Mites and Parasites Infestation in Cats… Causes and Treatments
Mite infestation is one of the most common causes of ear disease in the cat; particularly in kittens and young cats. But any age of animal can be affected. The infestation tends to produce itching, scratching and head shaking. Although, close inspection of the ear usually reveals a very characteristic dark; almost black wax in the ear canals. Some cats produce so much that the ear canal becomes totally blocked.
If your eyesight is particularly sharp; you can appreciate tiny white dots swarming around on the surface of the wax. These dots are the adult ear mites. If you want to have a closer examination; ask your veterinary surgeon if you can have a look with an auroscope. Very enthusiastic owners may be interested in seeing these villains waiving at them under a microscope. But most of us prefer to launch an attack on the little blighters; rather than getting up close.
Many cats carry ear mites without revealing any problems. But badly affected cats will have very itchy ears. If left untreated; bacteria and fungi can jump in on an unhappy ear; as well as aggravate the problem. The lining of the ear is very delicate. A long-standing problem can cause permanent scarring. These mites live their whole life-cycle on the cat. They’re acquired when a cat comes into contact; with an infested cat.
How to Properly Disinfect the Parasites
When we treat ear mite infestations; we need to treat all the in contact animals in the house. Even if they’re not obviously affected. If we don’t; the ear mites will bounce back and forward. Until recently ear mites were quite difficult beasts to eliminate.
The available ear preparations could only kill adult ear mites. If treatment stopped too early; unaffected eggs would hatch out as well as re-infest the cat. In order to zap the hatching eggs; ear treatment had to be continued for at least 3 weeks. The average cat is amenable to, say; a week’s worth of ear drops. But by the three week stage will either leave home when the bottle appears. Or will have hospitalized its owner.
Fortunately, the treatment of cat ear mites is being transformed; by the introduction of a new preparation called Stronghold. This is available from your veterinary practice. The contents of a single pipette are applied to the back of the neck. As well as provide a simple, safe and effective ear mite treatment for your cat.