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When it comes to your cats we all do everything that we can to make sure that they are well taken care of and any problems that they might have is treated. There are literally dozens of different problems and conditions that can affect our feline – which is why we need to learn how to distinguish each of them.

One problem that is good to learn and discover the symptoms of are ear mites. These are actually miniscule parasite that live in the cat’s body – but mainly in their head or ear canal. They survive on the surface of the skin within the ear canal and will eat off of the tissue debris and fluids.

It is possible for them to become so widespread that they move to the skin itself. Once it moves to the skin the back, tail, and neck of the cat will begin to itch and can cause the ears to inflame.

Ear mites can affect your cat at any age – but they are more popular in kittens and the younger generation of them. This is because their bodies have not had the chance to develop their immune system enough to fight back. These parasites can live inside your cat for weeks without the right treatment to get rid of them.

Eat Mite Symptoms

  • Scratching and intense irritation
  • Black, thick crusty ear discharge
  • Intensely Shaking head
  • Increased amount of earwax
  • Intense scratching of the ears
  • Skin lesions that form on or around the ears and are caused by scratching

Ear Mite Treatments

In order to treat this condition you must bring your cat to the veterinarian who will be able to diagnosis the extent of the problem. They will need to clean out the ears before they are ready to give the medication. While it is easier for the vet to give the medication to your cat some may only prescribe it and allow you to give it to them while at home.

The best way you can prevent ear mites is to thoroughly dry off your cat’s ears after they have finished a bath. Also keep an eye on their ears and try to see if there are any foreign particles or matter in them. If you see anything suspicious you need to take them to the vet immediately.

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