Let's Talk Ear Mites

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

A friend of a friend is in Stage 4 Breast Cancer and just adopted a kitten. The kitten has ear mites and isn't going to the Vet until it is spayed. (I know - not the best scenario - but there probably isn't much money and probably not much energy as she is having chemo every other week.) She asked me what to do about the kitten's ear mites and since getting a Rx from the Vet wasn't happening, I suggested first, NO SWABS in the ear canal!!!, two, a couple of drops of mineral oil in the ear and canal and then wipe with a cotton ball or gauze. IS there any over-the-counter treatment for mites that is safe for kittens? Anyone else have a better, safe treatment?

Lee's Summit, MO(Zone 6a)

Call any vet and ask - they will help you decide which otc is best for a baby kitty - he is miserable, you can be assured of that!

Acton, CA(Zone 8b)

mineral oil is safe and often effective... there are ear mite medications over the counter, too. Best meds are available at the veterinary office, but most ear mite infestations should be lessened with either of the above treatments. Ear mites are pretty easy to get rid of, normally.

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

Thank you palmbob! We can always count on you.

Niles, MI(Zone 5a)

Ear mites will be killed if you use Avons Skin-so-soft origional scent on a cotton ball just enough to dampen the ball, may take several treatments but, it works. I have a 16 year old cat who is indoor only, but the mites got seated deeply in his ears at the vets. So after trying all of the stuff on the market and from the vet, I tried SOS worked great, plus he really smells great!!

Danielsville, GA(Zone 7b)

When I first got Simon, he had ear mites real bad. I used mineral oil, and when Mon. came around I called the vet, but she couldn't see him until Wed. of that week, and the mineral oil did the trick.
What I did is a little harsh, but I poured a little at a time, and let him shake, it stayed in his ears from Sat, till Wed., and the vet found dead ones, and second check-up, some two weeks later, she wasn't even able to find a leg, from one. Mike

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

That isn't harsh at all! Glad to know that mineral oil works.

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