What are ear mites?

Updated July 24, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

The Question:

Our veterinarian told us that our 10-week-old cats have ear mites? What are ear mites?

The Answer:

Ear mites are tiny parasites that feed on the skin surface of certain animals. While they are most commonly found on the ears of young cats and dogs, ferrets and even humans can have ear mites. Despite their name, ear mites can turn up anywhere on an animal's body. A sure sign your pet has ear mites is frequent scratching of ears and heavy wax buildup.

Veterinarians can prescribe medication-usually drops-to treat ear mites. Because the mites are very contagious between animals, it is a good idea to have any other pets you may have treated at the same time. Treatment should be administered for at least one month.

We suggest that you follow your veterinarian's advice. And don't worry, chances are good that your cats will build up an immunity to ear mites.

You can get more more information about ear mites in cats at Pet's Health and PetEducation.Com.

-The Editors

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