her immune system better itself is equally important. And if she develops any potty problems, give her organic pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling). It goes both ways! For diarrhea or constipation. (Make sure you freeze it in smaller amounts after you open the can because it will spoil in less than a few days in the fridge.) You can get organic pumpkin in a BPA free can for $2 @ a grocery store. Organic is always better & not always more expensive.

I hope that some of tips help you if you are still in need or for another feral, or for anyone else who reads this. Thank you for loving the ferals. They are just as precious as the ones inside!

Replied by Carla

I am treating a poor little kitty I rescued that has mange. I wouldn't for a second trade the care I have to give him. He gets better everyday. I absolutely disagree with your statement. But, hey, taking care of the helpless isn't for everyone.

Replied by Shanarose
(North Miami Beach, Florida)

I've treated many strays with everything from starvation to mange to respiratory and eye infections - and not having the funds to bring them to the vet has often been a blessing for me - I am able to see first hand how accurate all the courses in nutrition I took in college really are ( my Bachelors is in Public Health/Nutrition) - first of all, knowing what vitamins help the eyes is very beneficial in treating animal/cat eye diseases - if the feral cat cannot be touched you can empty a capsule of vitamin A and D into their food (5,000 IU A / 400 IU D) and the eye issue clears up within three days - this also helps with mange and respiratory infections - as vitamin A is crucial for eyes, skin, and respiratory health - don't overdo - these vitamins are very inexpensive but one a day at that dosage is all that is needed ..... - also lightly applied topical DE and diluted ACV (if you can spray it on the cat - not near the eyes) also helps. And NEVER shave a cat - I started using nutrition and natural cure exclusively since a vet shaved my cat with ringworm and she almost died from the medication that was applied on the shaved skin - I brought her back with ACV on the ringworm - you don't need vets when you know how to care for the cats on your own .....

Replied by Qwondre Smith

DE (diatomaceous earth) Diatomaceous Earth (often referred to as "DE") is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it compromises their waxy coating so that their innards turn into teeny tiny bug jerky. But it doesn't hurt mammals. We can eat it. We do eat it! It's in lots of grain based foods because lots of grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs from eating the grain! IT MUST BE FOOD GRADE.

Borax and Peroxide Treatment

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Posted by Tien (California) on 08/26/2019

I used Ted's recipe and I used a rag to give my poor stray a sponge bath. I put him in a large kennel and was able to wipe him down pretty well with Ted's recipe. My kitty had the mange on his head and most of his back along the spine area. He had lost quite a bit of hair and his skin was red, inflamed and scabby. After 3 days, there was no more redness and hair was beginning to grow.

After 1 week, he is 95 percent healed!!

This is miracle stuff! He's a completely different cat in just one week! He's actually soft to touch!

Thank you so much! I wish I could post pictures of the results after just one week!

EC: Hi Tien, please email your pics to [email protected] and we will add them to your post. Yay!

Replied by Tien

Hello, this is Tien from California. I posted about my results on the Natural Treatments for Cat Mange and these are the pictures showing the amazing results in just one week! Thank you so much!! Ted's Borax and Peroxide Treatment for Cat Mange.

Replied by Tien


I used Ted's recipe and I used a rag to give my poor stray a sponge bath. I put him in a large kennel and was able to wipe him down pretty well with Ted's recipe. My kitty had the mange on his head and most of his back along the spine area. He had lost quite a bit of hair and his skin was red, inflamed and scabby. After 3 days, there was no more redness and hair was beginning to grow. After 1 week, he is 95 percent healed!! This is miracle stuff! He's a completely different cat in just one week! He's actually soft to touch! Thank you so much! I wish I could post pictures of the results after just one week!

EC: Hi Tien, feel free to email your pics to us and we'll attach them to your post!

Replied by Staci
(Philippi WV)

My cats got fleas and mites from a cat tree that the lady I adopted them from gave me about 3 months after I adopted them. They had no issues prior and are indoor so I am positive that's what happened. I have just started using this remedy. I am so stressed watching my long hair cat be miserable and she looks awful. I dipped them both last night and used Vetericyn on her bad places. My husband also made a cone to keep her from biting and itching ( she hates it). I will take photos and post after a week or two. Can you dip a q-tip in the solution and clean the ears as well? Any other suggestions would be awesome. Thank you!!!

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Posted by Tien (California) on 08/26/2019

Update. I used Ted's recipe and I used a rag to give my poor stray a sponge bath. I put him in a large kennel and was able to wipe him down pretty well with Ted's recipe. My kitty had the mange on his head and most of his back along the spine area. He had lost quite a bit of hair and his skin was red, inflamed and scabby. After 3 days, there was no more redness and hair was beginning to grow. After 1 week, he is 95 percent healed!! This is miracle stuff! He's a completely different cat in just one week! He's actually soft to touch! Thank you so much! I wish I could post pictures of the results after just one week!

EC: Hi Tien, feel free to email your pics to us and we'll attach them to your post!

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Posted by JJ (Bremerton, WA) on 03/04/2019

Please post this awesome website where we can find it easier. It took me two hours to find a recipe for cat mange and this website is the only place I could find directions on how to use Ted's recipe. Product advertisers are getting tricky. Last month, the recipes were everywhere! Now all you can find is another search engine. I will tell everyone about EARTHCLINIC.COM Thank you

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Posted by Carol (Palacios, Texas 77465) on 10/22/2018

Cat Mange: Spent nearly 300 bucks at vet. Still not resolved and tried your borax remedy. OMG. Within 2 weeks, completely gone. She's back to normal. Thank you so very much. Thank you, thank you. She was miserable. Back to her silly self now.

Replied by Terri

I also just spent almost $250 at vet and the treatment they gave isn't even working. Instead it is spreading. I tried the Apple Cider Vinegar sponge bath a couple days ago. And I just did the borax/peroxide bath last night. I will do another borax/peroxide bath this week and see if it's helping before I take her back to the vet.

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Posted by Masha (London) on 05/16/2018


I would appreciate your help with understanding the Ted's remedy.

Once the remedy is applied and the cat is completely wet, we should leave it until he air dries, right? With a cone so that he cannot lick the remedy?But what happens afterwards? Once I remove the cone he will most certainly start licking and ingest the borax+hydrogen peroxide solution. Should I give him another bath or is this non-toxic once it dries?

Thank you!

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Marsha,

The remedy is non-toxic. If your cat ingests a lot of it, you might see a couple loose stools. What I have done is made up a large batch of the solution - enough to fill a small dish pan or tub. Then place your pet in the bath of solution and keep pouring solution over the pet so the pet is constantly wetted by the solution as well as soaking in it. Keep this up for a half hour or 45 minutes -make sure the room you are working in is warm and the solution is warm so your pet does not take a chill. After 45 minutes let your pet out, let him shake off and then towel dry and air dry from there. What you are doing is compensating for the shortened drip dry process by soaking your pet longer in the solution. I find crystals of borax in my pet's coat so I brush them out; if I am worried about my pet taking a chill I blow dry as I brush out. The key is to leave the active, working solution on the pet as long as possible, half hour at least - and soaking in the solution accommodates that need.

(White bear, MN usa)

I agree with all you say except my (and most cats) are not going to put up with that length of time :45 minutes! ; But the longer the better with that solution is the key words. Even ppl can't usually stay in a bathtub that long lol. So don't be surprised if just 10-15 or twenty minutes of pouring over Ted's solution will be just fine. The more you work w/ kitty the longer they'll put up with it in my opinion. May have to have more frequent treatments- that's all. They're paws will for sure be saturated well if "standing" in the dishpan. Your welcome 🐈 Help those itchy kitties!

*Deirdre Layne of earth clinic gives a detailed video but it is with her dog, which is Very cooperative & would sit there all day I imagine; but than again a lot more dogs seem to get the mange is what ppl say. I know of one friend who just went to a veterinarian w Dog & their poor dog died from mange. (I don't think that lime sulphur dips work always)

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Posted by Rena (Ca) on 06/07/2017

A cat moved into my walkway and was close to dying . Had what looks like mange from internet pictures that I compare to him. To make a long story short I tried the Borax and hydrogen peroxide 6%, 1 part peroxide to two parts of water. then the Borax. a cup or so. Shake it up and applied to the cat avoiding the eyes . Used vasoline around the eye area to kill the mites. Leave the Borax on the cat do not wash it off. Let it dry . then reapply two days later. THIS IS SOME KIND OF MIRACLE STUFF. The cat had open sores from itching all the hair was gone on its head and neck. The borax didn't burn the cat . The sores all dried up two days later the difference was incredible . I never would have believed it . The Borax WORKS!! I also bought the Nu stock sulfur, But compared to the Borax . The Borax and Peroxide nothing compares to how fast it worked . The cat had instant relief. I came here looking for the website that I had found this information about Borax . I wanted to thank the man that posted using Borax. and everyone for their reviews of it. It is a FIVE star And I'm telling you Some kind of MIRACLE CURE.

Replied by Marina

My 16 year old diabetic, stomatitis cat was diagnosed by her veterinarian with demodectic mange. Will Ted's solution work on this type mange? I don't want to traumatize her with a bath unless I know it's going to work. We did the lime sulfur dips the last time she had this and it was VERY traumatic for her so will only do that again as a last resort. Any other tried and true treatments for this type of mange? Thanks for your help!

Replied by Betty
(1603 Charles)

Borax on washing power aisle, at Publix? Or Boric acid that kills roaches? Please I have a stray kitten in despite need of treatment

EC: 20 Mule Team Borax from laundry aisle.

Replied by Marina

Borax on the washing powder aisle is what I got.

Replied by Pauline

Can the borax hurt my cat when he licks himself?

Replied by Shannon

Will the borax treatment beharmful when they lick it off their fur?

Replied by Jms

No it will not harm them from licking it. It's a natural substance that is edible in limited amounts and is actually beneficial.

Replied by Staci
(Philippi WV)


My cats were adopted from a foster home. A couple of months later they gave us the cat tree they used to at on....then....the mites showed up. Started the bath tonight on one and the other kitty doesn't seem to have it, but I suppose we should give her the bath too. The second kitty is a lot smaller than the infected cat. Should I be worried about that?
I'll keep y'all posted. Thank you!!!

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Posted by Keycat (Salinas, California) on 07/16/2016

Cat Mange Passed to Me..

I'm so happy I found this site- super informative! I just gave my cat her first treatment of Teds recipie and it seemed to go really well. I now have it. Agh! Very irritating that not only my kitty has this issue but I'm living it with her.

Are there any remedies that can be suggested for myself to bath in? Also, my only other questions were in regards to measurements and amount of applications. The stories shared were great but I couldn't find any exact recipe with an "after care" and a "how to" all in one.??

My questions were - 1. How much solution(of teds) should I be applying? 2. Do I rinse it off after I let her sit with it for twenty/thirty minutes? 3. How long after her first treatment should I give her another? 4. What can I clean her bedding with? (And my bedding) 5. Are there any suggestions for bathing myself? (Other than seeing my primary care of course) thank you to all who posted and helped inform others about these remedies. I've been to numerous vets and mostly end up paying a fortune and not getting very good care.

You all are a wonderful community! Thanks again.

Replied by Brook
(Yakima, Washington)

Mange mites do not pass to humans, scabies does.

Replied by Tina
(Port Richey, Florida)

mange mites ARE scabies! Same thing and yes you can pass them from animal to person.. for a person, if you dont want to go to a doctor for medicine, cover the rash area with clear nail polish, it suffocates the mites. and should clear up the problem

Gulfport gyrl


Please NEVER put fingernail polish on any animal for any reason! It is nothing but toxic chemicals!

Replied by Karen
(Phoenix Az)

What are the measurements for this treatment?

(Mpls., Mn)

You can find the measurements at the top of the page.

Replied by Caei

Bird Mites transfer to humans, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, et al... You should use this on your cat and yourself. You also should send in a vetDNA test to see what kinds of mites you two have.

Replied by Glenda
(Trinity, TX)

According to "Ted's Mange Cure Directions" (NOT the testimonials), you ONLY use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide - Do NOT use stronger Peroxide like one testimonial said! Use 2 cups of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, 4 cups warm water, & 3 heaping Tablespoons of Borax. Mix it together & bathe your cat in it. Personally, I would use a rag dipped in the solution to bathe your cat, instead of dipping the cat & soaking it. You let the cat air dry with the solution on it, & apparently do NOT wash it off! I wouldn't soak the cat in water & let it airdry, as it could make the cat sick, & some have gotten sick, & died (from what I heard years ago - NOT from this solution, but from being all wet! ). So as one person said, they soak a rag in the solution & bathe the cat that way ( it may still be soaking wet though), but try to keep a heater near the cat, or in the room to keep it warm until it dries completely (especially in winter time! ). You should bathe your cat with this solution TWICE A WEEK.

Use this same mixture to spray down the pets sleeping area & other areas where it spends time. Wash the bedding frequently as well. I would say to use this same treatment on your own body where you have mange, or bathe in it by soaking a rag in the solution & washing up with it. Use it on your bedfing too. It says to spray it down with the solution. You can wash laundry in Borax, I don't know how you'd use enough peroxide in the washing machine! Probably could just wash bedding in Borax. OR spray it with the solution, let it dry (maybe) then wash in just Borax.


Glenda, its true what you are describing, although I want you to realize a person can use any strength peroxide as long as they <> dilute it to 3%. The post that said 6% also said she diluted it by half, so she WAS using 3%. It's probably what she could get her hands on, easily. It was a bit confusing. Maybe tmi, but I suppose she was just running her process by the community.

Borax and Peroxide Treatment
Posted by Bcnewe (Iowa) on 12/03/2014

Is Ted's mange cure safe for use on cats? I have both dogs and cats that I would like to try this on but know cats are sensitive to things that dogs are not. Thank-you!

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Hi, I have used Ted's mange cure on one cat with good results and just had to repeat once more. But it did not contain the H202. However she's fine now and I dust her once in a while with DE. That is right for her type of coat.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Dana
(Sedalia, US)

Hi, to whom it may concern, I took in a female stray (winter time), have a big heart. Low and behold, she was pregnant, OMG!! Out came 5, yes 5 baby kitties!! Fast forward, 9 month, still have the kitties (long story - husband in near fatal auto accident), also foster mom. Getting to my point... a time or two one of the males have slipped out, wondering if he brought this wonderful bug home! Just don't have the money to treat my 6 cats. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!

Love, hugs and prayers, Dana

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Dana!

Mange in cats is not common. Can you describe what it is you are experiencing with your cats? Itching/scabs/sores?


Replied by Elise Schmitz
(Corpus Christi)

Found I 3 to 4 day old kitten. Its skin is flaking off and it has little puss like pimples on its belly.What do you think it is?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Elise!

It sounds like kitten cradle cap/pyoderma. Make sure the baby is clean and in clean bedding; use an antibacterial shampoo or hand soap and follow up with a diluted vinegar rinse - 1 part vinegar to 10 parts warm water to balance the PH of the skin after the bath. And make sure you potty manually as kittens this young cannot go potty on their own.

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Posted by Kat (Fremantle Western Australia) on 02/16/2014

Just been using Ted Mange Remedy that I added a dash of tea tree oil to for good luck. My 16 year old burmeseX has been plagued with mange every summer for half his life. I take him to the vet once a year at that time and he gets a jab for infection plus a cortizone one, they worked to a small degree. This year his mange is rampant over whole body, his skin like chronic exema. I have used Ted's remedy 3 times over the last couple of weeks. The improvement is amazing even in such a short space of time. The first time I sprayed it on using a spray bottle, the second time I tried tipping over in sink and third time just using a small face cloth soaked in solution on the bathroom floor next to drain hole. It seemed the easiest method to date. My cat is savage even in his debilitated state. I recommend this treatment.

Replied by Susee
(Sydney Australia)

Kat from Western Australia, could you please tell me what brand of borax you used on your cat because my borax says to immediately wash off skin. Thanks

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Susee!

Not Kat, but I hope this will help.

Borax is sodium tetraborate. That should be the *only* ingredient you should see listed on the box of whatever brand of borax you find.

Sodium tetraborate is a naturally occurring mineral that has the same toxicity as table salt. I've given many a dog and puppy a borax bath and its been splashed in my face and doesn't sting my eyes, nor has it been harsh on the skin - mine included.

Replied by Letitia
(Glencoe, Al)

I have an outside male cat who began having lesions that I first thought were ring worm. After treating him with Clotrimazole USP 1% for a couple weeks with no apparent results, I began searching and found the recipe for mange: 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide to two parts water and 20 Mule team Borax shaken into solution. I treated him with this solution every other day allowing the solution to air dry on him. My pharmacist son also suggested I crush half a 10 mg cetirizine and feed it to him concealed in salmon. It has been approximately a week and he has responded extremely well to these treatments. He only has one tiny spot about the size of a pin prick on his forefoot. I will say he is not much of a self groomer, so allowing the solution to air dry on him has not caused him any ill effects that I can discern except to lighten his fur a little. (I always use disposable gloves when treating or touching him- - -even though the lesions are now gone.) Also someone in the posts above interchanged boric acid with borax. Please don't use boric acid. Borax and Boric Acid are not the same. Boric acid is extremely toxic. Borax is a salt, although toxic, it is not the poison that boric acid is.

Replied by Tina
(Berkshire, NY)

i would like to try this on my cat who has come down with mange, how much Borax do I add to the peroxide and water?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Tina!

Mange is rare in cats; if your cat is an adult who is frequently out doors it is possible your cat has contracted sarcoptic mange, which is transmissible to humans. I urge you to take your cat to a vet for a proper diagnosis as if your cat does indeed have sarcoptic mange you will need to take steps to avoid contracting it yourself.

That said, for the amount of borax, you add enough borax to that it stops dissolving. So for example you would take 1 cup of peroxide, along with 2 cups of water, and then start with 1 cup of borax and gradually stir in the borax into the solution to the point that it stops melting and you find grains swirling around. This is called a 'saturated' solution, where the liquid contains so much borax it can no longer dissolve. When you have a saturated solution you have the proper amount.



You do Not use a cup of the 20 mule team borax. 3 T (tablespoons) big difference!

My cat is a long hair orange&white big but sensitive cat. And I've used just 2 Tablespoons and had great results. A cup-8ounces; that's way too much fyi Read up for Ted's recipe. 4 c. Water/ 2 c. Hydrogen 3% peroxide/ 3 T. Borax (from laundry aisle).

You really should watch Deirdre's mange video on it ( because the water should be warm & borax dissolves only in very warm or hot water so you dissolve it first in that & let cool slightly while getting the rest of things together.

Replied by Leezeca

Will look up Ted's remedy, thank you. I wanted to add that I have read multiple cat remedy posts on this site and it seems to be that tea tree oil should Not be used on cats. Maybe check into this?

Replied by Kelly
(Wellington, Fl)

I read in your post that you added tea tree oil to the treatment. I have read that tea tree oil is toxic to cats so please look into that. I am glad that your cat is doing better.

Replied by Susan
(Miami Springs, Fl)

Please be careful! Tea Tree or Melaleuca is highly toxic to cats. It builds up in their system and they are unable to flush it out!

Replied by Pamela Tull

YES, indeed - - tea tree oil can shut down the kidneys in cats, maybe not after one time exposure or maybe not after a couple of weeks of one exposure, but it does do its dastardly deed!

Replied by Patricia Downs

Recipe says 20 borax. teaspoons, ounces what?

EC: 20 Borax refers to the brand commonly used - 20 Mule Team Borax.

Ted's Mange Cure Recipe:

Mix together 2 cups hydrogen peroxide, 4 cups warm water and 3 heaping tablespoons of borax. Use the solution to bathe your  cat twice a week. Allow the solution to air dry on your cat.

Replied by Cheryl G
(Ontario, Canada)

oh no!!! Please NEVER use tea tree on cats! It's a neuro toxin to them! I made that mistake as I've always used it on my dogs.. cat injested some and went into seizure .. almost lost her

Replied by Amber
(San Pedro Ca)


It's highly toxic to cats, even a little bit could shut down their liver and kidneys. Research ANYTHING you intend to feed/treat/medicate your pet with before doing so. Please, it could be a matter of life and death for your beloved pet.

Replied by Terri

Please don't use tea tree oil on cats. I believe it is toxic, as most essential oils are toxic to cats and they also will ingest when grooming!

Replied by ~ 2BeFearless

Essential oils which can be applied to a cat's skin are few. Vet's Best, Tropiclean, the cedar company and a few others have created cat specific flea and tick sprays using mint, clove, cedar, in safe amounts or processed so they can be used on cats. There are a very few more essential oils cats can tolerate in small amounts, but they aren't effective with these pests.

Mites are in the tick family or in the tick & spider family. They are an arthropod. Effectiveness varies for many ingredients, but borax works pretty much across the board with most of this type pests.

Borax and Peroxide Treatment
Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 07/08/2011

ted; my kitten had mange approx. eight months ago so bad i had no clue what it was, it was some disgusting;i had already given up on vets. he wanted to test her for a thyroid problem while i'm here worried sick about this horrible looking disease on my kitten was, thankfully i found your site by luck and chance. i treated her for approx. three months with peroxide and borax i made a paste and did her treatments every three days or more, she was very sickly and has upper respiratory infection so i didn't want to weaken her immune system any more than need be, it was really tough on her all around she continued to throw up no matter what i fed her, so i gave her acv every meal she was cured and still is of throwing up and doing great, during her treatments of peroxide and borax she seemed to be having mild seizures.

finally i decided to stop the treatments for awhile and left the same borax and peroxide on her temp. a couple weeks later she seemed to be ok so i went back to the same treatments the mange appeared all gone, i kept the house clean, washed floors with ammonia and/or disinfectant, things seemed to be ok, i just checked my small dog and he has sores all over his tail(?)it's raw from him biting his tail; thats the same way my kitten had her mange was on her tail.

my kitten has more sores or some sort of scars i thought might be mange again, but again i have a cat that beats on my kitten, my kitten will not let me check her tummy to see what it is, should i start more treatments on my cat again as well as my small dog?

gee this is a nightmare even though the treatments are great, i hate seeing animals suffer. i recently saw small black hard shelled bugs running around, when i thought i got rid of them i found them to have moved into the laundry room then into my husbands room; please tell me these are not mange/ mites? i can't seem to kill them. also i was wondering if these bugs may have come in from the hay i have on my front patio? they do come in on my socks i assume.

i'm terribly sorry for such a long message but it's scary and itchy here with all of us. i think i should move out as i'm being invaded by these mites.

thank you so much for your help. god bless

Replied by Mel
(Houma, La)

My rescued kitten was treated w/ Advantage for skin rash d/t Mange, mites & fleas. Does anyone know if Ted's Borax Remedy will wash off the Advantage & if so should the Advantage be reapplied?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hello Mel,

Any bathing will wash off the Advantage. Read the information on the Advantage product label or ask your vet to find out when you can bath your kitten without interfering with the Advantage.

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Posted by Jen (Toronto, Canada) on 05/26/2008

Just wanted to say that I tried the borax treatment on my cats tail (he's got what is called a 'stud tail) and it worked wonders. He always had an oily tail and I tried everything even professional grooming and nothing helped before! So at least that problem is out of the way for now. But he has another problem - a hernia. Does anyone know of any treatment methods for a cat hernia? I really don't want to opt for surgery.

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