Treating a Cat with Ear Mites

My lil kitty has mites in his ears and I would love you to give me tips on what I can do.


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March 31, 20180 found this helpful
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The best home treatment I've ever found is baby oil added to the ear. I use to raise rabbits and this was an excellent cure for them or any other animals. You just need 1 or 2 drops in the ear for the first 3 days. Then for the next 6 days you'll add the drops every other day. After this it will be every 6 days until you have completed 28 days of drops. This will ensure the eggs are all killed.

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March 31, 20180 found this helpful
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Always a good idea to make sure it really is ear mites and not some other problem, like a yeast infection.


Most likely your cat's ears are secreting some dark substance that looks like coffee grounds. In order to confirm they're mites, you take the substance and examine it under bright light with a magnifier or spread it on a piece of dark paper. Any movement (including tiny white moving specks) means mites. A microscope would also tell you.

This site discusses good home treatments for mites:

1. You get as many out as you can, by swabbing the ears with almond oil or a commercially available ear cleaning solution. You put the drops into the ear, massage the area gently so that the stuff comes out and wipe what comes out with a cotton ball or tissue. NEVER use Q-tips for the same reason you don't on humans; it's a good way to puncture eardrums


2. Apply the mite poison. Good natural products contain pyrethrins and are easily available at pet stores

3. Bathe your cat with anti-parasite shampoo thoroughly, bathe and clean all her bedding, and limit exposure to other cats or animals that may have them.

Also you should do all the above every day for a week or more to make sure the mites are completely gone

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March 29, 20180 found this helpful

You need to first make sure he has ear mites and not a yeast infection as they basically look pretty much the same. Careful examination can spot the difference. Be sure to never use a cotton swab on your kitten as you could damage the ear drum.

  • Usually recommended: If your cat has itchy ears, shakes her head, flattens her ears, and has discharge from the ear canal -- but no mite debris or live mites -- check with your vet. It could be a yeast or bacterial infection or another type of ear problem.
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  • Ear mites can be a big problem if there are other cats around as they are highly contagious and can spread very quickly.
  • Usually the first step is to gather some cotton balls or clean white cloths and a little warm water. Just wipe around the kitten's ears and gently on the outer rim of the ears. This is just to start the cleaning process and let you know if he really has ear mites.
  • You can check the following links on pretty safe home remedies but keep close watch to make sure you remove ALL of the ear mites as they can be very dangerous to you cat's health. You may need to purchase items from a pet store or pet department in a large store.
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March 29, 20180 found this helpful

You can try an over-the -counter miticide. If that doesnt work, you will have to get something stronger from the vet.

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April 2, 20180 found this helpful

Revolution flea treatment, available from you Vet will kill all fleas and mites for one month. Mites can be very persistent.

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