If your cat has ever contracted ear mites, you know better than anyone: scratching’s not just for dogs. A fairly common problem in young cats, living with these small 8-legged parasites is not a pleasant experience for your furry friend. To make your cat’s life easier and keep it that way, let’s take a look at how do cats get ear mites in the first place and how to combat these pests.
- Signs of an Ear Mite Infection
- So How Do Cats Get Ear Mites?
- How To Get Rid Of Ear Mites In Cats
- Keep Them Out!
- Over to You!
1. Signs of an Ear Mite Infection
Poor little Socks may have ear mites if you notice an unusual amount of head scratching, hair pulling, and the development of a Hematoma – a blood pool beneath the skin that makes the ear look almost inflated.
Aside from behavioral cues, there are plenty of visual signs of mite infestation you can pick out with ease. Significant loss of hair on your cat’s head may occur, particularly around the ears. Inside of the cat’s ear, you may notice reddish-brown crust on the outside, with what appears to be coffee grounds on the inside. Your feline friend may also develop scaly skin on other parts of their body, as the little buggers can travel all over your pet.
If you previously hadn’t noticed mites taking up residency on your cat, you’ll want to double-check for them in the event of a feline ear yeast infection. The oil build-up these creatures cause invite fungi and bacteria to grow in the darker, moister parts of the ear.
In some seriously prolonged cases, your cat may develop ear canal or eardrum damage. It’s in your precious kitty’s best interest to bring them to a veterinarian post-haste if this kind of damage occurs from battling ear mites.
2. So How Do Cats Get Ear Mites?
Typically, ear mites are transferred from feline to feline by way of direct contact with one another. In other cases, it can also take place if the victim has laid in bedding or visited the house of the original sufferer.
Since mites can hop from feline-to-feline, it’s a very wise move to double your efforts when eradicating them. Wash and treat all bedding and playthings, right along with the feline’s the blankets and toys. The harder you work to treat each cat, the less of an impact these nasty bugs will have on your family down the road.
3. How To Get Rid Of Ear Mites In Cats
While there are home remedies for ear mites in cats that have been purported to be successful, vets agree that the best ear mite medicine for cats is probably an inexpensive ear-drop solution, which yields much faster, lasting results. Solutions that contain pyrethrins, a plant-based bug-killer, are the most effective treatments.
If you’d still rather try the homebrew method, you’ll want to make heavy use of mineral oils or olive oil. These liquids are said to “drown” the mites, but it takes several weeks to a month to achieve workable results.
Other natural remedies for ear mites in cats include steeping garlic cloves in olive oil for a few hours before dripping into the ear – it’s said to work wonders!
In either case, consistency is king when ridding your pet of intruders. Store-bought treatments tend to be faster, touting insecticide rates as fast as 3 weeks. Mineral oil, on the other hand, is said to successfully quell an invasion in over a month.
It’s not enough to just get them out of those ears – you’ve got to make sure they never come back. Even if you don’t see symptoms of the little devils for a few days, play it safe – keep up on your treatment regimen for another week or two to make sure all of the mite eggs are gone for sure.
4. Keep Them Out!
To make sure those pesky parasites never come back, make sure all of your cat’s items have been washed. Don’t put all that hard work to waste! Potentially spending more than a month on the same objective – total mite domination – will only work if you cover all your bases like this. If you want those bugs taken care of, you’ve got to do it right.
5. Over to You!
What are the best ways you’ve found to banish ear mites for good? There are so many home remedies and time-saving, money-friendly options out there that we couldn’t possibly write about each one! By sharing your expertise, you’ll help countless other pet owners just like you. We look forward to hearing what you’ve figured out!