Farm cat may have ear mites?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by East Texas Pine Rooter, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. East Texas Pine Rooter

    East Texas Pine Rooter Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2003
    The vet told my wife to put alcohol drop in the cat ears, for ear mites. This sound like a real trip, trying to put drops in a cat's ear. I dont have a full arm glove. My cat is loveable, but how he will tollerate drops, will be a learning experience. Got any ideas, or similar situations?
  2. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

    May 20, 2004
    SE Missouri
    Have fun! I have two aggravating felines who don't like to be doctored but WONT stay out of cat fights.

  3. trtalbott

    trtalbott Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    No idea's, but we had a cat when I was a kid, and the crazy thing sounded like a turkey gobbleing when it would scratch it's ears. We about died laughing when heard that for the first time. And you know as kids things always seem a lot more funny than they might really be. Good luck.
  4. countrygrrrl

    countrygrrrl PITA

    Aug 4, 2003
    Zone Unknown
    Do you all have problems with ticks or fleas? If so, it might be worth it for you all to just get some Frontline for the cats and be done with it. The Frontline will kill the earmites, even when applied on the back. In fact, they're apparently getting ready to release Frontline specifically for mites because it's so effective.

    I've had two dogs who had horrible times with mites until I started using Frontline. Within a week or so of my first applications of Frontline on them, the mites vanished and have never returned. I'd tried alcohol before, but that was only a temporary fix.

    In any case, good luck ... esp. with putting the alcohol in their ears. :D
  5. sapphira

    sapphira Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2003
    for ear mites suspected in animal, dog, cat, rabbit, use "sweet oil". I had to ask for it last time at drug store. Is over counter thing. Never hurts animal and smothers the mites. S.
  6. Hank - Narita

    Hank - Narita Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    We had our 2 male cats fixed and they get along so much better since then. Ask your vet if he has a special rate at any time during the year. If you value your cats you will do this for them and you.
  7. Vera

    Vera Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2003
    The vet found earmites in the ears of one of my cats who just got neutered. She recommended mineral oil put in the ears every other day for six weeks - like the sweet oil mentioned, it smothers the mites, but you have to keep at it for six weeks because of the mites' lifecycle (development). She said to clean the gunk (dead mites) out of the ears with a Q-tip once a week. Needless to say, that's a tricky thing to do unless your cat plays along. If he wiggles too much, you can really hurt him with a Q-tip.
    The vet also said that since Pablo is part outside- and part inside cat, he's more likely to pick up mites (outside) and then bring them in the house where they can migrate to the other (inside) pets, so everybody's ears need to be checked on a regular basis.

    I got a bottle of mineral oil and a medicine dropper (like for children's liquid meds) at the supermarket for $4 total... will see how it goes with that. The Frontline idea sounds very tempting, wish I could afford that for all my critters!
  8. Tango

    Tango Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2002
    If you have DE sprinkle it on the cat's fur and around her ears sparingly and carefully. Rub it in. She won't freak out as much. It should take care of all the parasites on her.
  9. tkrabec

    tkrabec Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    when you catch the cat, wrap it in a towl so on;y it's head sticks out, you should be able to do what you need, they will eventually work out a claw or 2.

    -- Tim
  10. CatSister

    CatSister New Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    North Carolina
    ACK!!! I would definitely not put alcohol in the cat's ears. If he's scratching his ears, he'll have little lacerations from it, and the alcohol will really sting him. I've done cat rescue work for many years and the most effective and quickest thing we've used is ivomec (ivermectin), but I'll have to find the instructions/dosages for you... In the meantime, I'd try either of the oil treatments posted. It may smother the mites and should be soothing to irritated skin in the ears. BTW, I hadn't heard that Frontline was effective. That's good news!

  11. Gayle in LA

    Gayle in LA Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2002
    <<<<<<<<<<< Cat vet here........The two most effective ear mite treatments I know of are: Revolution (a topical monthly product which is a prescription drug obtained from your vet) and Frontline (topical monthly OTC insecticide). Both are EXTREMELY safe when used as directed, and EXTREMELY effective. Advantage is not label-approved for ear mites but I never see ear mites in any cat that is getting Advantage every month, for what it's worth. We no longer use ear meds for ear mites.....getting the ears clean and getting the meds into the ears is beyond most owners (and many vets), and not very effective even when done perfectly. DO NOT Q-tip your cat's will just pack the stuff in there. DO NOT put alcohol or any food products down there either. NO peroxide. We used to use mineral oil, but it takes forever and the cat hates you doing it! Keep life simple........use the new, state-of-the-art stuff.
  12. januaries

    januaries Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    Many years ago, a cat of our had ear mites. The vet gave us drops to put in his ears. It took two of us. One to hold him wrapped up in a towel, and the other to put the drops in. It actually wasn't all that difficult; it just took a couple times to figure out the best technique.