When a cat suffers from ear mites, not only the ear is affected, but the entire animal wellbeing is disturbed. The daily agenda gets mixed up, the animal can not sleep as usual and is restless and nervous. Cat ear mites must absolutely be treated as a heavy infestation can even lead to death.
Skin mites cause bald or inflamed skin, sometimes with scabs, which the cat often scratches.
Ear mites in cats: treatment
When the cat has ear mites the ears of the animal should be cleaned firstly. The scabs can be softened with a little vegetable oil and lightly wiped away after a few hours. Someone who’s got the confidence to do so, and whose animal allows it, can flush out the ears with some warm water. However, it is important to proceed very gently so that the eardrum does not get hurt.
A proven home remedy for ear mites is paraffin oil. This is instilled for about a month every day in the ears of the cat. This smother the mites and the itching is also alleviated.
The antibiotic activity of garlic is known and can be used against mites. For this you crush some garlic cloves, pour a little olive oil on them and let it sink in for one whole day. Then use the garlic oil as the paraffin oil described above.
If skin mites occur you can also put some ointment with panthenol, such as Bepanthen, onto the affected skin, however, it must be ensured that the animal does not lick the ointment. This ointment ensures that the mites suffocate and the itching is alleviated.
If the problem, however, do not improve with these home remedies the cat must see the vet.
What we can offer you is our Color Light Therapy Protocol for ear mites in cats as a treatment.