Playing with your favorite feline friend is one of the sweet memories you can cherish. But seeing them suffer from ear mites is absolutely not fun at all. There are home remedies and anti-ear mite medication that you can use to effectively remove these disgusting creatures. Always consult your veterinarian about the implementation of these remedies.
It is important that pet owners must treat this condition because ear mites can cause inflammation, excessive itching and can be highly contagious as well. This means that the other pets at home may also get infected. Before these ear mites might cause severe ear infection and other health problems, it is necessary to eliminate these creatures and treat your cat with the right medication and implementation.
Ear mites are also called Otodectes cynotis. It is usually small parasites that stays in your pet’s ears. They suck on ear’s secretion and tissue debris to feed. They are very tiny that can hardly be seen with the naked eye. Using a magnifying glass, the vet may confirm their existence. The heat coming from the light of the otoscope will make them more become visible against the dirty ear wax from the cat’s ear. Other pet owners describe it just like a coffee grounds spilled into the outer part layer of the ear. The dark ear wax from surrounding area is consists of dead tissue and waste products coming from the mites. In kittens, ear mites are often seen especially those raised in cowshed or outdoor.
What are the Symptoms the Ear Mites Cause?
Ear mites can cause a different kind of symptoms such as the following:
- The cat affected with ear mites may frequently shake its head
- Severely scratching its ears
- Manifest discharge
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of balance
- Keep walking in circles
- In severe cases, it may cause a serious ear infection or damage on the middle part of the ear which exhibits loss of balance.
Remember that treating ear mites in cats is very important.
What Are the Causes of Ear Mites?
Now that we are familiar with ear mites, the signs and symptoms, the danger it caused and what they do, it’s time to ask the causes of ear mites and where are they coming from? There is no other explanation than a direct contact with an infected animal that has ear mites. This is the main cause of such problem. Ear mites are highly contagious. The infestation can also occur with the other kinds of animals. For humans, it can rarely affect them and very unusual.
How to Asses if Your Cat Has Ear Mites?
To assess whether your cat is infected with ear mites or not, there are 2 ways to confirm.
- Softly pull the outer ear part downwards while rubbing it. If the ear mites are present, these tiny creatures will start to move causing your friend to start scratching.
- It is true that ear mites are very small but can also be visible. Collect some debris from the ear and place it on the dark surface. Use a lamp and place it under. The light and the heat will make the ear mites move.
Ear mites can be treated with medication prescribed by your vet. There are also over the counter drugs that can be used. However, it is best to consult it with your vet. A most common type of OTC is Tresaderm. There are also home remedies that can be used in a mild situation where your cat does not a manifest ear infection, pain and severe itching.
How to Get Rid of Ear Mites in Cats Using Home Remedies
Proper Cleaning Method
After some assessment from your vet confirming that there are mites present on your cat’s ear, the first thing you need to do is to clean out the outer part of the ear. There are different kinds of oils that can be used for cleaning purposes like corn oils, olive oils and jojoba oil. Those can be found in health food stores. Using cotton swabs with warm oil, slowly deposit the substance in the ear to soften the debris and eventually remove it.
Miticide Ear Drops
The next thing you can do is apply a miticide ear drops on the area directly to the ear canal. Hold the solution in place for a couple of minutes. These ear drops treatment can also be purchased at pet stores. Other pet owners use a yellow root extract daily to treat the ear mites. However, this strategy is not that effective as the drops. It is very necessary that cat owners prioritize first the most effective measures in eliminating the ear mites since these tiny creatures have the possibility to come back again and this time it could be worst.
Flea Treatment Shampoo
Eat mites produce eggs that incubate for about 4 days. In this case, a single use of ear drops may not be enough. Ear drops must be continuous for several weeks. Also, ear mites go over your cat’s body. During this point, you will need your cat to be bathe multiple times using anti-flea treatment shampoo for about 2 months or more.
Treating Other Pets at Home
You may also need to treat other pets a home with the same strategies above since ear mites are highly contagious. The possibility of other pets getting infected as well is high.
Treat Ear Mites at Home
Mites can also be associated with fleas. They stay temporarily on your couch or carpets. To effectively remove the egg mites, regularly vacuum your home. Although mites can only survive on a host (living organism), they can also lay eggs inside your home. In this way, a careful pest elimination is a must. Also, mites’ eggs incubate after few days, a thorough home cleaning for several weeks can be helpful along with the right treatments for your cat.
Veterinary Prescribed Ear Mite Medication
Always bring your cat to the veterinarian for proper assessment and if you think you can’t handle the ear mites’ despite the home remedies implemented after a week. It is also best to bring them back to the vet if your cat is suffering from recurrent ear mite infection. If any of the symptoms appear such as loss of appetite, weakness, fever and loss of balance, let your vet know about these.
Cats are usually treated with selamectin. Whatever you do that you think It’s safe for them, think twice. Avoid medication that consists of Permethrins. It is also used to remove flea, mites and lice but can be very toxic for them. Another thing is that, other cats will have problems with ear mites’ reoccurrence despite the treatment given. If this happens, their immune system does not function well. In this way, the vet may suggest a blood test to confirm the suppress immune system or known as feline leukemia.
If Ear Infections Did Not Successfully Clear Up
If your cat’s mite infection did not successfully treat, consult the diagnosis with your veterinarian. There are cats that have allergies that causing them to itch ears severely but do not have ear mites present. It could be that your cat is suffering from yeast or other types of bacterial infection.
Prevention is a Must
To be able to prevent ear mites’ existence and recurrence, there is only one effective way to avoid these tiny creatures. Keep your cats indoor always and keep them away from other animals. The adjustment may seem to be difficult for your friend, but everything is worth it to avoid fleas, mites and other infections they can get from other pets outdoors.