Recognizing mites and knowing how to treat them is important to your cat’s well-being. Mites are a big problem; However, the real danger is that your cat will scratch to try to relieve itching. This repeated scratching can lead to a series of deep wounds, as the itching becomes much more unforgiving.
In addition to concern for the health of your pet, there are also serious ramifications for the health of people living with suffering animals. Mites can only thrive when they receive a host to eat, but it also means that they can travel from one host to another. This means that you and other people or pets in your home are prone to catching mites and suffer from the same problems as your cat.
The most common mites that can trigger problems in cats and humans tend to be mites, tiny parasites that live inside the ear canal of an infected animal. In cats, the most likely organism is otodectes cynotis. Dust mites feed on ear wax and other debris inside a cat’s ear. They are normally found in the ear canal and can cause bleeding in your cat as a result of its bites, and also due to itching. Whenever your cat suffers from this type of mite, the ideal solution is to visit your local pet store to get ear drops for wax removal. This simple solution works because mites thrive on ear wax, so purging the wax can also eliminate the mite problem.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
So how do you know if your cat’s irritated ears are infested with mites?
Your cat may scratch his itchy ears or start shaking his head a lot. Although the mites are microscopic, they can be quite annoying. Imagine feeling hundreds of little spoiled things in your ears!
Feline mites inside the ears will look dirty, usually with traces of dark brown or reddish-brown. Sometimes a black crust also forms. This cortex can clog the ear canal over time.
Your vet can easily diagnose feline mites. The mites can be seen in the ear with an otoscope. Sometimes your vet will cover the ear and examine the remains under a microscope.
Feline mites are highly contagious. In fact, cats can also get them or share them with other animals. So if any of your pets (including dogs, cats, or rabbits) have mites, you can treat them all.
To treat feline mites, the first step is to clean the ear. You must remove the accumulation that has accumulated. The best way to do this is to rinse your ear very gently with a solution of warm water and a mild detergent, and then rinse. Since there is a risk of damaging your cat’s eardrum or pushing the mites further into the ear canal, you can ask your vet to do so.
Once the ears have been cleaned of mite residue, you can apply medications. The most effective treatments for mites contain insecticides that contain pyrethrins. The medication is usually in the form of drops that are put into the cat’s ears and then massaged for good coverage. Although you can buy over-the-counter treatments for mites, the medications provided by your vet are generally stronger and maybe more effective.
His medication is usually applied daily, for several days in a row. Then he usually waits a week after which the cleaning and medication process is repeated. You may need to perform this entire procedure for three to four cycles before completely removing the ears from the mites. Mites can live outside the ears. Although they usually live in the ears, they can also survive in the surrounding fur. An ear mite will spend a lifetime in a cat’s ear, hatching, starting its own family, and ultimately until it dies. You may need to use medication outside the ear for this reason.
Another parasite that has a much more visible impact on your cat is the burrowing mite, which eats the surface of the fur. This can lead to severe hair loss in your cat and requires immediate treatment. The best thing to do if you see signs of irritation on your pet’s skin is to call a veterinarian. They may recommend an over-the-counter pet care product such as a shampoo or dewormer to help kill the mites. Treating cat mites as soon as they become apparent, is the best way to eliminate them before the problem gets worse. The best way to treat the mites that cause hair loss is to bathe your cat with a homeopathic pet shampoo.
In more severe cases, you will need to consult your veterinarian for the best prescription possible instead of choosing a milder over-the-counter product. If the mite problem has reached the point where it has spread to other pets or family members, it’s time to make an appointment with the veterinarian. The consequences of a colony of flowering mites on your cat can be fatal in the long term, so be vigilant and monitor your cat’s progress. The sooner you catch these nasty mites, the sooner you can start treating them and healing your cat.