Cat shakes her head because of her ears.

I cleaned her ears and put ear mite medicene in. She is continueously shaking her head because of her ears. She is 14yrs old. Any suggestions?

Asked by Member 826166 on Apr 13th 2009 Tagged earproblem in Health & Wellness
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It may depend. How long has your cat had ear mites? Maybe your cat made it into a bad habit; or something is bothering your cat in the ear. Please check first.

Member 548419 answered on 4/14/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Please be careful with over the counter ear mite medicine. It contains pyrmethrin which can be toxic to cats if she ingests any. When mine got mites, it took several treatments with Milbemite at the vet to get rid of them because they kept passing them to each other. You should have the vet check for an ear infection. Kira had chronic ear infections from the time she came from her breeder and required surgery on her inner ear to correct it. You don't want to take chances with an ear infection because it can lead to a much more serious and expensive condition or deafness.

Kira answered on 4/14/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Mr. Fez (Angel Dreamboat #25)

Have you taken your cat to a vet to confirm she has ear mites? If not, you NEED to take her to a vet to determine what is wrong with her ears. It could be ear mites, or it could be an ear infection. Once the vet determines what is wrong, he/she can prescribe appropriate treatment. The wrong treatment may make the problem worse, and without the correct treatment - serious and expensive damage could result. I also do not recommend over the counter products for ear mites - they are not as good as what the vet can prescribe and the cat should be seen be the vet to confirm the diagnosis. Also, make sure you do not ever use any human products on your cat without first speaking to a vet.

Mr. Fez (Angel Dreamboat #25) answered on 4/14/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


This might sound crazy, but your cat may have developed an allergy to food or something else. Especially, if she/he checks out negative for ear mites or fleas. I am having a horrible time with my cats (shaking their heads and scratching ears) we are now looking into allergies.

******Morgan******* answered on 4/15/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer