How Can You Successfully Get Rid Of Ear Mites In Cats

August 30, 2010

in Cats

A common problem, ear mites are an irritating pest. They can cause your cat to scratch the ears, sometimes to the point of cutting and damaging the ears and surrounding areas. The are easily passed from one cat to another, and if a household has multiple cats, each one will likely require treatment.

While scratching may be one sign of the presence of the mites, another can be a thick, dark substance in the ears. Attempting to remove this substance by probing with cotton swabs should be avoided as it can cause irreparable damage to the ear canal unless done by someone trained to do so. It can also push the mites further in and make treatment more difficult.

In advanced or prolonged cases, the cat may have scratch enough to cause damage from the nails. Ears may bleed and have cuts and sores that can be painful. An infection can result if the open areas are not cleaned and treated with an antiseptic preparation. Keep hind nails clipped throughout the treatment of ear mites to prevent the cat from further damaging the ears.

It is always advisable to see your veterinarian so that a proper diagnosis can be made. Your vet will be able to clean the ears safely and prescribe medication to help get rid of the ear mites. There are other ways to eradicate the mites as well, but they may be less effective than veterinary products.

Many cat owners faced with an ear mite problem have had success using mineral oil as a treatment. The oil is dropped into the ears and helps to suffocate the mites. It must be continued for at least two weeks in order to ensure that all mites have been killed, as it will not affect the eggs of the mite. Using the oil will cause the cat to attempt to shake it out, and will help to loosen and dislodge the mites.

Continuing to treat the mites for the entire two weeks will ensure that any eggs that hatch into mites will be treated and removed. Treating all cats in the household ensures that the cycle stops and it cannot be passed around.

These pests can be successfully treated and removed at home, as long as it is done properly. Ensure that the treatment is sufficiently long enough to ensure removal all eggs and mites. If this method fails, see your veterinarian to ensure the problem is looked after as soon as possible.

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