It is irritating and equally painful to see your cat scratching ears throughout the day in irregular intervals. If you doubt the existence of some parasites on their ears, you should read this post as it can be the ear mites that are actually causing inflammation and irritation in your cat’s inner and external ear canal. Here are a few facts about ear mites that can help your treat your cats better:
- Both dogs and cats get effected by the same mite
Otodectes cynotes is the most common type of mites, which is an eight legged parasite. The same mite effects both dogs and cats. So, in case you own both of them and accidentally anyone of them is infested by mites, chances of the other one getting infested are very high. These irritatting, tiny parasites live on the wax and oil of your cat’s ear and if remain untreated, they can multiply very easily causing inflammation and irritation in the inner and external ear canal of your cat.
- How to detect ear mites?
If you want to determine whether your cat has ear-mites, use a torchlight to brighten up their ear canal. While the mites love to be in the darkness and bright lights will make them run crazily. The infection of ear mites also leave some smelly residue that look similar to ground coffee.
- Are ear mites infectious?
They can be easily pass on to the next animal very easily. So, if you have more than one animal at house, you need to treat all of them at the same time. The chances of pet to human transfer is not very high and if they are transferred in human body, they cannot last long.
- How to treat ear mites?
It’s better and always advisable that on confirmation about the pest infestation, you take your dog to the vets. Vets often prescribe medicines like Advantage plus for cats. If the condition of your cat’s ear is not well, the vet might have to clean their ears and depending on the level of irritation the medicine will be given.
- How long does it take to treat mites?
The treatment needs to be carried out at least for a month’s time. But, it would completely depend on the infestation level and your vet’s understanding of the issue.