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Ear mites are a tiny, pinpoint-sized spider like parasitic mite that live and multiply in the ear canal of cats. They cause extreme discomfort to your cat and you will see your cat scratching excessively the inside or back of his ears or shaking his head because of the awful itchiness that they cause.

Often your cat's ears will bleed as a result of the poor kitty scratching his ear so much that small blood vessels are broken and hematomas form.

Ear mites feed on skin debris, ear wax and will gnaw on the tissue and burrow into the ear which causes inflammation and irritation which causes the body responds to produce more wax.

Ear mites produce black or brownish waxy debris in the canal of the ear, which looks a lot like coffee grounds. You can see live ear mites in the debris with a magnifying glass or taking a small amount of debris and putting it on dark paper. You will see tiny moving white points.

Ear mite infections can be serious if left untreated resulting in damage to the ear canals and eardrums and leaving deformity of the ears and possible deafness.

Unfortunately by the time you notice your cat has ear mites, there are thousands of them running around in kitty’s ears. Also a single ear mite can crawl out of your kitty's ear canal and hide in her fur, only to crawl back later and repopulate and reproduce in the ear.

Therefore, cats with ear mites need regular treatment with flea products to knock out those adventurous pesty mites that go exploring elsewhere on the cat's body. Note that if your pet has ear mites and you have other pets in the house they will all need to be treated at the same time, as ear mites are very contagious and can be passed on from one cat to another.

If your pet is badly infested with ear mites you need to take him to your veterinarian as they can inspect the ear of your pet with an instrument called an otoscope. This way they can inspect the debris from the ear for a more definite diagnois. Your veterinarian will then prescribe medication that should be massaged deeply into your cat's ear and you might also require antibiotics for secondary infections for your cat.

It is important to follow your vets or the products instructions for the application of the treatment as you need to kill off the ear mite's life cycle. It usually takes a few weeks of treatment before you can safely assume your cat and home are ear-mite-free.

How Do I Get Rid Of Ear Mites?

At pet stores you can purchase ear mite treatments or your vet will prescribe an oily insecticide to clean the ear canals. All ear exudate has to be cleaned from the ear canal daily.

Also there is Revolution which is only available in the U.S.A that is the first ever FDA approved, topically applied medication for cats. It is applied to the skin of cats eight weeks of age and older.

Revolution is used to prevent heartworm disease, kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching and treats and prevents ear mite infestation.

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