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Kitty ear mites home remedy

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Kittily, Jul 5, 2018.


  1. Kittily

    Kittily PetForums Newbie

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    Hello! So I suspect that my kitten has ear mites as he’s scratching at them, shaking his head often and I can see lots of dark brown stuff inside and his ears are always quite smelly. This was the case from the first day we got him. We brought him to the vets to get us checkup and injections and they give us a spot on treatment for all parasites which apparently included ear mites. However a few weeks later the problem still persists and now it’s time to give him his second injection. We booked an appointment this week however it got cancelled as all the vets in our area are apparently on holidays so we weren’t able to get another one until two weeks time.

    Due to this I’ve become desperate in finding another solution to this problem as I don’t want it to become more serious. It’s also unfair for him to deal with such discomfort and I don’t want our other kitty to get infected.

    I looked online for home remedies and I’ve decided to try out the white vinegar solution. I emptied out one of our old ear drop solutions and made a mixture of 1/3 water with 2/3 white vinegar. I’ve applied this today and cleaned the ears out as much as I could in hopes of helping this problem but I’m just wondering if this will make any difference and if not then what else could I try or should I just buy an ear mite solution from the pet store?
     
  2. Ceiling Kitty

    Ceiling Kitty Hides away from much through humour...

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    Don't put vinegar in the ears - it's an acid, and if the ear canal is inflamed it will sting!

    I'd suggest going to a different vet while yours is on holiday.
     
  3. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    I wouldn’t risk it.

    Find another vet.
     
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  5. Kittily

    Kittily PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your replies everyone. I was worried about using white vinegar in his ears but I didn’t find any reports of it being harmful and I’ve known people to use this chemical around their pets. I used it to clean my ferrets cage instead of the more harsh chemical available in stores which was extremely effective and my ferrets never showed any problems with it. Although I do realise that using it on an animal is a different matter. He doesn’t seem to have reacted to it but it didn’t clean the very back of his ears so I’ve decided to buy otodex ear drops which has good reviews and would arrive quickly. If this doesn’t work then I’ll bring them to a different vets.
     
  6. Torin.

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    I too use vinegar to clean small animal cages, but using vinegar for cleaning non-living items is very different to putting it down a cat's ear - I don't see how they're comparable!
     
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    You are probably going to have to start the whole course of vaccinations over again then. Most second vaccs of a course need to be 3-4 weeks after the first. I've never in my life heard of a vets just cancelling something time sensitive like this.
     
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