Treating Cat Ear Mites: A Complete Guide


Ear mites in cats are small parasites that live in the ear canal and cause itching, wax build-up, and scabbing on the outside of the ear. If you notice any of these signs, your cat might have ear mites.

Ear mites can be treated easily with medication from your vet or over-the-counter treatments from pet stores, but getting rid of ear mites can be difficult without proper treatment.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about how to treat ear mites in cats so your furry friend can get back to being comfortable in no time!



Ear mites are tiny parasites that can invade your cat’s ear and result in problems such as an itchy, painful head and dirty ears. The presence of ear mites can also lead to other health complications such as ear infections.

Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can treat ear mites, from medication to home remedies. If your cat has an infection, you’ll need to call the vet and take him in for a professional treatment regimen.

There are many different types of treatments that may be prescribed by your veterinarian. They include topical drops, oral medications, flea medications, antibiotics, and corticosteroids.

It is important to administer the right dosage at the right time so that all symptoms subside. Cats with severe cases may require hospitalization for continued care or surgery if the problem is especially severe.

Talk to your veterinarian about any changes in appetite, lethargy, discharge from the nose or eyes, difficulty breathing, or any other worrisome symptom that arises.

It is important to continue administering whatever form of treatment was originally prescribed until your cat shows significant improvement.

Remember to thoroughly clean your cat’s ears after every treatment to remove any possible residue. Be sure not to use cotton swabs or anything else besides a commercial product made specifically for this purpose.

You should also monitor your cat closely for adverse reactions, like skin irritation and hair loss, which could indicate that he needs medical attention immediately.


Symptoms of Ear Mites in Cats

Ear mites are tiny parasitic insects that live in a cat’s ear. They are not dangerous to humans or other pets, but they can cause your feline to have symptoms such as intense scratching of the head, pain, and discharge from the ears. 

Pets with ear mites typically have an odor coming from their ears. There are several ways to diagnose your pet for this parasite, but one of the best ways is through a simple microscope examination of their ear canal contents.

If you suspect that your cat has ear mites, there are some steps you can take to treat them naturally at home.


How Do I Know if My Cat Has Ear Mites?

Ear mites in cats can look like brown-colored scabs on the outside of the ear canal. If you are able to see these scabs without a microscope, it is likely that your cat has ear mites.

Scratching and shaking their head can also be signs that your cat may have an ear mite infection. In some cases, the scratching will lead to blood or pus draining from the ears.

If this happens, then it is more than likely that your cat has ear mites. To determine if your cat does indeed have ear mites, take them to the vet.

The vet will perform a physical examination as well as put drops into the ear canal with a liquid designed for killing any parasites found within.

Afterward, they should prescribe a treatment plan based on how severe the infestation is and how many times they were infected before coming to get help.

These treatments usually include oral medications and topical ointments, which need to be administered daily for two weeks.

If the problem doesn’t go away after four weeks of consistent treatment, then it might not just be ear mites that your cat has been dealing with.

Other possible causes could be an allergy, fungal infection, bacterial infection, skin cancer, or tumors. With any other cause besides ear mites, the vet would recommend additional diagnostic tests to make sure there isn’t anything else going on.


How Are Ear Mites Spread?

Ear mites are usually spread from cat to cat by direct contact, but they can also be found in bedding and litter boxes.

You may not see the signs of ear mites right away, but you’ll start to notice changes in your cat’s behavior or skin condition.

Because they’re hard to see without a magnifying glass, this is when it would be wise to have your veterinarian examine them.

Some symptoms that your cat might experience include shaking their head often, scratching at their ears frequently, and there may be brownish-yellowish discharge present.

It’s important to remember that if any symptoms appear, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your cat has ear mites – it could just be an infection instead.

That’s why it’s best to talk with your vet before assuming anything. But if you suspect that your cat does have ear mites, read on for our guide on how to treat them.

First, clean out their ears thoroughly with a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide. Then you should use an otic ointment containing insecticide (such as fipronil) to kill the parasites living inside the ear canal.

Be sure to follow all instructions carefully and consult your vet before giving any medication or treatment to your pet.


What Are the Different Types of Feline Ear Infections?

The three most common types of ear infections in cats are otitis externa, otitis media, and feline odontoclastic (or severe) otitis. There are several other types of ear infections that are not as common but can still be dangerous for your cat.

If you notice any unusual symptoms, such as an unusually large amount of wax or discharge from the ears, see a veterinarian immediately.

If left untreated, these conditions can result in permanent hearing loss or neurologic damage to your pet. Otitis externa in cats results in scratchy ears with an overgrowth of hair.

Otitis media in cats typically manifests as excessive head shaking and frequent standing-up ear-scratching with the back feet.

Feline odontoclastic otitis causes considerable pain when the cat is eating, as well as difficulty chewing and heightened sensitivity to sound.

It is important to take care of all forms of ear infections quickly because if left untreated, it can lead to much more serious health issues down the line.

In order to determine what type of ear infection your cat has, schedule an appointment with your vet. Once you know what type of infection they have, talk to your vet about how best to treat it.


What Is The Treatment For Feline Ear Infections?

Ear mites are a common parasitic infection of the ear canal. Symptoms of ear mite infestation can be clear enough to identify on their own, but a veterinary diagnosis is the only way to know for sure if your cat has ear mites.

There are a few different treatment options depending on how long you have had an infestation, and there are also some steps you can take at home to keep the problem from happening again.

The most important thing is to get rid of the mites before they cause any more damage. Fortunately, with proper treatment and prevention methods, it is possible to completely eradicate them in most cases.

The first step to getting rid of ear mites in cats is through medication. Flea and tick medications can be used as well as benzyl benzoate which kills the adult parasites living in your pet’s ears.

These products come in both liquid and pill form, so consult your veterinarian about what would work best for your situation.

Also, make sure that you regularly clean out any debris or pus build-up that could be exacerbating the condition by creating a moist environment where the mites can thrive.

It may seem like a lot of work just to treat these pests, but these little creatures could lead to much bigger problems if left untreated or misdiagnosed.


Should I Use An OTC Antibiotic Like Amoxicillin?

A lot of pet owners want to know if they should use an OTC antibiotic like amoxicillin to treat their cat’s ear mites. Some vets will recommend a medication like amoxicillin, and others will not.

If your vet recommends it, however, here are some tips on using the drug safely. 


How Long Does It Take For a Kitty To Recover From an Ear Infection Caused by an Infestation of Ticks or Fleas?

The length of time it takes for a cat to recover from an ear infection caused by an infestation of ticks or fleas can vary depending on the severity of the condition.

In general, cats with moderate irritation start to feel better in three days and are back to normal in approximately two weeks.

However, these cats are unlikely to ever fully recover. Cats with more severe symptoms may take up to two months or longer to resume their regular activities and behaviors.

Veterinarians should evaluate cats with recurrent issues to rule out other illnesses. Because germs accumulate in the diseased location, conditions like persistent skin infections can also result in recurrent ear infections.

If this is the case, your vet may prescribe antibiotics as well as topical treatments such as clotrimazole cream (an antifungal) or neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone otic suspension (an antibiotic).


How Can I Prevent My Cat From Getting Future Flea and Tick Infestations, If There Is No Way to Get Rid Of The Existing Ones?

One thing you can do to prevent new flea and tick infestations is to treat ear mites. This should be done as soon as they are discovered because these bugs can lay eggs, which will hatch and start the process all over again.

It is important to identify whether your cat has ear mites by examining the inside of its ears with a small flashlight. If it looks like there are small red bugs crawling around in the ears, then you will need to begin treatment for ear mites immediately.

To clear up any confusion about whether or not your cat has ear mites, use this test: Take some cotton balls and place them into each of the ears (one at a time).

Next, wait one minute and remove them. Then examine both cotton balls to see if any white particles have accumulated on them. If there are no white particles on an either cotton ball, then it means that there are no ear mites present.


Is There Anything Else I Can Do To Keep My Kitty From Having Future Health Problems Caused By These Pests?

It is also important to keep your cat clean and healthy. If he gets an ear infection, for example, it will be much more difficult to treat.

Feed him a diet that includes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from natural sources such as flaxseed oil and fish oil, as well as minerals such as calcium, copper, manganese, potassium, and zinc.

Provide a roomy litter box with plenty of fresh litter (most cats like unscented).

Regularly change the water in his drinking bowl, wash his food dish daily with soap and hot water, provide fresh bedding at least once a week and put your kitty on regular flea prevention or visit the vet if you see any signs of fleas or other pests.

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