Showing posts with label ear mites. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ear mites. Show all posts

Monday 21 July 2014

The truth about treating cat ear mites

The truth about treating cat ear mites | PoC

If you click on the link above you will be taken to what I believe is a good page on this subject but it is not getting enough exposure from Google search and therefore I'm cross posting the page (in summary) on this website.  I apologise for duplication in what I'm saying about this but it needs to be done.

cat ear mite

Essentially what I say is that a lot of people look for either a homeopathic home cure for cat ear mites or some sort of quick fix at home to avoid a trip to the vet. They are looking for ways to clean their cat's ears and kill the ear mites.

It is possible to clean the inside of the ear flap but only the part that you see. What about the beginning of the ear canal that goes to the eardrum?  Ear mites are going to be in that area and when you try and clean that area you are quite likely to do damage to the ear canal and even the eardrum unless you are extremely careful.

As cat ear mites are very irritating to the cat and as they also infest the cat outside of the ear plus bearing in mind what I have written about, I think that the best course of action is to take your cat to the vet and bite the bullet on the cost and trouble.

There is no sure way of fixing the problem at home and you can make things worse.  Do you want your cat to be in extreme discomfort for a very long time simply for the cost of a veterinarian visit?  The cost should not be that high because for a veterinarian treating cat ear mites should be straightforward but importantly effective with no risk to the cat.

Websites providing instructions on homeopathic cures for feline ear mites are fine but should be treated with caution and some skepticism.

Friday 16 May 2014

I Know Why My Cat Is Shaking His Head

There are a lot of articles about cats shaking their heads and what causes it.  My cat is just been through a phase of that.  The reason why he was shaking his head and sneezing violently occasionally is because he had a nasal discharge due to a bacterial infection which in turn was possibly a secondary infection after a viral infection.

Another possible reason why he had a bacterial infection which irritated his nose causing him to shake his head to try and loosen it, is because something was stuck up his nose: a foreign body.

Another possible reason why he had this infection is because he may have the beginnings of cancer in his nose. That, again, would cause an obstruction and an irritation or discomfort - possibly. I am waiting to see how that develops.

In general, any irritation in the nose, in the mouth or in or on the ears might cause a cat to shake his head to try and get rid of that irritation/pain/discomfort.

Perhaps the most common reason for head shaking is ear mites simply because they are fairly common in the first place.  You'll see a lot of cat owners on the Internet recommending to a person that they clean their cat's ears on the basis that their cat might have ear mites.  Personally, I would not try this.  It is too problematic a process.  The cat might be hurt.  Also, the cat might not have ear mites.  There are too many ifs and buts.  The only thing to do is to see a vet.

A sore and inflamed mouth can also cause a cat to shake his head.

With respect to a cat's ears, the following conditions might lead to head shaking:

  • a foreign body or a tick the ear canal
  • an infection of the year
  • a blood clot under the skin of the ear flap (damaged ear)
  • and ear that has been damaged in a fight which has become irritating/uncomfortable.
These are just examples.  A veterinarian's diagnosis is required.  With respect to my cat, the irritation in his nose has been at least temporarily cured through selecting an appropriate antibiotic which kills the bacteria.

Thursday 15 December 2011

Cat Ear Mite Treatment

There is a natural cat ear mite treatment that I think you should try if you live in North America. It is not cheap but it is natural. Personally, I don't like using insecticides and chemicals on my cats because they are potentially dangerous. Ear mites make a cat depressed as they are extremely uncomfortable causing secondary infections.

Feline Ear Clear Drops for Cat Ear Mites - $32.95

Retail Price: $42.95
You Save: $10.00
from: Pet Wellbeing Inc.

Pet Wellbeing Inc. say that they use natural products, herbs of the highest quality. The product does not require a consultation with a vet before use as it is completely safe. It acts as a natural antibiotic and as a disinfectant. However, you will need to be sure that your cat has ear mites. That is an important point and a vet's input may be required.

The ears should be cleaned first. I would advise that you ask your vet about how to do that as you can get it badly wrong and make things worse. Don't push debris and dirt into the ear.

If you want the more conventional chemical treatments: Nolvamite, Mitaclear (both USA) are two examples. See also: cat ear mites.

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