Ear mites can be very irritating to your feline, especially if they go untreated. Over time the ear mites will get worse and worse driving your cat bonkers. Ear mites are little creatures that thrive living in ear canals. Whether it be a dog or a cat or any other animal, it is their favorite place to call home. For cats, it can really become a bother and be painful to your furry friend. Learn how to know what ear mites are and ways to treat ear mites at home.
What Causes Cats to Get Ear Mites?
If your cat goes outdoors they are more susceptible to getting ear mites. These parasites can really torment your cat. If you see your cat or kitten continuously scratching at their ears, you might give them a quick look and see if you spot any mites inside. Even if you don’t allow your cat to go outdoors, you still need to regularly check their ears for mites, in case they have some. Ear mites can be spotted by seeing a buildup of say specks of dirt or even the look of coffee grounds in your cat’s ear. Generally, you want your cat’s ears to look clean inside.
Symptoms of Ear Mites
- Constant Scratching of ears.
- Redness in your cat’s ears
- Tilting head often
- Waxy Buildup
- Head shaking (more than normal)
- Scabs or Cuts from scratching
- Musty odor
At Home Remedies for Ear Mites
Clean Your Home
Make sure to clean your home from the floors and carpet to your cat’s bed. Once you have ear mites you really need to clean well to ensure you are killing and removing all eggs and larvae.
Don’t use this one if your cat has any open wounds, as it can burn really bad. Simply soak a cotton ball with white distilled vinegar and apply to your cat’s ears. Clean their ears for 7 days straight to get rid of mites and help keep their ears clean.
Almond Oil and Vitamin E
Mix equal parts of almond oil and vitamin E together and use a dropper to put some of it in your cat’s ears. This will help clear up mites and remove any excess wax. Do this every other day for around 7-10 days long.
You can soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and wipe down the ears of your cat. Do this morning and night to try and help get rid of the mites in a hurry.
With a dropper apply some mineral oil directly into your cat’s ear canal. Massage it around and wipe away any excess with a cotton ball. Do this only 2 times a month and aim for 2-3 months.
Aloe vera is great for soothing any scabs on your cat’s ears and help deter any of the ear mites. Just clean your cat’s ears out really well and then apply aloe vera around their ears.
Some owners will put hand sanitizer in their cat’s ear to help clear up the ear mites. You can do this once to twice a day and generally will see results within 3 days time.
Honey is great for many things, even ear mites. Because honey offers a high level of anti-bacterial and anti-microbial agents, it can help get rid of mites. Just apply honey in the ear canal and around the ear and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Then with a warm washcloth wipe away all the honey. The honey will help kill off and spread any new eggs to hatch and kill larvae. This is a bit messy.
What is your at home remedy for ear mites?