Cat Ear Mites

If you see a cat shaking its head and scratching its ears, it is evident that it has otitis. If you observe the interior part of the ear, you will see presence of dry brown scabs. If you have an acute sight or use a magnifying glass, you will discover over the deposits some minuscule whitish mobile dots. With out a doubt, ear mites.

Otitis caused by ear mites is very frequent in cats. Cats infect their kittens and these troublesome parasites constitute in some breeds a constant plague that reappear incessantly. treatment at first might not seem difficult, but it does require patience. It is advisable to use oily preparations. You can also use baby oil. Oil that is specifically made for ear mites are much better, but be careful it must be specially made for cats since these animals don’t stand certain substances. Once a day put a generous amount of drops in the ear and massage the ear base. Cats will scrub against the finger that is massaging them, ultimately, it relieves the terrible irritation. The head will probably be stuck with remains of oil, but symptoms will improve quickly.  In effect, oil provokes the adherence of the respiratory airways of mites, which end up dying. However, it is too soon to believe it has healed and interrupt treatment. Itching can return at the moment. Be patient. After a clear improvement, it will only need treatment every two days and then every three days. At the end, it will be enough to do it only once a week. Do this procedure at least once a month with every cat you have at home. Under some secret corner of the auditory channel, under scabs, survive some ear mites that multiply themselves rapidly and provoke relapse. After oil application, some people carefully clean the animal’s ear with some detergent. This way, the auditory channel stays free of dirt. 

This is one of the few cases where I recommend a complete bath, but lightly for cats. It is not something of an absolute need, but cats have a better aspect. Oil remains can be very bothersome, especially for longhaired cats, which require special treatment. Shampoo for dry hair is appropriate for these cases. 

Foreign bodies
When cats go hunting, for some case, pieces of wheat straw or anything else can end up on their ears. These scratchy objects pass to the auditory channel and even finish in the eardrum, which provoke violent reactions against pain. Cats maintain their head tilted and shake it strongly. Desperately, itches their ear with their legs. This phenomenon is so typical that they will call the attention of the cat’s owner. If the animal has returned from a little get away and feels pain only on one ear, you can suspect it has to do with the presence of a foreign body. If these symptoms occur, it must be taken to a veterinarian. Even if we find a wheat straw in the ear, it will not be real cause of pain. The filament will be deeply incrusted in the auditory channel. Eardrops will only conceal the real pathological problem. Attempts of cleaning it with cotton sticks will push it in further more and consequently, they remain excluded. The veterinarian will start examining the auditory conduit in all its length and will take out any foreign body found. 

You can apply certain preventive cleaning measures, carefully cleaning all the celandines at their return from their excursions. The most propitious stations for these kinds of accidents are at the end of summer and autumn, when all the leaves are dry. 

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