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Ear Mites

Ear mites are tiny, crab-like parasites that can invade your cats’ outer ears and ear canals. There are many different types, but the most common is Otodectes Cynotis, which is found in approximately 90 percent of all feline ear mite infestations.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, it’s possible that your cat may have ear mites. A trip to the vet will be necessary to confirm the diagnosis. If untreated, an ear mite infestation can become severe and lead to  permanent damage such as disfigurement and partial or complete hearing loss for your cat. Ear mites are also terribly uncomfortable for your cat. The sooner you can get this situation treated, the happier and healthier your cat will be.

Signs that Your Cat May Have Ear Mites:
  • Excessive scratching of the ears

  • Fresh or dried blood inside of the ear canal which may resemble coffee grounds. Small white dots might also be noticed: these are the actual mites. Excessive shaking of the head

  • Dizziness and loss of balance

  • A lopsided appearance with your cat favouring one ear

  • Flattened ears and/or unpleasant odour

Ear mites like other species too, and they are very contagious. Without treatment, your cat’s ear mite infestation can spread to dogs, rabbits or hamsters. All family pets have to be treated if mites are found on just one animal. That’s just one more reason why a trip to your local vet should be scheduled if you suspect your cat has ear mites. It is important to remember that parasites are just one cause of cat otitis (inflammation of the ear).  Other causes include allergies, endocrine diseases and tumours. Only a trip to the vet will provide you with a proper diagnosis.

Two-Step Treatments For Ear Mites:

Your vet will begin the treatment after diagnosis and then you will continue applying the drops from home. 

First you must treat the ears. Clean your cat’s ears, then apply ear mite drops to the ear canal for approximately seven to ten days. Ear mite medications are safe and can even be applied to kittens.

All necessary veterinary care such as ear mite treatment is standard at Rolvenden Cat Rescue.

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