I remember there being a thread on this, but I can't seem to find it.
What is a home solution for earmites? And if there isn't any, what would be a cheap solution to get? I'm kitty sitting my friends 5 cats and the two adults have nasty earmites, really black icky ears, and are always scratching. Their cats are not abused or neglected, but comparing them to mine they look icky. I'm trying to fix up the cats while they are gone. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
be careful with anything over the counter boggle lover. valentino had a nasty reaction to hartz ear mite medicine and it wound up costing me more in the end than it would have if i went to the vet first. try cleaning them with witch hazel if you can't get them to the vet. good luck
I called the vet and they wanted a bunch of money. They aren't my cats and I cant afford a vet right now, if I could I would take them. I'm been washing their ears with babyshampoo and warm water, then I rub in vegetable oil (vet says it kills the mites, suffocates them). I heard that the mites live only 13 days, so I'm going to do it everyday until then just to make sure. At first you really couldn't see in their ears, they were all swollen, and you couldn't see the dirt. But from me flushing their ears out for only one day, the gunk comes to the top and is easily cleaned. I've noticed a difference right away in their temperments. Momma cat isn't so grouchy anymore and her ears are starting to look pink, not yucky and red. My friends are really great and love their animals, but I've notice that my cats are in way better health. I can feel momma cats hip bones. But she has been eating more lately, so maybe I'll get her to put on some weight before they get back. I've been brushing them too, they shed way more than mine.
I am pretty sure your pets can get earmites from them I may be wrong but I had a pug puppy who had a slight case of them and the vet had me treat the other puppy I had with her good luck hope all goes well and you sound like a good friend taking care of those kittys like you are.
I'm treating my pets at home now too. My kitten goes there sometimes and since hes all over my animals, I'm treating the dogs and Taco.
I like to see all animals live the best life possible. I was actually the one who made the appointment for her cat to be neutered. The momma cat had had 5 litters in a row and I felt really bad for her.
A cheap, natural alternative may be regular olive oil. I know as a social worker we recommended it to kill people head lice that were nearly getting resistant to the extra strong pesticides, which aren't exactly good for children.
Sorry I didn't see this post before. I don't get on much during the week.
I have dealt with this before. You can get Quick Kill at most feed stores. This is only 7.50 for a large bottle. Twice a day for three days and they are gone. OR the vet has it just as inexpensive.
The (dirt) is really blood from the mites feces they are eating in their ears. YICK!
When you give them the meds they will not like it. What it does is drive the ear mites crazy like pouring acid on them and will buzz in the pets ear. So they shack their head. Plus putting liquid in is not pleasant either.
Mites can be spread from cat to cat no matter what age. Kittens just are more skeptical.
Well I think I can afford 7.50, lol. I'm going to make a trip to the vet tomorrow. The momma cat won't come near me (I'm the evil person who touches her ears) and dad kittys ears are bleeding on the inside, can't see a scratch, but the cotton ball comes back all bloody. One of the kittens ears were bleeding too:( My friend just called me and they are staying in BC for at least another couple days (family problems), and I feel so bad for the cats that I don't really care if I have to pay for it.