Can indoor cats get ear mites??

Asked by Taffey on Apr 11th 2009 Tagged earmites in Health & Wellness
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Mr. Fez (Angel Dreamboat #25)

Indoor cats are at lower risk for parasites, but yes - they can get ear mites (and fleas and worms too). If you think your cat may have ear mites, take your cat to your vet. They will examine your cats ears and check with a microscope for mites. The meds your vet can prescribe for mites are MUCH better than anything you can get over the counter (please - don't bother with anything over the counter). Also, it may be an ear infection. Mickey had an ear infection once with dark crud in his ear and the tech thought it looked like mites - it wasn't, he had an ear infection. Either way - your cat needs to see a vet if something is wrong with her ears.

Mr. Fez (Angel Dreamboat #25) answered on 4/12/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Cats can definitely get ear mites if they are solely indoors. Do you have a dog that goes outside? It could have brought it in. I know my brother got fleas and he never goes outside. He got them from the vets office when he got neutered. Put your pinky finger in your cats ear (if you can). If when you pull out your finger it has some black speckles on it and it smells funny, chances are you have ear mites!!! My mommy works in a vet office and she agrees that over the counter products don't work well. They will mask the problem for a few weeks but then they always come back. Then you are left trying something else. Instead of trying thousands of useless products. Go to a vet for medication.

Rodney answered on 4/13/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer