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  3. Treating ear mites in cats is something that should be done carefully for sure. So much of this article will benefit anyone that is experiencing infestation of these pesky creatures. What I disagree with though is the medicines prescribed for ear mites treatment. Most are very dangerous and can even cause hearing loss. They are pesticides, insecticides and poison. Ear mites can be successfully treated naturally and we do that with our cats that go outside all the time and end up needing ear mite treatment because of that. We found a treatment called Dr Dogs Ear Oil from http://www.drdogs247.com which has been very helpful to soothe the irritated ears and gets rid of the ear mites just fine. More people should know that while seeing a vet is always a good idea, using the harsh ear mite medicines really isn’t a good idea, they can even cause hearing loss!
    Be safe and take care what is prescribed or used in your cat’s ears.

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  5. When John and I first got Popsy she had ear mites, along with her litter tray and a brush her previous “owner” sent a half a bottle of some cheap and nasty ear drops from a pet shop which went straight into the bin. We took her to our vets the next day to start her vaccinations and have her looked at and microchipped (scary thinking of that now after reading the recent article about it, and the poor little thing did cry out when it was injected)and then the vet used a spot on treatment for the back of her neck which was for fleas and ear mites, can’t remember now what it was called but it cleared the ear mites up in a very short time and she never had the problem again. I think it’s pointless messing about at home, get to the vets and get something that is going to work then it’s sorted and cat and human are both happy.

  6. when they had earmites we had to put medication in their ears twice a day for TWO whole weeks – it was awful. And it seems cats always get them.

  7. No it isn’t a good idea to try to treat ear mites at home without a vet’s examination.
    When I worked for vets we sometimes had to anaesthetise cats to clean out their ears impacted with the black dirt from mites, it was too painful to do it while they were awake. If those cats had been seen and treated properly their ears would never have got so bad and the remedy wouldn’t have cost as much either.

    • Interesting comment, Ruth, because it shows how tricky it can be to treat ear mites and how cat owners can neglect it and underrate the severity of the condition. Thanks for your support.

      • Some cats had scratched at their ear so much they had a haematoma in the flap which caused it to swell up painfully, they had to be anaesthetised and a cut made inside the flap to let the blood drain out. One vet I worked for would stitch a tiny button over the wound to hold it together but also so that it would allow any more blood to drain until the wound healed up. I was aghast when I first saw him do it but it worked wonders, the ear always healed beautifully.
        I often wonder how much things have changed nowadays for things like that.

  8. Excellent advice as always, Michael.

    What is of great concern to me are veterinarians on the Internet who offer diagnostic and treatment suggestions (some free and some at a fee) without having examined the cat. I think this is extremely dangerous.

    • I agree. I think this has come about because of the Internet and because veterinarians are very keen to embrace the Internet and publicise their work and themselves but they jeopardise their integrity. You really can’t diagnose without seeing the cat, handling the cat, and talking to the cat’s caretaker.

      Regrettably, as far as I’m concerned, 99% of American vets have already jeopardised their integrity by declawing cats.

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