Tue, Mar 12, 2024

I adopted my cat recently and he has earned mites, I'd appreciate some advice on how to get rid of the ear mites I may be mistaken but gabapentin only helps with the pain not actually the ear mites?

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Ear mites, known scientifically as Otodectes cynotis, are a common cause of ear irritation in cats. They are tiny parasites that live in the ear canal and feed on the wax and oils there. The symptoms you're observing, such as your cat itching or rubbing its ears, are typical signs of an infestation.

Gabapentin, which your cat is currently taking, is indeed used for pain and may help to reduce the discomfort associated with ear mites, but it does not treat the mites themselves. To address the ear mite infestation, you'll need to use a specific medication designed to eliminate these parasites.

Begin by gently cleaning your cat's ears to remove any debris and earwax. This can be done with a soft cloth or cotton ball slightly moistened with a cat ear cleaner. Avoid using cotton swabs deep in the ear canal, as this can cause injury. And if you have other pets, it's important to treat them as well, as ear mites can easily spread from one animal to another.

If during treatment you notice any of the following symptoms, it would be prudent to seek immediate veterinary care. These could indicate a more serious condition or a reaction to the medication.

- Severe redness or swelling in the ear
- Discharge with a foul odor
- Balance issues or disorientation
- Any sign of an allergic reaction, such as hives or difficulty breathing

If possible, I recommend taking Donovan to the hospital to determine his exact condition.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.