Does Your Cat Have Ear Mites?
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Does Your Cat Have Ear Mites?

Ear mites are very common in cats and they sometimes will affect a dog. Ear mites usually attack the ears of a cat but in severe untreated infestations they can be found on the neck, back and tail. If you suspect your cat might have ear mites or any other problem with his ears take him to the veterinarian to have it checked.

Ear mites are one of the most common parasites cats get.  They are a tiny parasite that resembles a spider and they usually infest a cat’s ear.  They can be found on dogs but this is not common. The mites usually live in the ear canals but can live on other parts of the cat's body.  They are usually found on the surface of the skin in the cat’s ears.   The presence of mites can cause severe inflammation in your affected cat's ears.  Ear mites are more common in kittens and younger cats because they have not built up immunity to them.

Ear mites thrive in the warm moist area where the airflow is restricted.  They feed on epidermal debris and ear wax.  Ear mites will burrow into the ear and cause it to be inflamed.

When your cat has ear mites he is miserable because of all the itching they cause.  Imagine how it would feel if you had thousands of little bugs running around in one of your ears.  Usually the first symptom you will notice will be your cat scratching his ears or shaking his head because of the extreme itching that the mites are causing.

You may notice your cat's ears appear flattened or laid back and his ears may hurt when you touch them.  He may cry in pain when you touch them and he may cry out when he is scratching his ears.  His ears may smell terrible.

Cats sometimes damage their ears with all the scratching.  Often their ears will bleed because of the scratching.  They may shake their head with such intensity that small blood vessels are broken and a hematoma will form.

You can look in your cat’s ear and you will see the evidence of ear mites.  .  This debris is made up of ear wax, blood and ear mites.

Your veterinarian can look in your cat’s ear with an otoscope to make sure your cat does have ear mites.  He may also look at the debris from the ear under a microscope for a more definite diagnosis.  If ear mite infestations are not treated, they can become very serious.  They can result in damage to the ear canals, eardrums, and leaving deformity of the ears and possible deafness

Bacterial or yeast infection is also common so it is important to consult your veterinarian and have your cat's ears checked.

Ear mites are very contagious and can be passed from cat to cat.  They can also be passed from cat to dog.  Your veterinarian may recommend you treat all of your pets.

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