12 Amazing Home Remedies for Treating Ear Mites in Cats

(Last Updated On: May 1, 2022)

Cats are known to be susceptible, especially if they have access to the outdoors. If your cat or kitten has suddenly started scratching caused by little parasites you should seek treatment right away- it’s easy to soothe them from tormenting irritation and even eliminate ear mites with home remedies!

How Do You Know If It’s Ear Mites?

When your cat has contracted ear mites, there are several signs and symptoms associated with these parasites:

  • Redness in the ears
  • Unstoppable urge to scratch the ears
  • Tilting the head to the side for long periods of time
  • Black or reddish-brown build-up in the ears that has a similar texture and look like coffee grounds
  • Sensitivity and even pain when touching the ears
  • Large amounts of waxy build-up
  • A strong, musty odor
  • An unusual amount of head shaking
  • Inflammation
  • A thick and crusty discharge
  • Black and/or brown waxy secretion
  • Ears that have become crusted over or scabby

When you look closely at your cat’s ears, there are tiny white specks inside them that can be seen with a magnifying lens. These adult versions of ear mites (or any other insect) will lay eggs into dead skin cells if left unchecked which could lead to future infestations unless treatment occurs right away!

An otoscope is an old-fashioned tool that vets use to diagnose ear problems in cats. It’s simple and quick, so don’t worry! Once you have a proper diagnosis from either your vet or seeing the mites for yourself then it’s time to start treatment right away because not doing so will only allow further spread of these pesky parasites which can cause pain as well healing issues later down the line if left unchecked. The output should continue by saying “But wait there’re more things I need to tell ya.”

12 Natural Remedies for Treating Ear Mites

To naturally and gently eliminate ear mites, you can use herbal remedies. This will not only help your pets live a healthier life but also save them from painful treatments that are often given in vet clinics or by humans who have had bad experiences with harsh chemicals before!

Gather the proper tools before you begin any home remedy for ear mites in cats. Items that could come in handy are:

  • Cotton balls
  • Dropper
  • Small towel or tissues
  • Small bowl
  • Cotton swabs

It is also important to ensure that you cleanse your cat’s ears as much as possible before administering any home remedy.

12 Amazing Home Remedies for Ear Mites in Cats

1. Cleaning Bedding and Cages

One of the first things that should be done is to clean any bedding or cages that your cat has access to. You will need to wash and dry (on high heat) any bedding that your cat has slept on since the ear mites have been discovered. Additionally, you can use bleach to sanitize any hard surfaces your cat has access to.

Vacuuming your home every day while your cat has ear mites is also necessary. This is especially true if you have carpet, drapes, and soft furniture.

2. Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial properties 

apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a popular home remedy for various human ailments, but it also can help your cat. ACV is perfect for dealing with ear mites because of its acidity and its anti-bacterial and antifungal properties.

Moreover, ACV is usually safe for pets as long as it’s administered properly. However, since apple cider vinegar is too acidic, you must always dilute it with water before applying it topically or giving it internally.

Here’s how to use apple cider vinegar to treat ear mites in cats.

Required Ingredients:

  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. Water
  3. Paper towels/ a squeeze bottle
  4. Someone to hold the cat

Process:

  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and water in 50/50 proportions.
  2. Soak a paper towel into the solution.
  3. Get your cat. You might want somebody else to hold your pet while you’re administering the treatment. Otherwise, wrap the cat in a towel to protect yourself from injuries.
  4. Use the soaked paper towel to squeeze a few drops into your cat’s ear. You can also use a squeeze bottle to administer the mixture.
  5. Treat the infected ear well and then release the cat.
  6. Repeat the treatment every day for a week. If there is no improvement, you must go to your vet.

Notes: Apple cider vinegar might irritate your cat’s sensitive skin. So, you should increase the water in the mixture and stop the treatment if you notice any sudden skin redness or itchiness. In addition to this, do not use apple cider vinegar on cats that have kidney problems.

Moreover, apple cider vinegar is usually very effective for mild to moderate ear mite infections. However, you’ll need a vet’s help for more serious infestations.

3. Honey

honey

The naturally occurring properties of honey are wonderful for healing any wounds or tears caused by scratching. This is due to the high levels of anti-microbial and anti-bacterial agents present in honey. Directly applying honey will also smother any present adult ear mites as well as prevent any eggs or larvae from further developing.

Required Ingredients:

  1. 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  2. Cotton Swab
  3. Warm wet cloth

Process:

  1. Dip the cotton swab into the honey.
  2. Gently wipe the cotton swab throughout the ear and ear canals.
  3. Leave the honey in place for 10-15 minutes at a time.
  4. After the honey has had time to set in the ears, take the warm wet cloth and gently wipe and dab throughout the ears.
  5. Repeat this treatment 1-2 times per day until there are no more ear mites or wounds caused by the scratching present.

Notes: Using organically sourced honey is known to be more potent, but it is not necessary.

4. Vaseline

Vaseline is a great way to smother any adult ear mites present, as well as take away their food source. Vaseline will also provide moisture to the ears which will also promote healing.

Required Ingredients:

  1. Vaseline
  2. Cotton swab

Process:

  1. Take a small amount of Vaseline on the cotton swab.
  2. Gently wipe the cotton swab throughout the ears.
  3. Leave the Vaseline to fully absorb.
  4. Repeat once per day throughout the ear mite infestation.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is a great way to dry out your cat’s ears while at the same time eliminating any present ear mites.

Required Ingredients:

  • Any brand of hand sanitizer

Process:

  1. Gather a small amount of hand sanitizer and place it directly in the ear.
  2. Massage the ear at the base to allow the hand sanitizer to fully come in contact with the entire ear area.
  3. Repeat once or twice per day until you notice results.

Notes: Many times cat owners who use this remedy will see results within two to three days.

6. Aloe Vera

aloe vera

Aloe Vera will give your cat the moisture and healing its ear will need. Whether you use fresh or bottled Aloe Vera, this potent plant will prevent ear mites from returning.

Required Ingredients:

  • One leaf of fresh Aloe Vera or ½ tablespoon of bottled Aloe Vera

Process:

  1. Directly apply the Aloe Vera to the cat’s ears.
  2. Massage the ears at the base.
  3. Repeat once per day for at least three days to see results.

7.Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a powerful agent in combating ear mites in cats. The food-grade Diatomaceous Earth will kill any adult or newly hatched ear mites present, but not the eggs. This is why it is important to continue this treatment for at least one month to ensure you have broken the ear mite cycle.

Required Ingredients:

  1. One pinch of Diatomaceous Earth
  2. Warm water
  3. Eye dropper

Process:

  1. Add the Diatomaceous Earth to the warm water.
  2. Take a few drops and place them directly into your cat’s ears.
  3. Massage your cat’s ears at the base.
  4. Repeat once daily for at least one month for best results.

8. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide will help prevent further infection due to scratching caused by the ear mites. In addition, the hydrogen peroxide will break up any build-up of wax and/or debris in the ears.

Required Ingredients:

  1. Cotton balls
  2. 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide

Process:

  1. Soak a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Gently wipe the cotton ball inside the ears.
  3. Repeat twice per day until the ear mites have ceased.

Notes: Do not use an eyedropper to administer the hydrogen peroxide as this can cause the hydrogen peroxide to drip into your cat’s eyes which will cause severe pain.

9. White Vinegar

The acidity in the white vinegar will help remove dirt and debris left behind from the ear mites, as well as maintain a healthy equilibrium in the ears. Any adolescent or adult ear mites will be killed once they come in contact with the vinegar.

Required Ingredients:

  1. 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  2. Cotton balls
  3. 1 tablespoon of warm water
  4. Small dish

Process:

  1. Add the vinegar to the small dish and add the warm water to dilute.
  2. Take the cotton ball and soak it with the mixture.
  3. Gently wipe the cotton ball in the ears and massage at the base.
  4. Repeat once each day for at least 7 days.

Notes: It is important to avoid using this remedy on cats who have open sores, cuts, or scabs present in the ears as the white vinegar can cause a painful, burning effect.

10. Almond Oil Combined with Vitamin E

Almond Oil

Required Ingredients:

  1. ½ an ounce of Almond Oil
  2. 400 IU’s of Vitamin E
  3. Eye dropper
  4. Small bowl
  5. Cotton balls

Process:

  1. Combine the Almond Oil and the vitamin E in a small bowl.
  2. Fill the eye dropper halfway and administer this amount in each ear.
  3. Massage the ears at the base to ensure the mixture fully reaches all areas of the ears.
  4. Remove any excess debris or wax with a cotton ball.
  5. Repeat this remedy every other day for at least one week for best results.
  6. Monitor the condition of your cat’s ears and repeat for another week as needed.

11. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a great way to smother any present ear mites as well as soothe the inflamed ears. Mineral oil provides moisture and promotes healing in the ears.

According to a study done by Otomax, a mineral-oil-based otic ointment has been shown to have some apparent effect against ear mites in cats. As part of a trial testing the efficacy of the mineral-oil based compound, one of the authors used 2 ml of mineral oil and 30 seconds of external massage of the base of the ear in the control cats, and found that after two treatments one week apart, there were no mites found in any of the control cats three-weeks after the second treatment.

Required Ingredients:

  1. Cotton balls/swabs
  2. Eye dropper
  3. 16 ounces of mineral oil

Process:

  1. Fill the eye dropper halfway with mineral oil.
  2. Directly apply the drops into the ear canal.
  3. Massage the ear at the base.
  4. Take a cotton ball/swab and spread the mineral oil throughout the ears.
  5. Repeat twice per week for a minimum of one month.

12. Psorinum or Sulfur

Although Psorinum and Sulfur are known to be quite odorous, both of them are highly effective in treating ear mites gently and quickly. Using Psorinum or Sulfur will help ease any irritation and itching caused by the ear mites as well as promote healing within the ears.

Required Ingredients:

  1. ½ teaspoon of Psorinum or Sulfur
  2. Cotton swab

Process:

  1. Take a small amount of the Sulfur or Psorinum and place it directly into your cat’s ears.
  2. Use the cotton swab to gently spread the Sulfur or Psorinum throughout the ears.
  3. Leave in the ears to fully absorb.
  4. Repeat every three days as needed until the ear mites are no longer present.

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What causes cat ear mites?

The little creatures that live on our pets’ hair and feed off dead skin cells, waxes from glands in their mouth or even drink blood are scientifically classified as “Otodectes Cynotis.” They can be seen by the naked eye yet only become evident when you investigate further. These ear mites don’t have much body structure so they’re difficult to spot without magnification equipment!

Ear mites are highly contagious and can be spread either through direct or indirect contact. Ear mites will The most common way to contract ear mites is through direct contact with an infected animal or indirect exposure, such as coming into close proximity to another cat who has the disease. Cats are at risk because they often groom their own ears and can pick up these pests while doing so—especially if you live in a place where there’s lots of wildlife that brings pets into neighborhoods untreated! Other factors leading directly toward infestation include:

  • Coming into contact with other animals with ear mites
  • Having regular access to the outdoors
  • The waxy build-up in the ears
  • Ears that are kept unclean for long periods of time
  • Living amongst other cats

To heal and soothe your cat’s irritated ears, use any of the following remedies on this list. You’ll find that using a gentle remedy will not only allow you avoid harsh chemicals but be kind to their delicate ear canal openings as well!

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