If your cat has been scratching its ears or you’ve noticed black stuff in or coming out of its ears then chances are good it has ear mites. Ear mites can leave a mess in places your cats lay, including your couch and even pillows not to mention how uncomfortable they are for your feline friend. Fortunately an expensive trip to your veterinarian may not be necessary to treat this nuisance; try a natural treatment and cure it at home.
Natural Oils for Ear Mites
The classic and effective treatment for ear mites is natural oils. You’ll probably want to steer clear of vegetable oil and instead go with a nut derived oil such as peanut or almond oil, canola oil will also work well in a pinch. According to VetMedicine Vitamin E is good for healing any scratches or sores left over from the mites so add a small dash of this to your oil as well.
You will want to use slightly warmed oil, not hot oil, for this treatment. You will only use about a tablespoon and you may most easily heat it in the microwave, start with 10 seconds and test the temperature with your fingertip. If you overheat it don’t worry, just let it cool a little and retest the temperature in a few minutes.
Having a friend or family member around is crucial for application with even the most well tempered cat. If you want to be on the safe side wrap your pet in a blanket or towel so that he or she cannot scratch you or wiggle away.
Hold your cat to the side so its ear is up and, using an eye dropper or slowly dripping, pour around half of your tablespoon of oil and Vitamin E mixture into its ear. The trick here is to get it as far in as possible, the inner ear is your target. Next you’ll want to gently rub the outside and inside of your cat’s ear to insure an even application. Wait a few moments before flipping around to the other ear so gravity doesn’t drain your oil solution. Repeat this process for the second ear.
Cleaning Your Cat’s Ears
After a few hours you will want to clean out your cat’s ears. Be sure not to go too deep and damage its ear drums during this process. If your oil did the job right the ear mites should have largely suffocated and the cleaning will remove them as well as the ear mite ‘dirt’ as it is know. You should end up with a good amount of black gunky material from inside its ears.
The cleaning is just as important as the treatment, especially for your cat’s comfort so make sure you follow through on this step as well.
Repeat this entire process twice daily for somewhere in the range of five days to a week. After this time the ear mites should be wiped out but make sure to check that it was a success after a few days, again the black mite dirt should be apparent if another course is in order.