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Home Remedies To Treat Ear Mite Infection In Cats?

By vetsadmin | August 24, 2020

Ear mites (Otodectes cynotis) 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. Because many cats are 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.

What are ear mites?

Ear mites are eight-legged parasites that commonly infect cats, dogs.  They spend their entire life cycle in the ear, feeding on debris in the external canal.

Ear mites are highly contagious, which means they can transfer from one cat to another through direct contact. Occasionally they even share the mites with their human companions!

Ear mites are highly contagious, which means they can transfer from one cat to another through direct contact. Eggs are laid and cemented on the surface of the ear canal where the larva hatches. There is negligible survival off host. Eggs do not persist in the environment – Could be getting confused with fleas here. Flea eggs are EVERYWERE (gross).

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. You may notice a dark coloured discharge in ear which may be coupled with an offensive smell. Pets might scratch the infected area and alopecia (hair loss) may be spotted on the ear, head and face.

How to treat ear mite infection

If your cat is showing signs of an ear mite infection, unfortunately home remedies aren’t going to help them.

Despite plenty of chatter about ‘home remedies for ear mites’, our cats require veterinary help in these instances. Step one is always determining a proper diagnosis. There are a number of other ear diseases that look similar to ear mites, so it is important to get the diagnosis right! Vets can identify the various life stages of the ear mite from microscopic examination of ear swabs or skin scrapings. Once your cat has a confirmed ear mite infection, vets can prescribe the best course of treatment for your cat.

It’s important to treat ear mites effectively as they are highly contagious between dogs and cats (and sometimes humans!), and are not host specific. All animals in the house should be treated, even if they are not exhibiting clinical signs of infestation.

If you are concerned that your pet may have ear mites, download the Vets on Call mobile vet app or call 1800 838 748 to book a vet near you to have your fur-baby treated in the comfort of your home by one of our at-home vets.

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