Post # 1
When I first adopted my little kitty almost a year ago, she had ear mites. I took her to the vet who put her on two doses of Revolution. She ended up giving them to my other cat (I read that mites are highly contagious), so he was treated also. All has been well since. They have no contact with any other animals, and they are strictly indoor. I have noticed the past few days that she is scratching her ears. I looked in them today, and it looks as if she has mites again (of course it could be a bacterial infection). So, I will be taking her to the vet as soon as I can get her in. My male cat’s ears look clean, but I will go ahead and treat him too. My question is: how do they keep getting mites? Can the mites get on my clothes outside and I transfer them in to the house? In west Texas, there isn’t a lot of greenery (not even sure if that is where the mites are)–the landscape is mostly flat land and dirt. I want to prevent this from happening regularly, as she is miserable. Any advice?
Post # 3
My advice is to just keep her ears clean. Check them regularly and get some kitty ear wipes. Mites hate clean ears.
Also if you smell in her ears and they smell kind of sweet then it IS probably mites.
Post # 4
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It could also be a yeast infection. My dog gets them in his ears every time the humidity hits crazy again, which was a few weeks ago this year, so we’re washing his ears a lot and may need to go get him some medication. (I just dread the cost of the vet visit)
Post # 5
@SweetartMD: How often do you use the kitty ear wipes? Can I buy them OTC? I think my poor little girl was abused before we adopted her. It took her a long time to warm up to us and always looked scared. DF has to hold on to her for dear life just so I can trim her nails. I need a kitty straightjacket or something if I plan to clean her ears. 🙂 I am a new “cat” person, so I feel like I need a crash course in kitty care. I really appreciate your advice! And her ears smell terrible, so I am fairly sure it is mites even though I don’t know how she could have contracted them.
@mrsSonthebeach: Oh, I feel your pain on the vet bill. I feel like dogs are more expensive monthly due to the Heartgard, but I don’t remember my rat terrier (RIP Willie Nelson) having many ear problems. Of course, that could also be because he didn’t have folded ears and because he let me clean them. I didn’t even think about it being a possible yeast infection.
Post # 6
Sorry, I just saw this. I just kind of look in their ears while I am petting my cats and they are all relaxed and purring and if I see anything in there I clean them. My cats like it cause they love their ears rubbed.
Post # 7
@PilotsGirl56: When i first adopted my kitties, a few days after they were home I noticed their ears were really goopy and smelly. I took them to the vet and we treated them for mites, however, it didn’t really go away and we treated them for mites again. Still no luck,so they took a swab of their ears, looked under the microscope, and no mites! So this time, we treated them with Pharmaseb Ear Flush, which is an antifungal for yeast infections. Perfect! Worked like a charm. That was two years ago, and no trouble since. Maybe you could suggest that to your Vet??
Post # 8
Revolution didn’t help my cats, a good cleaning and some generic miticide drops did.
I thought they were getting mites again, turned out it was just dirt…