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What are Ear Mites?

Ear mites have been known to cause blockage of the ear canal if not treated and, in serious cases, can lead to more severe skin infections. While these parasites can have harsh effects on cats, they are generally easy to remove.

Ear mites are a common nuisance for pets, particularly cats that have recently met new animals. The common form in North America, Otodectes cynotis, are tiny parasites that eat the wax in the ear canals of cats. This is understandably distressing for cats, and will often lead to them constantly playing with their ears in an attempt to remove the parasite. Pet owners can easily identify ear mites by the signature brown discharge that they cause in the cat's ear.

Symptoms of Ear Mites in Cats

Because ear mites are so irritating to cats, an infected cat will often try to remove them itself. If a cat is displaying any of the following symptoms, there is a good chance that it is hosting ear mites:

  • Near-constant scratching of the ears
  • Hair loss in and around the ears
  • Brown discharge of the ears that looks similar to coffee grounds
  • Strong, unpleasant odor coming from the ears
  • Inflammation of the ear
  • Incessant head shaking
  • Dark red scratches or scabs in and around the ear

Causes of Ear Mites in Cats

Ear mites are highly contagious, making up more than half of all feline ear infections. It is easy for them to spread through the following methods:

  • Contact with an infected pet
  • Contact with a toy or bed of an infected pet
  • Lack of proper ear cleaning after exposure to an infected pet

Diagnosis of Ear Mites in Cats

While it can be tempting to self-diagnose ear mites, this should be avoided whenever possible. Certain forms of bacterial infections can easily be mistaken for ear mites by the untrained eye, and the treatments are very different.

When diagnosing a cat with ear mites, a veterinarian will first ask for a medical history. This will help determine if the symptoms could be caused by some sort of hereditary ear disorder. At this stage, it is important to inform the veterinarian if the cat has had any exposure to infected or unfamiliar pets.

To determine what is causing the symptoms in the cat, the veterinarian will swab a sample of the discharge from the cat's ear. They will then examine it under a microscope to determine if the issue is ear mites, a bacterial infection, or something else entirely.

Treatment of Ear Mites in Cats

The good news is that there are several different ways to treat ear mites, and all of them are easy and non-invasive. Depending upon the guidance of the veterinarian, treatment can look like any of the following options:

  • Topical Medication: Often, a veterinarian will prescribe medications that are applied directly in the ear and the areas around it. These medications work in a way similar to that of lice shampoo in humans and eradicate ear mites completely. These topical medications are typically prescribed for a period of 2-3 weeks.
  • Infection Relief: Because ear mites come with such a high risk of infection, veterinarians will often prescribe ear drops or a treatment of antibiotics to relieve any infections that the cat may be suffering from. Treatment duration can vary, but it usually does not exceed one month.

Recovery of Ear Mites in Cats

It is essential to return to a veterinarian if any symptoms begin to reappear. It is likely that the same medications will not work if a group of ear mites has developed a resistance to previous treatments and the veterinarian will need to prescribe a new treatment plan.

There is also a possibility that, during healing, the owner will need to gently clear the cat's ears of debris. This will mean faster recovery for the cat as well as increased comfort. Most cats will allow their owner to clean out their ears with a cotton swab and gentle ear cleanser, but depending on the cat and the severity of buildup, a veterinarian's assistance may be required.

Until the end of treatment, it is important to keep an infected cat away from other animals as much as possible. Due to the highly contagious nature of ear mites, spreading the infection is likely if the infected cat is around uninfected pets.

For each of these treatment options, the cat will typically feel relief within the first day or two. That said, it is important to finish any treatments completely to ensure that the ear mites are removed entirely.

Ear Mites Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Miss Cuddels
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Nose conjestion

My cat was a stray. After seeing a vet I was told she had a sever case of ear mites. She was treated several times over several months and continued for years having a black dry mucus come out of her ears. In fact there's still some that comes out. The vet said that it was probly left over debris .. could this cause ear nose throat damage and cause conjestion.. she is also 75 percent deaf from the damage of the ear mites. She is one 7 years old and has has a happy healthy life. She's very active and loving. Tammy

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The ear mites most likely are responsible for the deafness and the years of treatment that Miss Cuddles went through but the congestions is most likely caused by another cause; allergies, infections, foreign objects among other causes may lead to issues with the upper respiratory tract. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jack
Persian
16 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bald spot on back of ears
Flaky skin

We just finished treating our kitten for earmites mites. After treatment finished I cleaned the kittens face and ears to remove excess medicine. I noticed bald patches on the back of each ear and some flaking. Is this from the excessive scratching from the ear mites? Skin doesn't look red, it's pinkish and not inflamed.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the hair loss is due to scratching of the ears due to the mites; other possible causes such as allergies, other parasitic mites or infections may also be culprits. Keep an eye on the ears and if the hair loss continues, visit your Veterinarian for skin scrapes etc… to determine the possible cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Marble
Turkish Van mix
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Brown spots

My male cat seems to have something wrong with his ear. It's very yellow inside and has a couple of brown spots. He itches at it and growls when I try to touch it. He keeps his ear flat to his head and the eye on the same side is very runny

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the brown spots you’re seeing are due to ear mites, you can try to apply Revolution (selamectin) and use a topical ear cleaner for ear mites which should be available at your local pet shop; if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. If you are unable to get near the ears, you should try to visit your Veterinarian for a check to have them cleaned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tony
Mix
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Vomiting
Black debris in the ear

My cate has ear mites and I have been given the ear drop treatment, and then he loses appitie and my starts vomiting like once a day. Does ear mites or the ear drop cause the vomiting? Or this is something else?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I would not think that the ear mites or the medication would cause a loss of appetite or vomiting, and those things seem like thy might be unrelated. He may need a recheck, for his ears, and for these new signs that are happening.

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Cheese
Feline Tabby
10 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Hair Loss, ear mites, red skin

My cat had ear mites 6 months ago that infected the tip of her ear, causing a hemotoba - or wrestlers ear. Now she has hair loss from her ear to the eyebrow, and the skin is red. I’m noticing her eye (on the same side as the curly ear) wants to stay shut occasionally. I’m not sure what to do.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If the hair loss that you are noticing in Cheese is new, it would be best to have her seen by your veterinarian. Ear mites don't tend to infect the tip of the ear, but other mites do, and if they were not fully treated, they may be causing hair loss or irritation. Your veterinarian will be able to evaluate her, determine what might be causing the problem, and treat her if needed. I hope that all goes well.

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Zelda
short hair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Itchy, shakes head.

My cat has ear mites, but I can't hold her still while trying to put the drops in, and it states to put up to 5 drops. If I'm lucky, I can get one drop in before she moves her head and wrestles her way out of my hold. Is there any medicine that is set up so you just put enough dosage in with one "squirt" or drop of medicine?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Topical spot on medications like Revolution (selamectin) may be used to treat ear mites; the medication is applied to the skin monthly and will treat the ear mites as well as preventing a recurrence. It may still be required to clean the ears out as some debris may still be present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM “For the treatment of ear mite (O. cynotis) infestations in dogs and cats, Revolution should be administered once as a single topical dose. A second monthly dose may be required in some dogs. Monthly use of Revolution will control any subsequent ear mite infestations. In the clinical field trials ears were not cleaned, and many animals still had debris in their ears after the second dose. Cleansing of the infested ears is recommended to remove the debris.” www.zoetisus.com/_locale-assets/mcm-portal-assets/products/pdf/revolution-prescribing-information.pdf

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Purrcy
Lynx Point Siamese
4 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Head Shaking

One of my cats had a bad ear infection not long ago and got tresaderm for treatment. Now i think my other cat is showing signs of either infection or ear mites. From what I've read, the tresaderm will treat if infected obviously..but it is also used as ear mite treatment. Is that true. If i treat him with the tresaderm for a few days will it help if he has mites? He shakes his head a lot. He does not have any discharge at all and does not have bald spots on his ears or anything. The only symptom is that he shakes his head a lot. Does that sound like mites?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ear infections due to yeast, bacteria, or mites can all look very similar, as can allergies. Tresaderm is a very broad spectrum treatment for bacteria, yeast and mites. Without seeing him, I can't recommend any medication, but Tresaderm does treat a variety of problems. If things aren't resolving for Purrcy, it would be best to have him examined and have your veterinarian determine the cause for his ear problems.

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Marble
Turkish Van
5 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Brown spots, yellow wax
Brown spots

My cats right ear is bothering him. He keeps scratching at it and keeps it pressed against his head. When I tried to peer into it he growled at me. He has a yellow wax in there and a couple of brown spots. The eye on the same side of the ear is very runny

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the brown spots you’re seeing are due to ear mites, you can try to apply Revolution (selamectin) and use a topical ear cleaner for ear mites which should be available at your local pet shop; if there is no improvement you should visit your Veterinarian. If you are unable to get near the ears, you should try to visit your Veterinarian for a check to have them cleaned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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