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8 Tips on How to Recognize and Treat Cat Ear Mites

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8 Tips on How to Recognize and Treat Cat Ear Mites

My cat’s ears are very dirty, it seems to have ear mites, what should I do?

1. If a cat has ear mites, it is possible to directly see a large amount of coffee grounds-like ear wax in the ear canal. Because ear mites cause intense itching and inflammation in cats, cats will scratch constantly, causing hair loss and even shedding of the epidermis.

2. Ear mites are the most common ear canal parasite in cats, and are the biggest headache for new cat owners alongside ringworm. Because ear mites can be spread through close contact, and most kittens do not live in a very hygienic environment, plus most are kept in groups or cages, ear canal problems are common in new kittens. The treatment of ear mites itself is not too difficult, but because they can spread to each other, they may be scattered in the environment such as cat litter, and the treatment cycle is relatively long, which leads to the recurrence of cat ear mites if the medication is not adhered to or the environment is not disinfected.

3. Once you find that your cat has ear mites, go to the nearest pet clinic as soon as possible, as long as the clinic has microscope equipment, you can check it. If left untreated, it may lead to more serious skin and ear canal problems. For example, if the itching is severe, the cat will keep scratching, causing the ear to break and bleed, or worse, damage to the tympanic membrane of the ear will cause vestibular damage, which will manifest itself in a condition where the catwalks unsteadily, has nystagmus, keeps deflecting its head or spinning around, etc. Several of these typical conditions can be observed in humans when the tympanic membrane is damaged.

4. A big reason for cats getting ear mites is that they are not dewormed regularly. Common anthelmintics, such as Big Pet, and Love Walker, can be used to treat and prevent ear mites. Mild ear mites can be treated and prevented by deworming at the normal frequency of anthelmintic drugs; severe ear mites need to be washed with special ear washes first, and then ear medicines are applied according to the situation.

5. There are also cases of recurrence of ear mites in cats that are encountered, and this is mainly considered misdiagnosis and missed diagnosis. This is because, in addition to ear mites, common bacterial fungal infections can also manifest as inflammation of the outer ear canal with dirty ears. So you need to go to a hospital or clinic that has at least a microscope to check with a microscope what the “dirty stuff” in the ear canal is, and what the specific discharge is.

6. As a reminder, regular deworming is enough to prevent ear mites, and you don’t need to wash your cat’s ears frequently. Unlike humans, healthy cat ear canals have a self-cleaning mechanism. Most healthy cats, may not need to clean their ears for a lifetime; frequent cleaning of the ear canal may cause damage to the cat’s ear canal.

7. The treatment cycle for ear mites is quite long. If the onset of action is fast, after 3 to 5 days of medication, there may be significant changes, and even the ear canal is clean by visual observation. But don’t take it lightly at this time. To judge whether the ear mites are completely healed, you need to continue to observe for at least 21 days. This is mainly because most of the drugs on the market can only kill adults, and it takes 21 days for ear mites to grow from eggs to adults. Therefore, generally, 21 days without recurrence, can be regarded as a complete “cured”.

8. It is wrong to say on the internet that “you have to put dewormer drops in the ears to treat ear mites”. Because this type of medication is absorbed through the sebaceous glands of the skin, it is not necessary to put it in the ears as it is normally absorbed into the cat’s back. Some cats with severe ear mites and damaged tympanic membranes may even be at risk if they put deworming drops directly into their ears.

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