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Ear mites affect many household pets. Ear mites are like little crabs that infest the ears. Those cats that are outdoors are more prone to these. Cats that are affect by ear mites tend to become uncomfortable and itchy. A cat that has ear mites will have a black, dirt-like substance in their ears. The parasites live on the surface of the ear canal and feed on the tissue in the ear.
If you notice that your cat is scratching its ears or shaking its head then there is a good chance that the cat has ear mites. It is very important that your cat is treated for these right away. If they are left untreated, the ear will become infected and the eardrum may rupture. They also cause bacteria and yeast infections as well.
The best prevention for ear mites is to keep your cat indoors and keep the cat treated for fleas. There are several flea treatments that will also aid in the prevention of ear mites. These treatments are usually given to your cat once a month. You may also need to treat your home and, in particular, your catís bedding.
When you go to the vet for ear mites, they will probably give you an eardrop that kills ear mites. This is given to the cat three times per day for several days. Before you begin treatment you will need to clean the catís ears. Your vet may also provide you with a solution to use to clean the ears. Prescription eardrops may also be necessary and should prevent a second outbreak. Some cats may also be given an injection.
Ivermectin is another treatment that has been used for ear mites in cats. This is not officially approved by the FDA, but many veterinarians are using it. This is a medicine that is used to treat dogs for heartworms as well as worms in horses. Your vet should tell you that it is not an officially approved medication before giving it to your cat.
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