Ear mites are very tiny insects that live in the ears of cats, feeding off of tissue. These mites are extremely itchy and cause discomfort for your cat. Symptoms of ear mites in cats are head shaking, frequent and consistent pawing or scratching of the ears, ear discharge or wax and sores on the ears (due to scratching). Ear mites must be treated to prevent the problem from becoming worse, and to prevent the mites from spreading to other parts of your cat's body. Treating cat ear mites at home is simple when you use a homemade remedy. (See References 1-3.)
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Things you need
- Distilled white vinegar
- Cotton balls
- Olive oil
- Vitamin E capsule
- Medicine dropper
- Cotton swabs
Dilute 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar in 2 teaspoons water. Pour the mixture into your cat's ears. Massage your cat's ears for one minute, then wipe remaining solution out with cotton balls. This is a naturally antibacterial ear flush that kills and removes mites and debris, while clearing up any infection caused by the mite infestation.
Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil with the contents of one vitamin E capsule and put the mixture in a medicine dropper.
Warm the dropper between your hands for five minutes, then squirt the contents into your cat's ears.
Wipe the oil from your cat's ears with cotton swabs and repeat this procedure every other day for six days.
Allow your cat's ears to rest for three days, then begin this treatment every other day for six weeks to kill any mite eggs in the ears.
Tips and warnings
- Veterinary treatment is recommended for any ear-related problems your cat may have. Your veterinarian best knows your cat's health needs and can stop a minor ear mite problem from becoming a major health concern.
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