Pet Owner’s Guide to Ear Mites in Cats and Kittens

Pet Owner’s Guide to Ear Mites in Cats and Kittens

One moment your cat is chilling and the other starts scratching aggressively? The kitten can’t help but shake her head non-stop? Nothing to worry here, Ear Mites in Cats and Kittens is a common occurrence. BTW did you notice a dark and waxy texture inside her ear? Hmm… that’s all the more reason you must continue reading this till the very end!

Ear Mites in Cats and Kittens | Ear Mite Infection
Ear Mites in Cats and Kittens | Ear Mite Infection

Dorky Owl takes you through ways to identify ear mites. Also not to keep you hanging… How to check for ear mite infection followed by ear mite treatment.

Let’s Save ‘em!

What Are Ear Mites in Cats and Kittens?

Identify Ear Mites | Prevent Ear Mite
Identify Ear Mites | Prevent Ear Mite

Simply put, Ear mites in cats and kittens are microscopic parasites living off your cat. These are white in colour and have a waxy texture. They growinside your cats ear canal where they feed off your cats dead skin. This condition is an ear mite infestation and causes ear mite infection in cats and kittens.

The common ear mites in cats are Otodectes cynotis. Their presence causes skin irritation, itching and inflammation in the cats ear. Ear Mites, If not removed in a period of 3-4 weeks, they tend to reproduce by laying tiny eggs in the cats ear canal. Ear mite infestation can move around you feline’s body sucking the blood of your loved ones.

Identify Ear Mites in Cats and Kittens (Symptoms)

Ear Mites In Cats And Kittens | Identify Ear Mites
Ear Mites In Cats And Kittens | Identify Ear Mites

The most common signs of an ear mite infection are

  • Inflammation around cats and kittens ears
  • Continuous shaking of head from side to side
  • Reddish Black waxy substance inside cats ear canal
  • Unusual frequency of scratching around the infected ear
  • Irritable cat behaviour

Dorky Fact: These symptoms are not exclusive to Ear mites in cats and kittens. So please consult your veterinarian doctor for an expert opinion and professional diagnosis.

Causes: Ear Mite Infection

Ear mites in cats and kittens are contagious. Your cat can get it from another cat infested by them. These can jump over via direct contact, licking of infected ear or through the coat of an infected cat. The ear mites are present almost everywhere outside. There is a higher chance of your pet getting it from an outdoor brawl or even a love cuddle.

Identify Ear Mites | Prevent Ear Mite
Identify Ear Mites | Prevent Ear Mite

If left untreated, an ear mite infection can cause fungal and yeast infections in cats.

Ear Mite Treatment

Ear mites can be a big pain in the ear :p But you’re in for some good news. These infections are easy to treat with many ear mite treatment options. Let’s take a look at what you can do to save them.

Ear Mite Treatment | Prevent Ear Mite
Ear Mite Treatment | Prevent Ear Mite

Although there are several ear mite treatment, the safest betis to consult the vet. Even though, these might sound easy to DIY at home, one must take caution.

Following are the ways by which vets can treat ear mite infections

Clean Up

This is to remove any wax and skin debris build-up inside the cats ear canal. These might shield the medications and prevent effective healing. This prevents our cats ear from bacterial, fungal or yeast infections.

Ear Mite Treatment | Prevent Ear Mite
Ear Mite Treatment | Prevent Ear Mite

Overthecounter ear mite medicines

The most common ingredient in these medicines are pyrethrin. One can apply these to the infected area. Cats must not eat these as they can affect the cats immune system. Ear mite medicines need continual application on the infected ear. It is because the eggs take 2-3 weeks (21 days) to hatch into ear mites and may lead to relapse

Another alternative

Medications containing ivermectin as the primary ingredient. Ivermectin is effective in treating this condition as recommended by expert vet doctors. There has been cases wherein Aloe Vera and Mineral Oil / Coconut Oil have also done the trick.

Visit to the Vet

Ear Mites In Cats And Kittens | Ear Mite Treatment
Ear Mites In Cats And Kittens | Ear Mite Treatment

If infection deteriorates over time, it can fester into a fungal or yeast infection. In this case, book an appointment with your trusted vet and do not take chances. The vet will perform a proper diagnosis and we can then be sure.

How to prevent ear mite infection

Well, diagnosis and treatment are half the battle won. Now, it is important to prevent ear mite infection from happening again. Ear mite infections might relapse if the eggs aren’t removed completely.

Let’s see some of the precautions one must take to prevent ear mite infections.

Self-Discipline

Ear Mite Treatment | Prevent Ear Mite
Ear Mite Treatment | Prevent Ear Mite

It is an imperative to follow your vet’s recommendations to the T. For a complete ear mites treatment, vets recommend daily application for two weeks

Back to the Vet

You need to carry your lazy cats to the veterinarian again. After 2-3 weeks of the treatment, a re-examination using ear swabs is a must. If all goes well and the treatment is successful, then all teh mites wistopase to exist.

Nutrition

If your cat has ear mites, your veterinarian may suggest a slight tweak in her cat food. Especially in kittens, nutrition is especially important. It is critical for the growth and development of their immune system

Wrapping it Up

Ear mites can be a troublesome but are far from being invincible. Ear mites in cats and kittens are a common occurrence and nothing to be afraid of. If we are vigilent and identify ear mites, they are easy to deal with. Do take action on time if you suspect something fishy or parasity if that’s even a word :p.

Ear Mite Treatment | Prevent Ear Mite
Ear Mite Treatment | Prevent Ear Mite

Remember, your cats are your responsibility! In order to take good care of our cats health, we must perform weekly checks.

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References

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/ear-mites-cats

https://www.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/ear-mites-tiny-critters-can-pose-major-threat

https://www.hillspet.com/cat-care/routine-care/ear-mites-in-cats

https://petcentral.chewy.com/how-to-treat-ear-mites-in-cats/