How To Identify & Treat Feline Ear Mites

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Cleanliness in pets, especially those that live indoors, is very important. If you have children at home it is essential that all the pets are free of parasites and diseases. If you have a cat at home it is important to identify if it has parasites, and get to know how to get rid of them. One particular parasite that you want to get rid of is the ear mite. Ear mites are tiny insects like ticks, only way smaller that it cannot be seen by the naked eye. So the challenge is observing your cat's behavior to find out whether it has eat mite infection or not. Here are some of the manifestations of ear mites in cats, and ideas on how these can be treated, or at least minimized, until such time you can bring the cat to the veterinarian.

Manifestations of ear mite infection:

  • Constant scratching of the ears and head. The cat may also rub its ears on walls or on the ground, in extreme cases.
  • Frequent shaking of the head, where the movement is similar to that when your cat's head gets wet and it shakes its head to splash off the water.
  • The ears of the cat develop a distinct, strong odor.
  • The ears also produce more earwax than normal, and usually the earwax is dark in color.
  • The ears are covered with hard, dry chunks that are like dead skin.
  • The cat is very sensitive and is more irritable than usual.

Some of these manifestations may also be caused by another form of ear infection which is not caused by ear mites, but it should be a cause for alarm.

Ways to treat your cat's ear mite infection at home:

  • Using cotton buds and mineral oil or olive oil, wipe the ears until they are moist with the oil. Let it seep through the dry chunks on the ears, if any, before you try removing them so your cat will not get hurt when you force them off its ears.
  • After cleaning the area outside the ears, carefully clean the ear canal as well. You will need a syringe without needles, to be able to drop some oil at the walls of the ear canal. Take care that you do not drop directly at the ear drum.
  • Fill the syringe with olive oil and slowly drop small amounts at the opening of the ear. Then using a cotton bud, wipe the walls of the ear canal carefully. Slowly and lightly clean your cat's ears but avoid reaching inside too much as you might hit the ear drum. 
  • You can also use a natural solution instead of oil. There are natural remedies available in websites such as Healthy New Age.

Although cat ear mites do not infect humans, they can transfer to other animals such as dogs. That is why it is very important to treat your cat before it infects your other pets. If you treat one pet, make sure all the other pets get treated as well.


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