Unfortunately, ear mites are common. They are external parasites that cause infections.
This can cause excessive scratching.
Your cat can be seen to scratch his or her ears so much that they can actually draw blood and injure themselves from all the scratching. Some can scratch at their ears so much that they can really injure their own ear drums/canals. With the mites being so itchy, they can even shake their heads back and forth to try to get them out.
This is pretty common in young cats as it is contagious–it can easily pass from mother to her kittens and/or from kitten to kitten. However, any age of cat can get ear mites. The mite can spread throughout the body if left untreated, though it is commonly found in the ear.
Some symptoms include:
- itching ears, head, neck
- shaking his/her head a lot
- small brown crusty specks in the ear canal
- scratches on the ears
- crusting on the neck
- black crusts in the outer ear
Your vet will give your cat a thorough physical and run certain tests. He will take a skin scrape sample and an ear swab.
The treatment is routine and very well known. Please bring your cat in immediately and we can help you and your pet live healthy.
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