If your kitty has ear mites, Otomite Plus can get rid of those nasty critters. If you have other cats in your household, you'll need to treat them too. Not only are ear mites disgusting, they're also exceptionally contagious pests. Treat your other cats even if they don't have symptoms.
Cat Ear Mites
Feline ear mites, Otodectes cynotis, are too small to be seen with the naked eye. If you could see a single mite, you'd spy a tick-like creature. Ear mites feed off the animal's skin tissue. Your kitty will let you know they're bothering him. Untreated, ear mites can cause hearing loss and affect Kitty's sense of balance.
If Kitty has ear mites, you might notice a brownish discharge coming out of his ears. He's constantly scratching at his ears, and if you get a whiff of them they smell pretty bad. Your normally friendly cat might not want you touching his ears, he shakes his head and his ears could look irritated and scabby. Even if you're pretty sure ear mites are causing his problem, take Kitty to the vet for a definite diagnosis, as these symptoms can be caused by other conditions. The vet will take a sampling from Kitty's ear and check for mites under a microscope. She might recommend Otomite Plus, which is available over the counter.
Manufactured by Virbac Animal Health, Otomite Plus contains pyrethrins, which kill insects, along with piperonyl butoxide and N-Octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide. Before treatment, clean Kitty's ears with a low-pH cleanser made for ear-cleaning purposes. Then don gloves and apply enough Otomite Plus into each ear to get the external ear canal wet. Your vet should tell you how much to use based on your cat's body weight, but don't exceed 10 drops per ear. Massage the base of Kitty's ears to spread the liquid. Repeat every three days for a total of three treatments. If Kitty still has evidence of ear mites, contact your vet. Don't use Otomite Plus on kittens under three months of age.
Other Cats and Pets
Since the ear mite is so contagious, your vet will probably recommend using Otomite Plus on your other pets. That includes Fido as well as other felines. She'll give you dosing instructions for dogs, according to their size. As with kittens, puppies under three months of age shouldn't be treated with Otomite Plus. If you have other types of pets, such as rabbits or ferrets, they can also be afflicted with ear mites. Ask your vet about the best type of ear miticide for them.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.