Cat Mange Natural Treatment


Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Ma.usa) on 05/13/2011

I have been posting in this one forum for months now about my little kitten I found wandering the streets in a storm. She was very tiny, she couldn't hold any thing on her stomach, I checked her body for her size and weight when I noticed a lot of bumps I thought to be sores, I did a web seach and thankfully I found this site, where a picture of a dog with mange was shown and sure enough it was mange I was dealing with, it took me months to deal with the whole situation because she was so mal-nutritioned; I found a special and strong vitamin powder for her and the best and most expensive cat food for her.

I started her treatments of borax and peroxide all over accept near her eyes, I had to leave it on over night because she hid on me where I couldn't find her or reach her, the next morning she came out to eat so I got her first thing and bathed her clean then a good rinse, she then started eating in great amounts. That was way too much of an ordeal for her so I needed to give her a few days rest even though I really wanted to get this done as quickly as possible, three days later she started trusting me again so I put another solution of peroxide/borax on her and left it to do it's work once again, I felt she knew it was doing her some good. And as for her constantly throwing up, I added some ACV to her cat food for only a few days and she was doing great, no more throwing up at all, even though it was mostly hair-balls the ACV did the trick 100% then I bought fish oil caps. And added it to her food every day for the oil to help with a shiny coat plus move the hair balls out when she moved her bowels.

Again I went back to the treatment of her mange again rinsed out the solution of borax and peroxide. I did this for three months where I was getting worried as warm weather was coming and the baby mites were developing quickly and my poor kitty was getting terribly upset, so I went to the drug store in hopes of getting quell for humans body lice it had to be bought by prescription only, so I sat in the drug store and read all the ingredients until I found what was good for humans head lice, one of the ingredients was permethrin:leave it on only five minutes, for a dog I'm not sure but it did great for my kitten and I finally am free of the mange bot of the treatments of peroxide & borax plus the head lice solution did the complete job.

Now she is so fat she can no longer jump up onto the table unless she falls back down. Then we have a self disposed cat litter box she sits on the motor, I guess she likes the motion/the noise or what, but she is the natural & normal baby kitty she should be, she loves chasing my small dogs around and making an older cat mind his manners when he growls at every one, the kitten demands Law & Order (chuckles).....

Thanks to Ted and everyone else that has made this website possible for people like me to treat my loving pets as well as other people's pets.

"The greatness of a nation and it's moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" Gandhi

God bless

Replied by Penny
(Polo, Ill)

Where do I get borax and what is the amount of borax/ peroxide to use?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Penny!

You can get plain, regular Borax in most any grocery store laundry aisle. It helps to clip your cat's claws before heading to the tub!

Try this to make enough solution to treat your cat for mites:

You will need:

1 brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide from the grocery store [its a 16 oz bottle of a 3% solution]

1 box Borax from the laundry aisle [unscented]

1 gallon jug - clean, empty [to be used to mix up the solution]

32 ounces of pure filtered or distilled water


Pour the bottle of hydrogen peroxide in to the empty jug and add 32 ounces [or two of the now empty brown peroxide bottle filled up twice] of filtered tap water or distilled water. This gives you 48 ounces of a 1% hydrogen peroxide solution that is needed for the next step.

Next add 1 cup of borax crystals to the jug and shake. There should be undisolved grains of borax in the mix - this is what you want to see. Now you have a jug of cold solution. Next fill your bath tub with hot water and rest the jug in the tub; when the tub water has cooled enough to make a nice cozy warm bath for your cat, the solution inside the jug will also be nice and warm. Next, bathe your cat in regular kitty shampoo and then rinse well. Then drain out all the soapy bath water and plug up the tub again. Now pour the grainy solution over your cat. It will help to use a plastic cup to scoop up the solution from the bottom of the tub so you can keep pouring the solution over her again and again and again - make sure you get the head and ears; use a wash cloth to apply to the head and face. Note: while you should avoid the eyes the solution does not appear to sting the eyes -I've gotten it splashed in my eyes quite a few times and it did not hurt. After about 10 minutes slip on an E-collar so your cat cannot lick herself and crate her in an empty crate with NO bedding. The idea is to have your cat sit with the wet, working solution on her for another 20-30 minutes. If its cold in your area then turn the heat UP in the house before bathing her. Then after half an hour, take your cat out of the crate and towel dry, and use a brush to work any of the borax crystals out of her coat. Borax has the same toxicity as regular table salt, but taken in large quantities will cause loose stools, so brush the crystals out so as not to give her an upset stomach. [This is different advice than given for dogs, who do not lick themselves dry and can simply be let loose from the crate to air dry and shake the borax crystals off].

You did not state what type of mites your cat has, but generally you would bathe your cat in this solution, mixed up fresh each time, 2-3 times a week for the first week, and then once per week for 4 -8 weeks, depending on the severity of the infestation, and the life cycle of the species of mite you are dealing with.

Replied by Edward
(Greensboro, Nc)
Replied by Robin

My cat is large, 40 inches nose to tail tip and 20 lbs.. When I bathe him I wear an old sweatsuit.. Assemble everything needed, put warm water in the tub and lock the door.. Then I hold him and climb into the tub with him.. It's messy but it's the only way I can handle him.. He goes out in the rain but hates the warm water..

Replied by Jessiecat

What if the gangster cat never had a bath? How would I do this quickly?

Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Ma.usa) on 05/04/2011

Well I said I would be back to post more info. On my kitten and her progress;and a slow progress it was. I found a kitten approx. Four months ago wandering the streets in a heavy snow storm, I brought her home and fed her but her food would not stay down so after a months try I did a web search and thankfully I found this site;while examining my new kitten I found sores all over her body they were nasty looking, so I again checked this site and there it was"Mange"I gave her the treatments with a few days in between to rest as I was trying to build up her immune system, she was very thin, tiny and sickly. I gave her ACV in her food and after a day or two she was doing great holding her food down and wanting to eat more and more, she is much better in that dept. After two full months of this over load of mange covering her whole body except her face yet! I finally got most of these mites out but the others were stubborn and developing new babies, finally I went to the drug store to get some quell for scabies, it was not over the counter as I had thought, so I searched through all items for cooties of the head lol there is one for head lice with permethrin, I put it on her an left it for five minutes and rinsed her twice to be sure there was no more solution on her body as it would have burned her skin, she is now hopefully free and clear of any mites except the dead ones I comb out with a fine tooth comb offered with the lice solution. I am so thankful for this site and that my kitty has a newer start in life, pain free.

Thanks to every one that has made peoples education about animals care more available, cheaper and easier to treat.

I hope to come back with yet more good news on the progress of my sweet little kitty" Muffin" I wish I had of taken a pic. before and after, she is now beautiful, fat and brassy, she is the youngest//smallest and yet she is in charge of all other pets here including the dogs lol

God bless every one.

Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Ma.usa) on 04/22/2011

This has been some gruesome journey, but I am most grateful for this site. I heard awhile back that any animal with mange was automatically put to sleep because of the treatments entailed were lengthly, expensive and very painful for some animals. I found a very fluffy kitten thin, dirty and what looked like bites, I thought maybe she was chewing herself because of fleas. She was wandering the streets during one of Massachusetts biggest storms. I took her home & fed her, I let her adjust to her new home first, then within two days I decided to bathe her, whatever she had wasn't going away with one bath, I did a web search and thankfully there were pictures of dogs with mange and I could surely identify with all the signs, so I followed the directions and found it was a long drawn out process, but the process was well worth it. I have given her the total of four baths but I would let her rest a few days to a week as I felt she was already weakened by other diseases(of unknown origin).

I was getting so worn out from the process, and trying to keep every single room in the house clean and free of these mites as I saw them flying around looking for new hosts. I washed, scrubbed, and threw whatever needed air outside on the patio for the cold air to rid these mites if any attatched to clothing, bedding etc. Then I too would take an ACV bath, even or amonia is good, 1/2 cup full in bath water and same for washing clothes.

Today April 22, 2011 I have just given my kitten her fourth bath this eve. During the first part of the week I used neem oil where it raised these mites above the skin, I let it set for a day or two, then I filled the big sink with warm water, I already had borax mixed with peroxide I put that on her and rubbed it in as good as I could, waited a few min. Then rinse, then put dawn dish liquid on her and washed her real good feeling & making sure there were no more raised bumps(mites)then for last results I rinsed her with warm water & ACV......... Thankfully I didn't see or feel any more mites anywhere on her, all I can do now is pray & keep my fingers crossed. I know she is rather upset with this process but there is no way of explaining it to her until she is totally free of these mites and is able to be a kitten for the first time in her little life.

Last night for the first time in months she escaped from the house outside, I watched her chasing leaves flying around the yard, it was worth a thousand words to watch her playing for the first time ever. She has gained weight big time, she was eating six to seven times a day because of the loss of her nutrients, I was and still am giving her Paul Newman's chicken & rice//rice is good for anyone as it absorbs any impurities in the body. We are all here for a purpose in life; I do believe we are here to protect mother earth and our pets as well as all animals. I will be back on more of her progress. Thanks for everyone's help here God bless

Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Ma.usa) on 04/04/2011

I can tell you this kitten has a lot of fight in her.

I have been treating my kitten for the past few weeks, with very little results only because she dosen't let me finish the process so then I have to wait until she calms down some, then when she comes to me when I call her then I'm ready as well as she is. I have started by putting neem oil & vitamin oil on these mites just to start any process I could until I found this site. Even though I wasn't about to wash off the oil's and put her through too many ordeals at one time, I had to cut corners as best as I could and try being consistant, my kitten is a fighter in many ways, one she fights to live and two fights me because she thinks I am trying to do her harm/and the water bit? I'm trying to drown her(NOT)lol This is what I did, it had to be a one time deal until a few more weeks when she re-builds her confidence in me again. So I put a shower chair in my bath tub, I set up all the things I needed to give her a bath, I had already put the borax & peroxide on the night before, so the items in my bath tub;I put ACV, dawn dish liquid a very large bowl filled with ACV and warm water, I wore thin pants and a shirt in the shower, I sat in the shower chair with a heavy bath mat on my lap for claw protection then I had the kitten passed into me;as I applied the water an ACV I also applied the dish liquid and washed her good all over then rinsed her with fresh ACV and warm water and now she appears to be a nice fresh clean kitty;I hope :o) I'm quite sure there will be more treatments along the way as she was covered from head to toe. They were some huge dudes and dudettes chuckles. Right now she is cleaning herself with the most of her worries taken care of. She thinks she is hiding on me because she can't see me, but I can see her. And to think this kitten wouldn't have had a chance other wise. IT's us; you, me and thee that make a huge difference in these little babies lives. I hope this site goes on for many, many years on. good luck & god bless.

Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Ma.usa) on 04/01/2011

As I had written in previous messages, I have a stray kitten here she is the sweetest kitty ever, I'm willing to try most any thing to help her get better and I might say she has improved a wee bit from the time I found her from five to ten weeks later, at first she could not hold any food down at all, she was biting & itching constantly, I gave her Apple Cider Vinegar everyday & now she eats everything constantly and still wants more, because of these mites they suck the nutrients from the animals bodies. I have actually seen two of these mites flying around the house after one of my kitties treatments of borax and peroxide then I put vit. E all over her as these mites couldn't get back on board or whatever. These mites have an all black body except on top of the back has an oval shape blood red on it's back and they are some big; so they must burrow real deep. I have been giving my kitten a probiotic 500mg which seems to some what help. I'm very nervous as it's so much harder to do a cat/kitten because they fear water. I still see red dots on her back? she won't sit still so I can examine her and I don't really have anyone to help me with her. I was wondering if it be acceptable to use a dropper and put mineral oil in her ears? they are dirty and infested. Every time I call my vet his wife's calculator starts kicking in.

I had some what expected and/or hoped for a quick remedy never knowing what these mites are or how they were eliminated. I read where it's worse for the animal if they get too stressed out so I try to let her rest a few days but by then she runs from me. I really hate putting her through this again. How can I tell if she has anymore? And does these red dots mean they are still there? Thanks every one.

Respiratory Infection, Mange

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Posted by Diamond (Salisbury, Usa) on 08/29/2011

I'm really feeling so bad about my beautiful little kitty, she has both returning mange and an upper resp. Infection. I did good for the remainder of the summer and allowed her to play even though she tired easily. But it seems that the mange comes in or out for the winter and now she is loaded. I used the usual dosing of borax and peroxide, it got rid of only a few and there was another huge amount left, so I found a great nit comb, I put a natural oil on her fur and just comb them out, they totally grossed me out they are so big and black, also looked like white ones where they may have been eggs. Her body always feels cold to me. I'm hoping to try and do some less evasive remedies and only pray they continue to work. I can say this; she is some strong trooper. I hope she continues to hang on in the battle to combat these two diseases

Thank you so much for this site and letting me share as well as you sharing with me. God bless

Replied by Judyds
(Oconomowoc, Wi)

Look into a product called Nu-Stock. There are very many testimonials for it getting rid of mange. It is a sulphur based salve.

Replied by Natalie

That sounds like fleas, as u cannot see mites!

Replied by Steve

I have cured upper respiratory infections in kittens whose eyes were so infected that the eyelids would be glued shut with dried pus when they awakened from a nap, and they could barely breath. I just used regular eyedrops to flush out the eyes so they could see, and gave them the following vitamins for about a week; Vit C, Vit E, Cod Liver Oil. I would add Vit D3 to that list if I had to deal with it again, and maybe some collodial silver, which can also be used in the eyes. (Have used it in my own eyes to make sure it would be OK. Sovereign Silver is the brand I have used).

Try to get the Vit C in gel cap form for better digestion, around 500 mg should be about right, but I have used 1000 mg with no problem. Vit E should be around 400 IU and D3 can be 2-5000 IU. All vits should be Natural, not synthetic, as synthetic Vits can be toxic, and the ones I used were made for humans, not pets. Give them to them however you can get them to swallow them, daily or every other day until they get better, and if the symptoms ever return just do it again. Hope this helps.

Replied by Tammy
(Midwest, Wyoming)

Will this recipe also work on adult cats with an upper respiratory infection?

Sea Salt, Hydrogen Peroxide, Olive Oil

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Posted by Sally (Rochester, Ny) on 07/01/2016

Sally's Cat Mange Cure:

We had a stray cat that we made friends with, who would just come hang out with us when we'd sit outside. One day his coat started to turn orange (he was black) and the fur started falling out. Under it I could see that he had an itchy painful rash. I was pretty sure it was mange, so I read up on it and invented the following cure.

I mixed together equal parts sea salt (has to be sea salt, not iodized) hydrogen peroxide, and extra virgin olive oil, mixed it up, and, with a plastic glove gooped it on his infected areas. He was a sometimes skittish cat, but he still let me smooth it on these painful areas, which suggested to me that it felt ok on his skin. I kid you not, the very next day, the sores were healing up, and within 2 days, his fur was growing back. I'd say within 2 weeks his fur was pretty much back to normal. It was great to see him comfortable again, as he was a complete cutie.

Not sure if EVO, sea salt or h2o2 are ok for dogs, but it works amazingly for cats. Plus it seems comfortable, rather than painful for them to have it put on them. I'm thinking he licked it a little, and also ingested, the concoction. As a side note, if a cat has worms, if you mix a little loose, raw tobacco in his food, it eliminates the worms quickly, and harmlessly.

Replied by Gail
(Amherst, Ohio)

Cat mange cure. Wouldn't the sea salt burn?

Replied by Kay

How many times do I need to apply this mix?

Replied by Pam

Hi. What quantities should you use, when you say equal parts as 2 are liquids and the sea salt would dissolve? Thankyou

Replied by Robert

How often do you treat the cats and do you leave it on or bath or rinse it off

Replied by Joy

Real Sea Salt ( not that cheap useless, table salt) the salt from the sea, that is what you want it is amazing for skin disorder it drys and heal eczema even on people Sea salt mixed in water stops the itching instantly, I would use a tablespoon or two dilute it with water in two cups warm water and pour it on the skin instant relief. Sea salt also has antibiotic qualities

Replied by Bertha
(El Monte, Ca)

How do you mix it, and place it on cat's skin??

Ted's Borax and Peroxide Remedy for Mange

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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 Eva
(United States)

My cats mange just began! He only has one spot right at the edge of his eye! How do I treat this area since it's right next to the eye?

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