Treating Ear Mites in Cats

Ear mites are among the common infestation in cats. To address this problem before it leads to other complications, knowing all about ear mites in cats is needed. Treating ear mites in cats isn’t just about the cure itself but also diagnosing it correctly and doing after-treatment procedures.

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Recognizing Symptoms

The first step to treating ear mites in cats is by recognizing symptoms. There are different ways to know that your cat is infested with ear mites. Check out this list and if your kitty shows at least 3 symptoms then you’re sure he’s got ear mites.

  • Excessive scratching of ears
  • Obstruction in the ear with crumbly coffee-like debris
  • Having brown or black waxy secretion with strong odor
  • Inflammation of the ear
  • Scratches or scabs around the area of the ear
  • Excessive head shaking
  • Dermatitis and hair loss

If you have observed these symptoms and you expect your kitty has ear mites, try doing this: Gently massage the back of your calico’s ears. If your cat reacts by either enjoying it or fussing and getting away from you, that’s normal. But if your kitty has ear mites, she’ll start excessively scratching her ears.

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Treating Ear Mites in Cats

Often cats get ear mites from other cats, either from a fellow pet, neighbor pet or other animals outside. So, first step to treating ear mites in cats is putting your pet in a controlled environment where you’re sure they won’t get ear mites.

Next, remove the debris from your cat’s ears and use a topical insecticide. This will kill off the mites in your kitty’s ears. There are sure to be some ear mites hiding in your cat’s ear or fur which will crawl back. So, just be consistent in your cleaning and treatment procedure. It can take weeks before your kitty, including your house, become mite-free. So, again, be consistent in the treatment process.

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After-treatment Process

Clean your kitty’s beddings, litter area and the entire living space. Then, make sure your cat is kept away from outdoor cats which can transfer their ear mites and infect your calico again. Finally, visiting a vet is recommended to conduct check-ups to make sure the ear mites are gone and haven’t caused any internal problems.

Treating ear mites in cats isn’t complicated. However, the infection can become serious and affect your cat’s internal ear canal. Moreover, other problems like rupturing of blood vessels in the ear and other serious skin or ear infection is possible if ear mites continue to infest your kitty long-term. Left untreated, ear mites are among some of the causes why cats go deaf. Take care of your kitty and keep those ear mites away.

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