February 2, 2012

The Itch of Ear Mites in Cats

Filed under: Cat Ear Care — Tags: — 1st Pet Naturals @ 12:05 pm

ear mites in catsWhat You Need To Know About Ear Mites in Cats

Ear mites in cats are tiny insects that live in the ear canal and feed by piercing the skin. Mites spread very quickly and are the most common health problem found in cats. They can also be transmitted from an infected mother to her kittens.

Symptoms of ear mites include intense itching with scratching and violent head shaking. Additionally, a cat may experience an allergic reaction to the mites, making the scratching even more intense. If you look in the ears of a cat with ear mites, you will see a discharge that looks like coffee grounds and is very foul smelling.

It is important to treat the ear mites ASAP as ear mites can lead to other ear problems, such as a chronic bacterial infection. Additionally, ear mites in cats are also fairly transient, meaning that they leave the ear canals and travel to other parts of the cat’s body, causing further allergic reactions in other areas.

How to Get Rid of Ear Mites in Cats

Before beginning treatment for ear mites, you need to take your cat to the doctor to get a proper diagnosis. This is because other ear ailments can be complicated by using ear mite medication.

Once your cat’s condition has been diagnosed, your veterinarian will give you a solution that is effective against mites. It is important to complete the entire recommended treatment. You must clean the ear canal as described. Do NOT force a q-tip or a cotton pad down your cat’s ear drum, as this could break the ear drum!

During the treatment, mites may escape from your cat’s ear canal and hide in other areas on the cat’s body, which will induce scratching on those parts of the boy. For this reason, it is important to treat the entire body of a cat with a topical insecticide, particularly the tail since cats sleep with their tail curled up to and touching their ears.

It is best to routinely clean your cat’s ears, to act as a preventative measure. You can use an all natural, non-stinging and alcohol free ear relief wash, such as VETBEST Ear Relief Wash Dry

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.