If your cat scratches his ears frequently or shakes his head, the problem could be ear mites. Ear mites are tiny parasites that can cause yeast and bacterial infections. If left untreated, the ear drum could rupture resulting in seizures or deafness.
Ear mites are highly contagious and can be passed to other pets in your household.
Mites appear as a dark waxy substance in the ear accompanied by an unpleasant odor.
Treatment is a trip to the veterinarian who will clean the ears and apply medication. You can continue the treatment at home for a month and have the vet check your cat’s ears again to make sure the ear mite problem has cleared.
There are new medications available that kill all mites with one application to ears or skin. It’s important to treat all animals living together to keep mites at bay.
Checking your cat’s ears regularly will help avoid any problems or at least catch them before any damage occurs.