Cat Ear MitesIt’s estimated that over 50% of cats carry ear mites. If your cat is scratching her ears excessively, your cat might be an ear mite carrier. What are ear mites and how are they treated without the expensive vet bill?

What are ear mites and what do they do?

Ear mites are tiny little bug-like creatures that crawl around in your cat’s ears. If there is one ear mite in your cat’s ear, there are probably thousands of ear mites. They dine on your cat’s ear wax. As your cat’s ear becomes irritated by the ear mites, the ear’s lining secretes serum from blood in the ear. If you’ve noticed a black, scab-like formation in the ear, it’s a combination of the ear wax, serum, and ear mite poop. Gross!

If left untreated, ear mites can lead to infection. In severe cases, the infection can cause a ruptured ear drum.

The ear mites will mate and lay eggs in your cat’s ear, so it’s important to stop the life cycle if you want to put an end to these irritating pests. If you follow the procedure below, you should completely end the ear mite’s life cycle and do away with those pesky ear mites once and for all.

How to treat cat ear mites:

  1. Clean all off the black stuff from the ear with a mixture of warm water and liquid dish soap. Squirt some of the solution into the ear and allow it to bubble up. This will loosen the black stuff. Repeat this a few times, then rinse with warm water.
  2. Place ear mite medication (available at pet stores for under $10) into the ear and massage the base of the ear. Follow the instructions on the ear mite medicine’s packaging.
  3. Apply ear mite medication for 2 more days.
  4. Wait 1 week for the medicine to do it’s magic.
  5. After 1 week, clean the ears and apply the medicine again.
  6. Repeat for 2 more days
  7. Wait 1 more week
  8. Repeat the ear cleaning / ear mite medicine cycle for 3 more days.

Again, following the above procedure to remove ear mites and their eggs has proven successful time and time again.

Occasionally, your cat will scratch her ear so much that it will become raw. If this happens, please see a veterinarian as soon as possible. The open wound could easily become infected and lead to further complications.

One other note… ear mites will travel from cat to cat or cat to dog. If you have other pets, you should treat those pets for ear mites also. Good luck!

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1 Comment on How To Treat Cat Ear Mites

  1. CatCrazy says:

    Very good advice. Thanks!

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