Ear Mites In Cats Lead To Serious Scratching

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A common problem that affects felines, ear mites in cats are an annoying and painful problem. Also known as Otodectes cynotis, these mites are tiny insects that live in the ear canal and eat its fill by piercing the cat’s skin.

Ear mites are easy to catch and pass along. Once your cat has ear mites, you’ll notice lots and lots of intense itching, scratching and head shaking. From a simple irritation to an intense allergic reaction, ear mites in cats manifest itself in many different ways. Look into your cats ears and you’ll dry, crumbly, dark brown, waxy discharge that looks like coffee grounds and smells pretty gross. If your cat keeps scratching at her ears, this may cause raw areas, scabs and loss of hair. If it continues, your cat may catch a chronic bacterial infection.

Those pesky ear mites are hard to see, so you’ll need to take your cat to the vet for confirmation and treatment. And bad news if you have multiple pets in the household – ear mites, much like bad news, travel fast, and can be picked up by all the animals in a short period of time. On the plus side, humans can’t catch ear mites (woo hoo!).

Treatment of Ear Mites in Cats

Don’t start treatment of ear mites in cats until the vet has made a confirmation. Because ear mites dive deep into a cat’s ear canal, it can be difficult to get at them and may lead to secondary infections.

Before you start using the medication that kills ear mites in cats, you’ll have to clean out your kitty’s ears (dirty ear canals hold wax and cellular debris houses mites and makes it hard for the medications to do its work).  Be sure to follow your vet’s instructions on proper dosage and frequency, and complete the recommended course of treatment – those little buggers will pop back up if you stop the treatment too soon!

Ear mites might be a pain, but they are clever. To get away from the medication, the ear mites may escape from the ear and take refuge on other parts of your cat. Using a topical insecticide preparation, treat your whole cat with the medication… including the tail. You can also clip your cat’s nails to prevent deep and constant scratching.

Cleaning Your Cat’s Ears

You don’t need to make ear cleaning a regular part of your cat’s regular grooming routine, as some ear wax is important for her well-being. Ears should only be cleaned when there a lot of wax, dirt, or debris build-up. To clean all this gunk away, use a damp cotton ball or a cotton-tipped swab. You shouldn’t put any cleaning solution directly in your cat’s ear, unless you are sure that her eardrum is intact.

To make a DIY ear solution, just use a few drops of warm mineral oil, olive oil, and a diluted vinegar solution (three drops white vinegar in 1 ounce of water). You can also buy an ear-cleaning solution from your veterinarian. After applying the solution, massage it into the external ear canal and massage the base of the ear to loosen dirt, wax, and debris. Once you’ve given your cat’s ear a cleansing massage, wipe out the ear with a cotton ball.

If you have any tips on how to remove ear mites in cats, please leave your suggestions in the comments section.