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How Are Cat Ear Mites Treated?

February 11, 2014

 

Ear mites are small parasites that humans and animals can both suffer from. In cats, eggs, nymphs and adult ear mites can live inside the ear canal and live off of the blood and ear wax for a long time, until their stay leads to an infection. If left untreated, a secondary infection can develop, and this can leave a cat deaf, as the eardrum is left impaired. Felines suffering from cat ear mites are often agitated and seen scratching their ears or head.

What Is The Best Type Of Ear Mite Treatment For Cats?

Luckily, plenty of products are available for treating cat ear mites. Some of them are home remedies or natural solutions that are safe, effective, easy to come by and cheap, like oil (corn, olive, mineral or almond), mixed in with 400 IU Vitamin E, or yellow dock root extract. These are used topically, and can be applied using a cotton ball or cotton swab. They can also be applied onto the region that is affected, using an eyedropper (about half an eyedropper of solution for each ear), and then the solution is massaged in a circular motion, so it spreads and smothers the ear mites. For over-the-counter or prescription solutions, consider ones that contain active ingredients such as moxidectin, or selamectin, or ivermectin. Advantage for Cats or Advantage Multi contains moxidectin. The product only needs to be applied onto a cats skin once, and your cats body will then respond by absorbing the medication, for killing off an array of parasites as fleas, ticks and ear mites.

How Do I Prevent My Cat From Getting Ear Mites Again?

Using a good, herbal and non-scented shampoo for your cat (applied all over the body, especially around the head) is best done every other day. You also have the option of adding some yellow dock root extract or tea infusion to this shampoo. Some over-the-counter/prescription injectable/topical solutions are best used every 2 to 3 weeks, to prevent reinfection recommended dosage and use should be provided by your cats vet, or should be indicated on the packaging. There are also some vets that recommend the use of white vinegar for the treatment of cat ear mites, provided that your cats ears are not irritated, inflamed or sore. White vinegar is a highly acidic substance that is known to kill bacteria and get rid of any debris and dirt. This is why it is even used as a cleaning agent for the home. White vinegar will also work to restore balance within your cats ear canals. In using white vinegar for reinfection prevention, the solution is best diluted with water (consider a 1:2 ratio of vinegar to water). The solution can be applied using an eyedropper, a cotton ball or a cotton swab.

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