You’ve taken on the care of a cat, and you’re to be commended for that, but one of the most common problems that cats may have often goes neglected.

As responsible cat owners, we’ll address the issue of fleas and ticks, because they run the risk of offending us, and this motivates us to address the issue. But the matter of ear mites often goes unnoticed and unaddressed simply because it doesn’t affect us (ear mites almost never transfer to humans). Ear mites can travel over the body, and be transferred to other household pets and can ultimately threaten the overall health and life of your cat.


You may notice that your cat is scratching more often, and as you probably have already addressed the issue of fleas or ticks, you need to narrow down the culprit. Your cat seems to be scratching his ears more often, and more vehemently than usual. Your cat may also be producing more wax or a discolored wax in their ears. This is one thing that you need to get the advice of a professional. Take your cat to determine if your cat really does have a problem with ear mites, and to find out a treatment suitable for their case. You can first take note of these five things that the ASPCA says that cat owners should look for:

  • Head shaking, scratching, ear rubbing
  • Dark waxy discharge
  • Swelling in or around the ear
  • Hair loss and sores from scratching
  • Strong smelly odor coming from the ears

There are over-the-counter remedies for ear mites, and they do work. You’ll need to decide what you are willing and able to do to bring your cat comfort from their torment.

You’re not alone

Ear mites are not something to be embarrassed about. It is reported that almost 90% of cats have been affected by ear mites. The most common are eight-legged little crab-like parasites that feed on the wax and oils in the cat’s ear and ear canal. The threat that they pose to the cat’s health comes when excessive scratching causes blood vessels within the cat’s ear rupture from sever scratching and head shaking.

They’ll love you in the long run!

I’m sure we’ve all come to turn with the discomfort that it causes your cat to be treated by someone that they do not know well. But the importance of their treatment combined with the almost immediate relief that they will get from treatment, will show you how much they really have wanted something to be done with their problem.

The veterinarian will clean out your cat’s ears with a cotton swab and an ear cleaner. In extreme cases they may need to sedate the cat to perform complete ear irrigation. In any cases, your cat will be able to finally relax and be at ease because you have taken the time and energy to address a vital detail in their health!


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