Home Remedies To Treat Ear Mite Infection In CatsBy vetsadmin | August 24, 2020
Ear mites are agonising invaders that can leave cats scratching and shaking their heads, disrupting most of their activities. Your feline companion can be quite distressed by these tiny parasites that set up camp inside their ear canals. With most cats affected by this problem at some point in their lives, every cat owner should be equipped with the skill of spotting an ear mite infection to deal with it, at the earliest.
Unlike other infectious diseases, it is fairly simple to treat ear mites. With a little effort, you will be able to keep those tiny parasites that live and breed in your fur baby’s ear canal at bay.
What are ear mites?
Ear mites are eight-legged parasites that can infect cats, dogs, rabbits and other animals. The hair all over an ear mite’s body can cause intense irritation, often leading to infection and eardrum rupture in severe cases.
Ear mites are highly contagious, which means they can transfer from one cat to another through direct contact. As the eggs can persist for several months in the environment, they can re-invest your kitty effortlessly.
How to recognise an ear mite infection
Your feline friend scratching its ears regularly is usually the first sign of a parasite infection. Infected cats tend to shake their heads and hold it in an angle. Upon inspection, if you see a crumbly, black or brown ‘coffee ground’ discharge in their ears coupled with an offensive smell, you might be dealing with an ear mite infection.
How to treat ear mite infection at home
If the infection is caught early, you might find home remedies very useful. There are a few options to consider, but you seek advice from a veterinarian to ensure that your furry friend gets the best treatment possible:
Apple cider vinegar
One of the natural ways to kill ear mites is to prepare a simple spray solution containing 50/50 of water and apple cider vinegar. Use the spray at least twice every day for a week inside and around your cat’s ears to cover all the infected areas. Apple cider vinegar is effective in treating mild infestations, thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Oils such as coconut and olive oil are useful in clearing out ear mites. With eight to nine drops of lukewarm oil, you can massage your kitty’s ear canals to suffocate the mites. You could also use mineral oil soaked in a cotton ball for your cleaning ritual.
You can purchase over-the-counter anti-mite ear drops easily from any pet store. These products contain pyrethrin, a form of insecticide, used to treat ear mites. However, a single application will not do the trick because a single female mite with eggs can cause re-infestation. The best course of action would be to follow the instructions carefully to clean your cat’s ears every day.
When should you contact a vet?
Though these home remedies work in case of mild infections, you will require the expertise of a veterinarian to treat severe ear mite infections. Download the Vets on Call mobile vet app to book a vet near you to have your furry baby treated in the comfort of your home by one of our mobile vets.