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Old 21-10-2010, 12:27 AM
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Cats dirty eyes, ear mites?

I have heard that brown stuff in the corners of the eyes is a symptom of ear mites, which needs to be treated with ear mite medicine (pyrethrins) in the ears. Anybody know this>?
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Old 21-10-2010, 01:10 AM
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Re: Cats dirty eyes, ear mites?

hiya ear mites are extremly easy for cats to catch so all cats in the household must be treated.

best thing is to pop to the vets, get a ear cleaner and clean the ears out and place Advocate (does mites/fleas/worms all in one) to the back of the neck, leave ears for about 3 weeks (or you will rub the advocate off), then re-clean them and redo the advocate, leave for 4 weeks then re clean and use advocate from then on as it does all 3 things we use it on our cats for worming/ear mites (as we use outside studs and you never know) and fleas

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just re-read your post you said symptom of EYES???? do you mean ears?? if not eyes do get a bit of dirt sometimes and it doesnt mean anything!
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I have heard that brown stuff in the corners of the eyes is a symptom of ear mites, which needs to be treated with ear mite medicine (pyrethrins) in the ears. Anybody know this>?
I foster shelter cats & kittens so have come across earmite quite a lot. Can't say though that I have ever noticed a realtionship between earmite and eye-gunk. I can't say categorically that this can't happen (I doubt any of us can, we are not vets) but it doesn't sound right either (if you see what I mean? Like I know the ears, nose and throat are all interconnected, in humans too, but I can't see where the ears and the eyes connect???)

if you are treating your cat for earmite and the cat seems to have any kind of abnormal eye-gunk then I would recommend a vet visit. Eyes aren't things you can take risks with.
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Re: Cats dirty eyes, ear mites?

I think the eye dirt also depends if the cat is outside one or inside one.

So if its an inside cat with lots of eye dirt then it seems strange, but if its outside cat then its normal since they play in dirt and dust a lot.
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Re: Cats dirty eyes, ear mites?

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Like I know the ears, nose and throat are all interconnected, in humans too, but I can't see where the ears and the eyes connect???)
They don't connect to each other, but they do both drain into the space in your head: your tear ducts drain into your nasal cavity and the Eustachian tubes go from your ears into your pharynx (which is the same 'hole' as your nasal cavity, just a bit lower - 'the back of your throat').

I know from unfortunate personal experience that it is possible to taste ear drops.

On topic, I haven't seen a connection, but maybe it's because cats with ear-mites tend to be those that haven't been groomed or taken care of recently (I know how easy they are to catch; I'm not implying that everyone whose cat has ear-mites doesn't take care of them), so they'd also have tear-stains and crusty eyes?

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Re: Cats dirty eyes, ear mites?

If you do mean discharge from the eyes and not the dark specks in the ears, and if the discharge has increased recently and is a brownish colour then perhaps take a trip to the vet to rule out feline herpes conjunctivitis. But it could just be normal eye gunk.
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Re: Cats dirty eyes, ear mites?

My Eric has just started getting more brown gunk in his eyes and dirtier ears, not sure whether this is related? Don't know what to do really as there are no mites, i've had a good check.
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Re: Cats dirty eyes, ear mites?

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My Eric has just started getting more brown gunk in his eyes and dirtier ears, not sure whether this is related? Don't know what to do really as there are no mites, i've had a good check.
Some cats need more help with cleaning their faces (and therefore their eyes) than others - especially boys, in my experience - and, unless they've got a girl cat to hold them down and insist that their ears get cleaned now , their ears stay dirty. It must be hard to clean inside those ears with just the side of their paws.

I consider it maintenance along with claw-clipping: I remove sleep from the corners of eyes as necessary (sometimes daily, sometimes more or less often depending on the cat), and clean ears when they start to look grubby, probably about monthly, if that.

You can use a damp, warm-but-not-hot ball of cotton wool, or a special dog and cat ear-cleaner, as you choose.
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They don't connect to each other, but they do both drain into the space in your head: your tear ducts drain into your nasal cavity and the Eustachian tubes go from your ears into your pharynx (which is the same 'hole' as your nasal cavity, just a bit lower - 'the back of your throat').

I know from unfortunate personal experience that it is possible to taste ear drops.

On topic, I haven't seen a connection, but maybe it's because cats with ear-mites tend to be those that haven't been groomed or taken care of recently (I know how easy they are to catch; I'm not implying that everyone whose cat has ear-mites doesn't take care of them), so they'd also have tear-stains and crusty eyes?
I use blue eye drops in my eyes when I am flying... and if I blow my nose after using them, the snot is blue. (TMI? lol)

I have never noticed cats with earmites are more prone to dirty eyes. I must ask in the shleter if they see this.
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I use blue eye drops in my eyes when I am flying... and if I blow my nose after using them, the snot is blue. (TMI? lol)
I have to ask: what blue eye-drops, and why?
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