If you are a cat person, you may already hear about the ear mites in cats. Or sometimes you may have seen that in your cats as well. So in this article, we will be giving you everything that you need to know about ear mites in cats.
How do you tell if your cat has ear mites, and what are those tiny white spots?
When you see your cat scratching its ears, it can be a cat ear infection or mites. So it’s essential to check the symptoms for the mites and confirm before getting the treatments done. However, if the cat has ear mites for a more extended period, there is a chance of getting ear infections as well. The ear mites are a microscopic parasite called Otodectes cynotis mites, common for cats and dogs. It rarely can be seen as tiny white spots with your naked eye. Those parasites are infectious organisms, and they multiply quickly within a few days. An adult mite’s life span is around two months; they need only four days to hatch. During the next few months, they feed on wax and skin oils while living on the skin of the mild ear. To confirm that your cat has ear mites, you have to get detection under a microscope.
What are the common symptoms of ear mites in cats?
As I mentioned before, scratching ears is a common symptom for ear mites. Also, they might shake the head frequently as it is getting itchy inside the ear canal. Some cats keep the head in a very odd position when they get ear mites. And also, you have to check if the ears are swollen. The ear mites are living on the wax, producing a smelly black ear discharge. You can see this discharge on the backside of the ear as well as crumbly substance inside the ear. If you are aware of how to check for ear mites in cats, check that before seeing a vet. The easiest way is taking a bit of black discharge and keeps it under a magnifier or on a paper to see any movements.
In case if you don’t see any discharge and still thinking your cat got ear mites to try to massage the back of ears. A healthy cat will love it, and a cat with mites will not like it and scratch and shake vigorously. Due to the scratching, most of the time, they lose a bunch of fur behind the ear. It is also an excellent symptom to know that your cat has ear mites even if you can’t see them.
How to treat ear mites in cats?
Once you know that your cat has ear mites, you can visit the vet immediately. It is always necessary to identify the stage to start treatments. As ear mites live on ear wax, first clean the ear wax, including the dark discharge. Usually, vets get a swab of ear mites and put them into mineral oil. It’s a simple way of identifying the ear mites before taking any laboratory tests. Once confirmed, administering medications are the best with home care for a few weeks. The primary treatment is an ear miticide, which is an ear drop. As ear mites have a quick multiplying life cycle, at least it takes three weeks to get rid of ear mites in cats. If you have any other cats and dogs at home, it is essential to treat them as well.
What are the home remedies for ear mites in cats?
If you surely know that your cat has ear mites in the initial stage and not an infection, you can try some home remedies as well. All you need to have is some virgin olive oil to clean and kill the parasites. If it is hard to find olive oil, coconut oil also can be used for ear mites in cats. The oil has to be in liquid form, or heat the oil gently and keep it a bit warm. Since coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, it heals the scratches as well.
Before putting the oil into the cat’s ear, you may need someone to help. Since cats are inquisitive, they don’t like to stay still for treatments. So try to wrap the cat in an old towel and massage the back of ear if possible. This gentle massage will help to push the black discharge away from the ear canal. Always use a small syringe to put oil, not pouring directly into ears. Also, you can use an oil-soaked cotton swab to clean the ears. When you clean the ear canal, be careful as the cat will shake head when something is touching the ear.
If you are doing this home remedy once, it is not enough to get rid of ear mites in cats; you have to repeat this for a few weeks until you see a slight difference in your cat. As the eggs can still alive, repeat the treatment after four-five days.
How to get rid of ear mites in cats forever?
There is no way to get rid of ear mites in cats forever if they interact with other cats and dogs. The only thing you can do about it is taking the treatments for all cats and dogs in your house once you see one cat is scratching vigorously. Also, keeping a safe environment and providing proper nutrition is a great way to improve the immunity of kittens.
However, if the condition is worst with swollen reddish ears, take immediate medical assistance. As there are few other allergies are there among cats similar to ear mites, consult the vet for the treatments.
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