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Ear Problems


Ear mites are the most common mites that infest cats. Ear mites are also contagious to other cats and dogs. An infected cat may hold his or her ears in an abnormally flattened manner and shake his or her head or scratch his or her ears with unusual vigor.

Some flea preventatives that you purchase from your veterinarian will also kill ear mites that may be on the fur of the cat. The rooms that the cat has access to should be cleaned.

Ear mites cause the formation of large amounts of dark black to reddish brown wax in the ear. If you clean out the ear and your cat has ear mites the ears will appear dirty again fairly quickly.

Other conditions can cause this, so to tell if it is ear mites take a cotton swab and remove some discharge. You may be able to see mites under a bright light or on a piece of black paper. Live ear mites look like moving white specks about the size of a dressmakerís pin.

There are several ways for your veterinarian to treat for ear mites. Discuss with your veterinarian the best way to treat for your situation.


Yeast is a brown, waxy discharge that is seen in one third of all cat ear infections and looks very similar to ear mite discharge. Usually an increase in ear scratching is seen.

1 part vinegar and 1 part water can be used to clean ears of cats with a predisposition to yeast infections. Dip a q-tip or cotton ball in the solution and swab out ears gently.

If you continue to see discharge or the treatment is to irritating to your cat see your veterinarian.

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