Contributed by Dr. Diana Drogan, DVM.
Ear mites are one of the contagious mites seen in cats. Clinical signs include severe itching and scabs and crusts in and around the ears. The ear debris appears like clumps of black dirt as opposed to other causes of ear infections (bacteria, yeast, etc.). Ear mites are typically seen in young kittens found outside or in catteries or shelters where they come in contact with other cats with ear mites. The key to avoiding ear mites in cats is prevention. Untreated ear mite infections can lead to secondary ear and skin infections, which create more severe health issues for your pet.
Ear mites in cats can be treated and prevented with monthly topical medications prescribed by your pet’s veterinarian. A quick and non-invasive ear cytology performed by your veterinarian will diagnose the mite infection. If you suspect your cat has ear mites, please bring them to see their veterinarian immediately for evaluation!