black stuff in her ears?

my new kitten is 7 weeks old and has black gunk in her ears. There isn't a whole lot of it and it doesn't itch or seem to bother her at all. i cleaned her ears today with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol, only the most visible stuff though. Is it a typical kitten thing or its it possibly ear mites even though it's not bothering her?

**the gunk is more goopy than anything, it sticks to the inside of her ears to the point that i kind of have to work to get it off.

Her next shots are due Feb. 12th will that be too long to get her checked out?

Asked by Miya on Jan 20th 2009 in Health & Wellness
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That depends on what the black gunk looked like and how much there was. It could be an ear infection or mites and the vet should have a look. A large quantity of gunk in a kitten's ears is not normal. Mite debris has more of a chunky look like coffee grounds, but you can't tell for sure without a microscope. One of mine had it and shared it with the rest and I have to say that it was pretty far along before they seemed bothered by it and started scratching. I don't think it's a very good idea to use alcohol in her ears either. My vet uses a special ear solution but if you don't have that, just wetting the swab with water would be safer. The gunk the mites cause would be deeper than you should safely swab on your own though. OTC mite treatments contain pyrethrins and the vet treatment is much safer and more effective.

Allie answered on 1/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Sassy (2001-2012)

You should probably take her in now and not wait til Feb 12th as it could be mites or an infection. The vet can do a quick exam and give you drops/creme etc for her ears.

Sassy (2001-2012) answered on 1/20/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


you need to take her to the vet she most likely has ear mites or an ear infection cats ears are sensitive so get your vet to treat her

Member 778798 answered on 1/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


It sounds like your new kitten has ear mites. Ear mites are very difficult to treat. The treatment could take up to one (1) month. Get your kitten to the vet sooner than February 12th. I really think this needs to be taken care of now, especially if you have other cats in your home. They will all get it.

Member 185886 answered on 1/21/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


NEVER put rubbing alcohol in your kitty's ear!!! it is way too harsh for such a tender area ... use a tiny bit of Mineral oil on a cotton ball ... NEVER stick a Q-tip in their ear either, you could puncture something! please take your cat to a Vet and have them diagnois it ... they will clean the ears and perscribe medication if needed.

Member 865381 answered on 8/7/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer