Common Parasites: Ear Mites

A common and yet particularly troublesome parasite is the microscopic ear mite. Many cats may be a host to this parasite without any ill effects, but the mites can increase in number to the point where they set up inflammation in the ear canal. This inflammation is what’s known as ‘Otitis’ by vets and causes the cat irritation. Signs of an ear mite infestation usually reveals the presense of dark brown wax in the ear and/or the cat persistently scratching its ears or shaking its head. Treatment is by ear drops obtained from your vet or found at your local pet shop. The use of an ‘Elizabethan collar’ to prevent scratching may also be used until the infestation is past.

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