Cat Mange Natural Treatment

| Modified: Oct 22, 2018
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.

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Posted by Vickie (Uk) on 04/21/2017
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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 😻


Hello Vicki!

I have ferals with mange and don't know how to fix them. How are you going to treat yours with vinegar spray? Mine wouldn't stay around for a moment if they saw me with a bottle or anything else. Have you had any success Yet?

Thank you.

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?

Replied by Dorothy
San Diego

Do you know if the cat had feline scabies mange or demodectic mange?

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.

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.

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

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.

Posted by Rena (Ca) on 06/07/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Posted by Jen (Toronto, Canada) on 05/26/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Marsha (Nashville, TN) on 03/23/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Cat mange cure with hydrogen peroxide, borax, and warm water. My 10 year old lynx/siamese /himalayan cat developed intense itching with loss of hair and redness around the neck recently. I thought it was hair mats at first. I called to schedule a shave for her but the vet said they would have to sedate her and get blood work first to see if it was safe to sedate her. Total price, $300! I said "never mind". I began to feel that her condition was more than hair mats. I thought it resembled the mange in dogs I'd seen. I research the net for cat mange and the symptoms matched perfectly. I found Ted's peroxide,borax,water concoction and immediately fixed up a small amount. About 3TBS borax, 2 cups warm water, and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide. I took a small rag and soaked it and rubbed it around her neck. She was suspcious at first of the wet rag but she was enjoying the rub to much to care for long. Before I started the application her neck was red and hairless. Within 1 hour her skin color on her neck was a light pink. I checked her the next day and the area was flesh colored and she wasn't scratching so much. I did another treatment that day for a added kill of the mites and let it rest the 3rd day. On the 4th day her hair is regrowing about an inch and she has more energy. I treated her again and rewarded her with fresh catnip. My cat never goes outside and there are no more animals around. Although on pretty days I open her window so she can perch there and watch the outside. I was thinking maybe bird mites blew on her if thats possible. Anyway the remedy works on cats too! Thankyou for saving me lots of $$$ and the unknown chemicals and added stress of going to the vet on her. Her name by the way, is Whisper and she says "Meow meow" (thats thankyou Ted)

Replied by Donna
Manchester, Nh

Please let me know if there is a peroxide and borax amout to bathe an entire cat in. My cat has invisible mites and Revolution is not working. Thank you

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Donna!

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. 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 Sandy
Bham. Al.

Will hydrogen peroxide/borax hurt a cat if they lick it after applied?

Replied by Susie
Grand Prairie Texas

20 Mule Team Borax with peroxide works great for Sarcoptic Mange and so does Doc BENS Cedar Oil. We got Sarcoptic Mange from a puppy and struggled with this for over a year. We have also used Dr. scabies and Diatomateous Earth. This is a very contagious parasite problem. Must keep beds sheets, blankets, pillows, and clothes washed and dried at very hot heat EVERY DAY WE SPRAY THE HOUSE WITH CEDAR Oil.

Replied by Alexandra
South Fallsburg, Ny

What type of borax. I know they have borax in the laundry section. Would that work? Its like powder soap?

EC: Yes. It is the borax in the laundry section. 20 Mule Team is a commonly used brand.

Replied by Kristine

Can I blow dry my cat? I'm very sure he will lick it until he's dry..

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Posted by Kelly (Ca) on 03/30/2018
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Just recently, I took in a stray Tuxedo cat, whom I named Max. Max had a nasty case of mange when he first showed up. I wanted to help him get well, and tried a few natural home remedies, none of which he took to. Then I remembered that I had a jar of organic coconut oil in the house. I put on a disposable glove, dipped my fingers into the jar of coconut oil, and rubbed my fingers together to melt the oil. I went outside on the patio where Max was and rubbed the coconut oil onto his mangy spots. I did this twice a day. Within days, the mange began to clear up. I'm telling you, organic coconut oil is a miracle from God!

I also fed Max a diet of holistic, grain-free cat food. He is getting stronger and healthier everyday, and now there is fur where the mange used to be. He is not 100% cured yet, but he is doing so much better than before. I highly recommend this remedy for anybody who has a pet cat with this problem, or anybody who finds and takes in a stray cat with this problem. It's truly a lifesaver.

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Posted by Shanarose (Nmb, Florida) on 01/16/2017
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I care for rescued cats (a reluctant cat lady .... I currently have 14) and some of these have come to me on the verge - suffering from mange and scabies .... since discovering diatomaceous earth some years back for fire ants (i am severely allergic to fire ant bites and DE kills them within hours) I found that if I rub a very small amount of DE (wear surgical gloves) on the mange area a few times a day ... within a few days the mange starts to clear and scabs start to form .... I have a cat who came here looking like he was burnt .... it was a severe case of mange ... within a month his hair had started to come back and today (two years later) he is a fluffy stunner .... all due to diatomaceous earth .... only put it on the target areas of the mange .... don't get it into their eyes ..... rub it on dry like a powder ..... don't get it wet ..... good luck and God bless ...

Replied by Harlene

Can you put the DE in the cats ears as well as on the skin? Also what if they lick the area that has the DE on it?

Replied by Lauren

I also have 14 cats that I am caring for. Coincidentally too, I live in Florida, but we have no fire ants in my area. Question please. Where to you buy the D.E. and is what you use the food grade kind that you dust the cats with? My 3 indoor cats seem to be suffering from mites; not mange. The biting and scatching is awful.

Replied by Cynthia
Montrose, Pa

Is is safe for the cat to ingest this stuff if you rub into fur?

Replied by Teresa

My cat seems like he has the mange..which DE fomula do I try...there's a bunch of different kinds

Posted by Geeg (Barrie On) on 10/07/2015
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Mange in cats- Diatomaceous Earth IS THE BOMB - I put it all over my cat's body and he hasn't scratched, pulled or chewed himself since... amazing stuff and great for a multitude of things for humans and animals and gardens- you have to try it!!!

Replied by Valliegirl2008
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Do u have a picture of what kind u used?

Replied by Mary
Blue Ridge

Hi! Please only use food grade diatomaceous earth on your pets. Search "food grade diatomaceous earth" on and read reviews to find a good brand.

Replied by Beth
Medford Or

Hello-~Help, at wits end! I applied DE all over my two indoor (kitten and cats fur) a few hours ago. Is it common for them to twitch, cry and scratch more??? How long does it take to kill these fleas from them? I also applied Frontline Plus two weeks ago but they still have bad fleas! I sprinkled DE on carpet and my comforter also (hope it's ok on the bed I have electric blanket beneath comforter). Thanks!

Replied by Mary

I bathed one cat's excoriated tummy with castille soap. It worked great! But then, I have to do this weekly. Another cat we've been giving vet-prescribed allergy pills, but...I think mange is the issue, not allergies. So I will try the ACV in her water. I also am giving her a tsp of yogurt daily now. This cat has been driven CRAZY by her skin condition. Taking her to the vet is not going to help, I've concluded. I have DE; DE doesn't work too well for fleas in one experiment I did: I put DE power in a floor tray and covered with a screen. Fleas do jump in, but they breed like crazy. I dump it out the window, with hundreds of baby fleas. I have had zero success with Frontline for the past two years. I called the mfr about it and was told that I was "not using it correctly". This is why people are switching to Advantage. I wonder if fleas are also becoming Advantage-resistant?

Replied by Susan
North Carolina

I have noticed that Advantage is not working as well as when I started using it. I have had the same experience with Revolution and Frontline. My friend told me to alternate each month. I freakin hate fleas and the area where I now live is, evidently, the world flea capital.

Replied by Oneher

For safe flea eradication: at night, I put lids with plain water scattered throughout the house, contain my the morning dispose of fleas down the toilet, rinse lids and reuse until no more fleas.😄

Replied by Cynthia

How do you keep your cat from ingesting the DE since it is not considered food grade? I have 4 cats and they all seem to be infested with demondex mange. I need to find a cure to stop their itching and get a handle. I can rub the DE on them or comb it through but I am afraid of cross grooming or self grooming and ot becoming toxic. Thank you.

Replied by Renee

Please use only food grade DE on your kitty. You can buy it through amazon and any health food market.

Replied by Grace

We have an indoor cat, Cotton, for 11 years no issues, One day I noticed she was itching ..going crazy biting her fur, licking herself over and over and just moping ... We checked with a magnifying glass for fleas, nothing off to the Vet . The Vet checked her with a nit comb and guess what a black flea! I actually refused to believe it so the Vet did it again and another flea. The vet also found she had an infected tooth which could make anyone go crazy. At my husband's work someone bought a puppy to his work a few times and I think he carried a flea home with him. Before taking her to the VET we had tried Apple cider Vinegar a couple days later we did hydrogen peroxides with borax, then the third day I tried sea salt nothing Then after the VET told us it was fleas, we used DE we saw the fastest quickest response with FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth within an hour no more itching, biting her fur or licking or going crazy she was calm tranquil again ...her old self. We flea fogged our house washed all the throw rugs in hot water and sprinkle fine sea alt in all the places she likes to lay down problem solved and vacuumed and put sea salt in the vacuum bag to kill any flea or eggs from hatching again.

Posted by Kate (Usa) on 11/18/2014
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Cat Mange, Mites, & Diatomaceous Earth

First & most importantly : usually an AGRICULTURAL Veterinarian will be much more aware of how to ID & treat mites on domestic & farm animals; heck, FARMERS have been dealing with this forever! And THE ABSOLUTELY SAFEST AND MOST EFFICACEOUS TREATMENT FOR MITES IS DIATOMACEOUS EARTH. Animals will themselves resort to this type remedy, I.e., they take dust baths! This is true for any animal except bees (sadly) and others with exoskeletons. Make friends with your local farmers' supply store - they know how to help and what will NOT work. Don't put your cat or yourself through the torture of sulfur-dips/borax/vinegar/oral drugs/ e-collars. Just put yer DE in a sock or stocking, and powder down yer furry friends. And that hint for a way to apply it came from the cashier at my local tractor-supply-co; her dog would take off if he saw her with a handful of the DE. The type of DE called 'Red Lake', with bentonite, will work fine too, but is not approved for Human consumption.

When I finally realized what was bothering my cat, Orlando, wasn't his "nerves" (the Prozac the Vet Rx'd only calmed him down), but was mange, I made the rounds of all the 'Online Vet/md' sites. There I was helped greatly in figuring out just which mite was attacking him. But the fact that their ONLY treatments were lime-sulfur baths(for CATS! ?) or Off-Label use of drugs known to be either toxic or fatal to felines, made me skeptical. So I put the word 'natural' into my search terms and happily landed ~here~ at earthclinic.

Replied by Cindy
Bc, Canada

I have an farm cat with mange and I want to use DE.... I don't think I can catch him to dust him with DE but could I put it in his bedding where he sleeps? He would be laying in it and hopefully dusting himself with it... Thoughts?

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Cindy!

My thoughts are: when you hear a stampede think cattle- not zebras!

Meaning: mange is uncommon to rare in cats, you are more likely dealing with a heavy flea infestation in your farm cat. You certainly could sprinkle the DE in the sleeping area, but to be most effective you should apply to the cat and work the DE down to the skin.

Not sure how viable this option would be for you, but you can make a simple flea trap with a small desk lamp, dish soapy water and a white plate. You put the lamp on the floor/in the sleeping area and put the plate of soapy water under neath the bulb - turn it on at night and check in the morning. This is an effective way to remove fleas from the environment.

Replied by Sarah
Gassville, Ar

On using DE: I bought some from our local Orscheln store to treat my cat, but I was wanting to know, how often should I retreat her? She was fairly cooperative putting it on her, thankfully. I'd been treating her for fleas, thinking that was the problem, until I started getting bites on my legs. Her favorite place to be is on the leg rest of my recliner when it's open... I am on a fixed income, so taking her to the vet would mean not paying one of my regular bills, so I did a search for some other options and found this page.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Sarah,

You still could be dealing with fleas, particularly at this time of year when it gets cold outside and the fleas will jump on your cat to get a ride to a warmer place. You might consider setting up a simple lamp trap to see if you catch fleas; the lamp trap is inexpensive and effective at removing fleas from the environment/chair. As for how often to dust your cat, I would dust her down to the skin every 3 days or so, taking care that she did not inhale it.

Replied by Vickie

I contracted scabbies from my cat Mugsy who I thought was just allergic to fleas until I broke out in a rash. The medicine Permethrin the Doctor prescribed me is lethal to cats. Once I treat her with DE then me with the presribed med.. Will I need to do anything to bedding clothing furniture etc. to keep them from coming back? If so.. can I sprinkle this DE powder on stuff? The "Red Lake" has bentonite and is not safe for human consumption. Does that mean that humans can't ingest it? Or come in contact with it period?

Also.. She's had this for many months. The only reason I finally got them is.. I was a week behind on getting her Frontline flea medicine because I'm on disability and had no money. I felt horrible because she was scratching so profusely.. so I held her and was scratching her bumps myself with my fingernails! Lastly can another human catch them from me? I know they're not easy to catch from a feline since she's had this for over a year and I've never caught it from her and I hold her and pet her all the time.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey Vickie!

You will need to clean the whole house, top to bottom and pay particular attention to your bedding and your cat's bedding.

I have to tell you that if this were my cat I would cut out the Frontline completely. I suggest you cease spending your money on topical poisons and instead use a flea comb and comb your cat for fleas, and also use a lamp trap to capture any fleas in your home.

A lamp trap is just that - a small desk lamp you put on the floor. Then put a plate of soapy water under it - I use dish soap and a white plate for better reflection of the light, plus you can see what you catch easier. Turn the lamp on and go to bed, and see what you catch in the morning. This is a super cheap way to catch fleas and stop an infestation.

Now, it sounds like you have had the scabies diagnosed via your human MD and not a vet via your cat. The species of scabies mite that lives on your cat transfers with close, prolonged contact. So if your cat sleeps on you while you watch TV, the mite can transfer to you. Cat scabies mites cannot reproduce on humans, and it is very unlikely you can infect another person: the infection happens when you have close contact with your infected cat, and perhaps your cat's infected bedding - so if your cat sleeps on the couch, there is a small chance your couch may infect a human.

If you have already invested in DE then I would first vacuum everything - floors and furniture and then go to town with the DE. It helps to establish a 'clean room' - a room that you disinfect or de-flea and de-mite in advance of tackling the whole house. Get one room as sterile as possible, usually your bedroom, so you have a place at the end of the day that is pest free to retire.

I start by a thorough vacuuming and then I wear a dust mask and gently spread the DE on the floor and work it slowly with a broom into all the floor board cracks. If you have carpeting you might consider a sugar sifter or flour sifter and use that to cover the entire carpet with a powdering of the DE. I then work the DE deep into the carpet fibers so it gets to the bottom - I do this on hands and knees and work with my fingers or a stiff brush. And then once the carpet is done I do the same to the furniture and work the DE deep into the fibers.

Now, the DE is not safe for electronics with moving parts so you might want to have things like your DVD player and TV in your safe room. I then leave the DE in place for 2-3 days. Then I vacuum LIGHTLY. The key is to get the loose DE from the surface of the carpet and furniture but do not vacuum so thoroughly you remove the DE that you worked so hard to get into the base of the carpet - you want to leave a nice residual base of DE in the carpet and furniture to take care of any pests that escaped the vacuum or the ones that may hatch out next week.

Dusting with DE is a pain and a lot of work, and your vacuum cleaner may die due to the abrasive nature of the dust, but this type of treatment will last YEARS - as long as you vacuum gently to allow the DE to remain at the base of the carpet fibers.

Now, to combat the mites and fleas on the cat you can also use DE and work it down to the skin. My cat just shakes off the excess and leaves a cloud behind and doesn't stick around to inhale it. You might find it beneficial to soak your cat in a diluted vinegar rinse - 1 part white vinegar to 10 parts water and see if this helps with the itching.

You might consider Ted's Mange remedy for your scabies. Report back if you cannot get rid of the scabies yourself.

Replied by Giza

Glad to find this site, and to be reminded of just how effective DE can be. I particularly like that idea of filling a sock as an applicator ~ perfect! I'll put DE and apple cider vinegar to the test with Jake's mange. Thanks to all who have contributed here.

Replied by Dee
Down South

Hey, anyway you can get it on the cat the better. You need to get creative sometimes. I am going to try this for the first time. Never once could we bathe any of our cats. They win every time. Can only hope this will work. She and I are miserable.

Replied by Pam
South Texas

I have used the light for a flea trap for years. Works very well. I also use DE on the cats and dog, and use nematodes sprayed in the yard. If I have an infestation (like I did in the garage this spring, from a mama cat and kittens) I sprayed a heavy peppermint essential oil (80 drops)/vinegar/soapy water in a 32 oz spray bottle, spray down on the floor in the garage and did the light/soapy water thing, and dusted the cats. Gone in a few days.