Feline Ear Mites Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Cats are most often independent critters which can make it difficult to recognize any health problems. As a kitty pet parent, it is important to interact with your cat as often as you can, whether it be a short cuddle or grooming session. Take that little time to stroke your cat from head to toe and be sure there are no visible health issues. If there are ear problems present in your cat, especially in the early stages, there may not be any visible signs that your feline is affected.

Ear mites are a problem that can be disturbing for your cat, with the outdoor cat being more prone to this issue. Obvious signs of ear mites agitating your cat are intense scratching and head shaking. If your cat happens to be allergic to these parasites, the condition worsens with the appearance of dry, powdery, dark brown waxy discharge, with an associated foul odor. As the problem persist, your cat will scratch to the point of irritation, creating further sores with scabs, hair loss and a chronic bacterial infection. Ear mites cause great discomfort to your cat and are very contagious to other pets within the home.

Ear mites are tiny and detection or diagnosis would be performed by your veterinarian. A swab of the inner ear would be held under a microscope against a black background to note if these tiny white pin-sized pests are indeed present in your cats’ ears. A treatment plan needs to be put in place for the relief of your favorite feline.

Begin by cleaning the ears out well. Apply a small amount of mineral oil, corn or vegetable oil into each ear and, while keeping your cats’ head still, massage before he has a chance to shake the head. Leave the oil in as long as possible for the wax and debris to soften. It will be much easier to remove. Use cotton balls to remove as deep as you can. You can attempt to use cotton swabs carefully, reaching as deep as you can to remove all debris without digging too deep into the ear canal.

A home treatment of equal parts of almond extract and vitamin E oil works well to actually kill mites in a natural homeopathic way. Mix a half ounce of each ingredient together and warm up to room temperature. Apply a half of an eyedropper full to the affected ear. Hold your cat still while you massage the solution within the ear. Remove any excess with cotton balls. Repeat the process for six consecutive days, stop the treatment for a period of three days and then begin the six day treatment again. Once kitty regains healthy looking ears, it is important to monitor the situation often to be sure the problem does not persist or return. If this treatment plan does not work, the mite infestation may be a little more serious and need medical intervention from your veterinarian.

You cannot always prevent every situation from occurring in your cat but being an observant and well-educated pet parent, you can diagnose a problem yourself in its’ early stages. Prevented ear mites can be accomplished through heartworm prevention as well. Especially if you have an outdoor kitty, be sure your cat is protected from the dangers of parasites.

Prevention may also start from the inside out with a healthy diet that is similar to what a cat would eat in the wild. Building your cats’ immune system goes a long way to warding off many illnesses and conditions that could otherwise disrupt your cats’ happy, healthy life. For further reference in cat care, go to – http://yourcatcareguide.com/wordpress/?p=43