Ear Mites

  • Ear mites are most commonly seen in kittens, but they can also cause issues in adult cats 

  • Ear mites cause your pet to have itchy ears 

  • Ear mites can be spread from cat to cat but can also be picked up in the environment 

  • If you suspect your pet has ear mites, always see your veterinarian


Ear mites are small creatures which reside in the ear canal. They cause a build-up of wax, inflammation, and itchiness. 


Your vet may take a swab from your pet’s ears to look at under the microscope to confirm that your pet has ear mites. 


Treatment usually involves the use of an insecticide; this is a treatment similar to the treatment you may use on your pet for flea treatment and will usually be in the form of a spot on or tablet. 

Your pet may also require ear cleaner or ear drops to address the inflammation or infection which your pet may have secondary to the ear mites. Always consult your vet before applying any treatment.

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This advice is for UK pets only.Written by vets. Please always seek advice from your own veterinary surgeon if you have concerns about your animal, never try to treat an animal yourself or give any medication without veterinary supervision.