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Try These Natural Treatments to Get Rid of Cat Ear Mites

If your kitty has ear mites, you are probably desperate to provide relief.  The good news is, you can!  Learn how to treat eat mites in cats. 

Does your kitty have ear mites? If so, you are probably wondering how to treat ear mites in cats.  This article provides some of the most effective natural remedies.  Keep reading to learn about them.   

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Basic Overview of Cat Ear Mites

Cat ear mites are parasites that live in moist, dark environments.  They bite the host’s skin and feed on any available debris.

Symptoms of an infestation include:

  • Tilted head 
  • Shaking head 
  • Itchy ears
  • Red skin
  • Lesions or abrasions caused by excessive scratching
  • Ear mite poop that looks like small black specks  
  • Ear wax build-up

If you aren’t sure that your cat is infested, talk to your veterinarian.  He or she can provide you with an accurate diagnosis.  

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Ear Mite Treatment for Cats

If you like the idea of using home remedies, this section is perfect for you!  We are going to describe some of the best natural treatments for ear mites in cats.

Important Note:  You may want to work with a holistic veterinarian.  This person can use his or her expertise to come up with an effective treatment plan that best meets your cat’s unique needs.    

Olive Oil

Do you have olive oil in your pantry?  Try using it to eradicate cat ear mites!  Just apply a small amount to your kitty’s ears.  

The olive oil works by keeping the mites from latching onto the skin.  Then you can use a soft cloth to wipe away the mites and eggs.  The olive oil will make them come out more easily.       

As an added bonus, the oil will moisturize and soothe your cat’s skin, helping it recover more quickly.    


Vaseline can help reduce redness, swelling, and itching, making it a great addition to your cat’s treatment plan.  

Here’s how it works:

  • First, clean out your cat’s ears.
  • Then, massage a small amount of Vaseline into your cat’s ears.  
  • Do this 1-2 times per day.  

Just be sure your cat doesn’t have any cuts or sores.  If those injuries are present, choose a different remedy.    

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Unless your cat’s ears have cuts or sores, ACV is an effective ear mite remedy worth trying.  Just follow these steps:  

  • Dilute the ACV with water.  The mixture should be ½ water and ½ ACV.
  • Put the ACV mixture into a squirt bottle.
  • Spray the ACV mixture into your cat’s ears.
  • Do this 1-2 times per day.  


Although you should NEVER feed garlic to your feline (it’s kitty toxic!) you can use it to fight off cat ear mites.  Here’s how:

  • Chop up 2-3 garlic cloves.
  • Place the cloves in a few TBPS of olive oil.
  • Leave the garlic in the olive oil overnight.   
  • Strain out the garlic.
  • Apply the olive oil to your cat’s ears.
  • Do this once per day.
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In Conclusion 

When trying various natural remedies, your most important goal is to provide relief to your fur baby.  So do whatever works best for your particular puss.  

And if you need some guidance, don’t hesitate to get help from a holistic veterinarian.