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Cat Ear Mites
Mocha. His ear will never
stand up again. A severe infection of ear mites caused
him to constantly shake his head. The result of this was a
serious hematoma which had to be repaired surgically.
What are Ear Mites?
Ear Mite Cats
As the name suggests, ear mites are a tiny
spider like parasitic mite that infect the ears of dogs and
cats. They usually live in the ear canals but can live
on other parts of the dog or cat's body. Ear mites are the
most common cause of ear infections seen by vets. They are
more commonly found in cats than dogs but are a considerable
cause of ear infection in dogs too.
Ear mites thrive in the warm moist area where the air flow
is restricted. They feed on epidermal
debris & ear wax. They burrow into the ear, causing
inflammation and irritation which the body responds to by producing more wax.
What are the Symptoms of Ear
Mites in cats?
Ear mites are terribly uncomfortable for your
cat. Imagine how it would feel having thousands of little bugs
running around in your ears.
the first symptom you notice will be your cat scratching his
ears or shaking his head due to the extreme itchiness that the
You may notice that your cat's ears appear
flattened or laid back. His ears may be painful to touch and he may cry
in pain when you touch them or while he is scratching them. You may also notice a foul odor coming from the ears.
Cats may cause Self Inflicted
Injuries due to Ear Mites
Cats with ear mite infection may cause damage to their ears by scratching
them. Often their
ears will bleed as a result of this.
Damage can also be done by shaking their heads with such
intensity that small blood vessels are broken in the ears and hematomas
form. (see picture at top of page)
Signs of Ear Mites
If you have a look inside the ear of an
infected cat you will see dark reddish brown or black debris
throughout the ear canal which has been described as looking
like coffee grounds. This debris comprises of ear wax and blood. Ear mites are visible to the naked eye
(but can be seen better with a magnifying glass) and can be seen as white dots among the dark debris. You may
even see them moving around.
Your vet will look in your cat's ear with a
magnifying instrument called an otoscope and may inspect the
debris from the ear under a microscope for a more definite
diagnosis. Ear mite infections can be serious if left
untreated resulting in damage to the ear canals and eardrums
and leaving deformity of the ears and possible deafness.
Secondary bacterial or yeast infections are
also common so it is important to consult your veterinarian.
Your cat might
require antibiotics for secondary infections.
Treatment of Ear
Mites. How Do I Get Rid Of
Revolution is a Parasiticide
which is applied to the skin of cats six weeks
of age and older. Revolution, a top spot treatment, is
used once a month and is applied to the skin just above the
shoulder blades of the cat... not used directly on the ears.
Treats and controls ear mites
Kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching.
Prevents heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis.
Treats and controls roundworms and hookworms
Treats and Prevents ear mites in cats and dogs Heartworm prevention
Flea and lice treatment
Treatment of gastrointestinal worms
Treatment and prevention of lungworms in dogs
Control of sarcoptic mange in dogs
Control of Demodex mites in dogs
can purchase ear mite treatments from your usual pet supply
store or your veterinarian will prescribe an oily
insecticide to treat the ear canals.
black ear gunk has to be cleaned from the ear canal daily to
ensure the medication can reach the mites. The best way to
do this is with a cotton ball or soft cloth dipped in
After cleaning the ears the
medication should massaged deeply into the cat's ears taking
care to get into all the nooks and crannies of the ear
It is important to follow
your vets or the products instructions for the application
of the treatment. Do not cease treatment
because it appears the ear mites have gone. You must
continue for two weeks to beat the life cycle of the mite.
Are Ear Mites Contagious?
Ear mites are very contagious
and can be passed on from cat to cat or
cat to dog and visa versa so it is important to treat all of your pets at the
Can Humans Catch Ear Mites?
No, humans are not affected by ear mites.
Different breeds of cats
with pictures, description and information on each of the listed domestic cat