Question by juju705: Can I purchase a product to assist my cat in not shaking his head and scratching his ears, sin Veterinarian?
I see black stuff in his ears, but i don’t have enough money to go to the vet right now. What does he have?
Answer by Phoebhart
Your cat has ear mites. That is what the black coffe-like particle in his ears indicate and that is why he is shaking his head and scratching it like crazy. Here is a home reedy that you can try:
(1) Clean the cat’s ears out. The first step toward clearing up an ear mite infestation is to get as many tiny critters (and their belongings) out of the ear canal as possible. Put several drops of mineral oil into the ear canal and massage gently. If the debris is particularly hard and crusty, you may have to let the oil work in for a few hours to soften things up. The massaging will help bring debris up to the outer part of the ear where it can be wiped away with a COTTON BALL or tissue. (Do not use cotton swabs, even though you may have seen your vet clean a cat’s ears that way — one slip could puncture an eardrum.) If you want to do a thorough cleaning job (and you’re courageous enough), you can use lukewarm distilled water in an ear syringe to gently flush out the canal. Repeat the cleaning procedure until the debris is gone.
(2) Hit the mites while they’re down. While the mineral oil immobilizes any mites left behind, it won’t kill them all. To do that, you need insecticide eardrops. Reliable products that contain pyrethrins (a natural insecticide found in flowers of the mum family) are widely available at pet supply stores. Follow directions carefully, making sure to massage the drops in well and wipe away any excess.
(3) Where mites might be. By the time you notice your cat has ear mites, there are literally thousands of the itty-bitty things around. Smaller than the period at the end of this sentence, a single ear mite can crawl out of your cat’s ear canal and hide out deep in her fur — only to crawl back in after all the excitement of treatment is over and repopulate the colony. Therefore, cats with ear mites need regular treatment with flea products to knock out those adventurous mites that go exploring elsewhere on the cat’s body.
If your best home remedies don’t knock out ear mites within a month, or the skin in or around the ear becomes raw or inflamed, you need professional help. Likewise, if your cat has itchy ears, shakes her head, flattens her ears, and has discharge from the ear canal — but no mite debris or there are no live mites to be found — check with your vet. It could be a yeast or bacterial infection or another type of ear problem.
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