The ear mite is the most common cause of ear infections in cats, quickly spreading from one cat to another through direct contact.
Ear mites are exactly what they sound like — little parasites that crawl around and multiply, most commonly in the ear canal of cats. These little mites are quite contagious and can cause an extremely itchy and uncomfortable situation for your cat. Unlike other mites, these can be seen with the naked eye. They are usually seen as very tiny white specks against a black background.
SOURCE & CAUSES OF EAR MITES IN CATS
The ear mite is a surface mite that generally lives on your cat under normal conditions. However, if the environment is right, these mites multiply and become too high in number, resulting in an ear mite infestation.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF EAR MITES IN CATS
The most common symptoms of ear mites are:
DIAGNOSIS & TESTS FOR EAR MITES IN CATS
If your cat is showing these symptoms, your veterinarian will most likely do the following:
TREATMENT & MANAGEMENT OF EAR MITES IN CATS
The good news about ear mites is they are easy to treat. The most common treatment is done with a medication.
PREVENTION & HELPFUL TIPS FOR EAR MITES IN CATS
Ear mites can be prevented with the use of a monthly heartworm preventive that includes an ear mite preventive. Keeping your cat from being exposed to other cats that have ear mites is the obvious prevention method.