Ear mites live for around four weeks and are the most common cause of ear infections in cats, spread through direct contact. If you notice your feline scratching more than usual, or a redness around the ears, it may be time to get them checked out as the symptoms tend to outlive the mites, and can lead to skin disease in other areas or even deafness.
Whilst the mites themselves appear as tiny white dots, there will be a crumbly brown material present in the ear canal if they have taken up residence with your furry friend. But don’t panic. There are plenty of spot-on preparations available from your veterinary surgeon that will relieve that irritating itch! ❤