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Check your cat’s ears for mites regularly. Ear mites should never be untreated. Ear mites are tiny parasites resembling microscopic ticks, and are the most common ear mite of cats.

They feed on tissue debris and tissue fluids. If left untreated, mites can cause severe inflammation in the cat’s ear. Frequent ear scratching and head shaking are the most common symptoms that a cat may have ear mites.

Another symptom of mite infestation is a buildup of dark wax that looks something like coffee grounds. Mites stimulate the wax-producing glands in the inner ear. Ear mites are generally a problem for outdoor cats.

Mites are contagious. As cat owners, we need to be responsible for our cat’s health.

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