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Ear mites are one of the most common health problems in cats. Ear mites are tiny insects that live in the ear canal of animals and are highly contagious. Ear mites feed on epidermal debris and ear wax by piercing the skin. They cause inflammation and pain in the ear and if ear mites are left untreated they can cause permanent hearing loss.
Ear mites in cats are not inherited but are caused by being near another animal that is infected with ear mites. Ear mites are transmitted very easily from animal to animal. Mothers who are infested with ear mites often give the mites to their offspring as well. Ear mites in cats are more common than ear mites in dogs though ear mites can be caught from any animal such as rabbits. A cat with bad hygiene raises their risk of getting ear mites. Humans cannot get ear mites.
Symptoms of ear mites in felines are usually easy to detect. Cats will constantly scratch, rub, and shake their heads to try to relieve themselves of the mites. You can find an excessive amount of black to brown wax in the ear as well as dried blood and debris that looks like coffee grounds. There is also a bad odor that may come from the ears. The ears may look dry, crusted, and have a redness look to them. The ear may also be swollen with hair loss occurring around the ears along with scabs and scratches from the feline trying to relieve the pain.
Natural remedy for ear mites in cats begins with a diagnosis from your cat's veterinarian. Take your pet to the vet to have it checked for ear mites. Regular checkups will prevent your cat from having ear mites without you even knowing it.