One of the most common health problem in cats is an ear mite infection. Ear mites are tiny insects that live in the ear canal and feed by piercing the skin.
The most frequent sign is intense itching, scratching of the ear, head shaking, and sometimes hair loss around ears. There is also a dry, crumbly, dark brown waxy discharge when you look into the ears. This discharge can also have a foul smell. Ear mites can leave the ear canals and travel over the body. Ear mites are highly contagious among cats, house rabbits, ferrets, and dogs, but humans almost never get it. If ear mites are discovered on one of your pets, all pets in the house hold should be treated.
Cats with ear mites are very uncomfortable. The ear mites will crawl deep into the ear canals and will lead to secondary infections of the ears. If the ear mites are left untreated, it can lead to more serious problems. If you see the signs above and suspect your cat may have ear mites, please call our office and we will provide you with any information or help you need. 505-869-2627