How to Treat Ear Mites in Cats
Ear mites are tiny parasites that crawl inside your cat's ear to feed. These infestations can make any cat miserable by creating a persistent itching sensation. Ear mites are generally transmitted when cats are in close proximity with other animals or pets that have an ear mite infestation. In addition to intense scratching, cats will often have the following symptoms when an ear mite infestation is present:
- Dark ear discharge
- Strong odor
- Red and/or inflamed ears
Follow these steps to eliminate ear mites in your cat:
In order for your cat's ear mite treatment to work effectively, the ears will need to be cleaned of any debris or wax buildup by using an ear cleaner, such as 1-800-PetMeds Ear Cleansing Solution.
Add a few drops of mite treatment to your cat's ear and rub gently. Take extra care when applying the treatment, since many parts of a cat's ear are sensitive.
Depending on your cat's ear mite infestation, treatment may need to be reapplied every seven days until the condition clears.