Home remedies for ear mites??

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  1. Briere Fur Mom

    Briere Fur Mom Member

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    OMGoodness! We've been battling ear problems for a year now. Out of the 12 cats in the herd, 4 are showing symptoms. They've been treated for everything from ear mites to yeast infections. We started eliminating foods, thinking food allergies(not too common in 4 cats!). Soooo, lo and behold after looking for ear mites here at home and at the vets routinely, my DH finally found one of those lil buggers on a slide today. We decided to grab a sample from a civvie that isn't showing symptoms. Go figure! OH thank goodness the mystery is solved! It's funny that last year was the first year we didn't use Advantage flea prevention(regular Adv. not multi or Adv.2) "consistently". We usually dose the kitties with Advantage over the warm months about 3x. Last year we only dosed once. Coincidence that we have ear mites now???
    So, my question is what is a proven natural home remedy to eradicate these lil buggers? I've read about the ACV spray, garlic w/oil, and aloe vera gel. BTW is aloe toxic?? I thought I read that somewhere. Anywho all thoughts and suggestions appreciated.

    ETA: It is Advantage II that we use. I'm a ninnie!!! In my defense it's been a while since we purchased it:p
     
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  2. Larry and Kitties

    Larry and Kitties Well-Known Member

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  3. Lisa and Witn (GA)

    Lisa and Witn (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Also Advantage Multi kills fleas and ear mites.
     
  4. Briere Fur Mom

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    I'm trying to stay away from topicals that kill heartworms and intestinal parasites.
    We use regular advantage. It seems strange that we got ear mites when not using the Advantage (regular) on a somewhat "consistent" basis( about 3x during warmer months) It's not marketed to kill ear mites but......
     
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  5. Noah & me (GA)

    Noah & me (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I've never had to deal with this, where does a cat pick up mites?
    One advantage to living with long cold winters; I've never ever seen a cockroach or anything else in the disgusto' family. Frostbite is not much fun.
     
  6. Briere Fur Mom

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    You're lucky not to deal with the creepy crawlies. I don't know that I would trade frostbite for the lack of their presence in the environment though. Brrr.

    An outdoor cvvie adopted us a little over a year ago. Well, we didn't go through our normal protocol when bringing him into our herd. So, I'm assuming he brought the lil hitchhikers with him and has passed them to everyone else. Ear mites are quite common in outdoor cats. Just one of those things. I'm sure they have their place somewhere in the ecosystem but, that doesn't include my cats' ears!! LOL!
     
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  7. Judy and Freckles

    Judy and Freckles Well-Known Member

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    I'm surprised anything can find your avatar kitty... he is so camouflaged in that picture!! :cat:
     

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