|An ear mite infestation is misery for your cat. The constant itching and noise as they move around in the ear canal makes cats scratch their ears and shake their heads. The scratching leads to pain and inflammation. If your cat has coffee-ground-like gunk in her ears, she almost certainly has ear mites. The most common treatment for ear mites is a special medicine prescribed by your vet. Anecdotal evidence suggests that spot-on parasite prevention medications containing fipronil can kill adult mites and prevent infestation; ask your vet about this. Because the mites can live outside the ears and sometimes even on the feet, your vet might suggest a special shampoo. Untreated ear mite infestation can lead to inner ear infections and hearing loss.
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.
June 10th, 2011