Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Yellow Dock Root
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Boric Acid
- Campho Phenique
- Castor Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Ear Mites and People
- Ear Wash
- Garlic in Olive Oil
- Gentian Violet and Rubbing Alcohol
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Green Tea
- Green Tea and Olive Oil
- Hand Sanitizer
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Mineral Oil
- Multiple Remedies
- Neem Oil
- Olive Oil and Peppermint Oil
- Olive Oil, Vitamin E and Yellow Dock
- Pure Aloe Vera Gel
- Remedies Needed
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Mange Cure
- Vegetable Oil
- Vegetable Oil and Iodine
- Vicks Vapor Rub
- Vinegar, Oil
- Vitamin E, Hand Sanitizer
- Yellow Dock
[YEA] 10/31/2005: Jennifer from Illinois: "i have been told by a vet in new jersey to use baby oil in my cats ears. it drowns the ear mites. i didn't have baby oil in my home so i used cooking oil. and it has worked."
[NAY] 02/24/2010: Stephanie from Calgary, Alberta: "My cat has ear mites an I have tried water and vinager it seems to be getting better but it's been a month and there still not gone I'm tring mineral oil now it's only been two days of it but I read that it doesn't kill the mites just cleans the ear should I use vinegar as well as the mineral oil ... Will that kill them?"
[NAY] 02/04/2009: Susan from Redondo Beach, CA: "I have a 16 month old 13 lb.terrier pup whose one ear is now inflamed, from little hard bumps to more scab like today, smelly and clearly hurting her (the vet was booked when I went in, till Sat.)
Emily is a spunky sweetheart damaged in her back, legs & spine from puppy mill abuse (leaving no bowel control and little bladder control): she so doesn't deserve more pain in her short life.
I've so far used olive oil, vit.E, hydrogen peroxide, aloe juice -- so far E and Aloe seem to soothe her the most, but it has gotten worse.
She has been shaking her head, and whole body, a LOT. When I first checked her ear I saw nothing but thinner fur near her one ear, with a black dot which I thought might be emotional or have been a bug bite from rolling around 'love noshing' with her puppy friend. What is the difference between what mites and a yeast infection look like?"
[YEA] 06/29/2007: Nimueh from Phoenix, Arizona USA: "Hi, Nimueh back again. Still working with this situation. Since previous notes, have done three rounds with the vet, separated by 2-3 weeks, of: 1) fogging the house with a pyrethins-based fogger to stop mite cycle of mites scattered around the place. [Took all 6 cats out of the house for 3 hours each time; also plants; covered kitchen surfaces. Didn't mind the fogging too much as it dissipates afterwards quickly and left no discernible residue.]; 2) simultaneous to the house fogging, treated 3 cats with Acarex topical treatment in ears - these 3 were doing pretty well and do not have much symptoms, and 3 cats with my vet doing "off-label" transdermal shots of Iverectin (same stuff as Acarex - I think it's the same as Milbemite)as these 3 haven't yet shaken all the symptoms.sigh; 3) the first time, I also flea-shampooed the cats too. This has been quite costly and a hardship for me. (I am trying to set up another job to help us through this.)
In the last few days I am trying one more natural approach. Like I said, we may have tough mites here in the desert. My vet is trying hard to help us, but it's not gone yet. In the time between treatments, it gets almost all better, but then starts up again when the cycle starts over in about 2-3 weeks.
In the intervals between treatments, for relief, I have used: -- Diatomaceous Earth (DE) - but prefer not to, because it's so drying on all our feet and the surfaces in the house; -- also flea shampoo in their ears - very toxic! done in desperation! - not perfectly effective either. --Now I thought of ENZYMES. I found a human shampoo and mousse formerly called "Not Nice To Lice"- totally natural, not harmful - from Walgreen's, then re-ordered online. Now it seems to be selling at the same website www.notnicetolice.com but with with the new name "Lice R Gone", plus Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint that can be used as a pet shampoo. I have been putting my remaining Not Nice To Lice shampoo in their ears, first cleaning with Qtips with this solution, then squeezing a dipped cottonball in the ear and rubbing the ear base while attempting to keep it shut. (Yes, I'm covered with it from their shaking afterwards.) It's a very thin shampoo solution that doesn't leave much residue, and in the last few days I think it's helping. The 3 cats who need it most, their skin is not as irritated as with the poison flea shampoo (duh!), and in fact, all is healing up well, AND they aren't shaking and scratching. It is so much better for these 3, that tonight I used it also in the ears of the 3 who don't need it too badly, and now no one is scratching. It is peaceful. Aaaahhhhhh.
Enzymes digest anything and everything. Enzymes are how we digest our food and do any chemical function in the body. So I am picturing this solution dissolving the critters and their eggs. Thus, no matter what immunities the little mite-monsters have managed to develop, the enzymes have the potential to just dissolve these invaders regardless. Enzymes don't hurt the cats or me or my hands or feet, or the household surfaces. I am once again hopeful.
Though the Lice R Gone shampoo, 8 oz., is $22, and the Enzyme Cleaner - Peppermint, 32 oz., is $35 ( - there is a smaller one too), plus $8 shipping, if it works, this will be much cheaper than what I have been doing. I will keep you posted. I appreciate you all and Earth Clinic. Good luck."
[YEA] 04/23/2007: Nimueh from Phoenix, Arizona USA: "Friends, I don't know why but the wet application of DE failed to help my 6 cats, even as much as the dry DE application. I am back to applying the DE, dry, on a cotton ball to ears - pressing a good amount into the ear, paws, tails' tips and privates, and anywhere else they are scratching. At least they have immediate relief, and it surely minimizes the mite excrement and ear wax that is in the ear. I will research getting the Milbemite from my vet. I will keep this DE up until I can arrange for the vet treatment, hopefully it will start to end this as it has been going on so long (3 months). I will let you know. Many thanks for all the sharing."
[YEA] 04/22/2007: Nimueh from Phoenix, Arizona, USA: "Hi! Checking back in, after a few more weeks of trying remedies!
As of when I wrote last, I tried Diatomaceous Earth (DE) with pyretherins (chrysanthemum extract). I used it dry, applying with a cotton ball, like I had the plain DE. The plain DE worked nicely to provide the cats immediate relief from the mites sensations. But it needed re-application daily or so.
Trying the DE + pyretherins, the result stirred up sensation and symptoms at first for a couple hours, but then seemed to last longer - I was able to go up to 3-4 days without the cats scratching, shaking heads and so on. But over a couple weeks, the relief lasted shorter and shorter for the cats.
All this, plus I have still been using the vet's Revolution for them, now about every two weeks (which I read online somewhere). I think it helped, as one cat with very long hair apparently hadn't really been getting the Revolution on her skin and she had the worst case. Finally I realized this and was very careful to apply it to her skin, and immediately her condition came "up" to the level that the other 5 cats were at. So, all 6 have very little "coffee grounds" stuff and wax in their ears, yet displayed itching and head-shaking after some time with the topically applied products used, as said above.
I was discouraged and alarmed after 3 months of this - trying something which seems to give relief, then finding the relief waning in effectiveness. I had this "waning" result with alkaline mineralized water, and with the DE with pyretherins. This was while using Revolution at 4-week intervals, then at 2-week intervals. The mineral oil didn't work for us at all. The plain DE didn't have a "waning" effect but it just never got the job all done. I came back to this site and somehow read what I missed before - about Ted's Borax, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide formula. I almost went out at midnight to get the stuff but decided to wait till the next day.
The next evening after work, I was too tired to . (as I understood the procedure) clean the house with a borax/ water solution and leave it on the floors, etc.; do laundry with borax of all 6 cats' beddings; and give a Ted's borax solution bath to each of the 6 cats. (His stories and the testimonials talked about dogs and baths; I didn't find any about cats but I was prepared to bathe the cats, though I haven't ever before bathed all the cats at once.) So, tired, instead, I made up a small glass bottle of Ted's borax solution to apply to ears, paws, privates and tail's ends, just to see if I could see the effect for the cats.
Reading Ted's approach, I had begun to understand the importance of getting the biologically active material into a solution that penetrates skin somewhat. Another person had talked to me also about putting the DE into solution; when I had tried that person's suggestion which had not been tried on a pet's body but only in the garden, it clearly made their situation worse over a couple of hours, and I reversed tacts. Using Ted's formula the night before last and yesterday, I also found that it didn't do the job. Here in the Arizona desert, we may have some truly genetically deviant mites, very hardy.
However, this morning, before I could do all the cleaning steps that Ted's approach asks (not that my house wouldn't benefit from that, anyway!), I thought about what had worked the best. The best remedy was the plain DE - available at HomeDepot here, or where swimming pool supplies are sold, for use in pool filters. But DE didn't last, didn't quite get the job done. DE is known to be an effective natural pesticide, as it is fossilized, ground seashells, inert calcium carbonate, etc., and its pieces are very sharp microscopically, so it cuts the micro-bugs; it is also very drying, so it lethally dehydrates the micro-critters too. It is used here by savvy natural gardeners to get rid of garden pests. As I wrote earlier, if you use it, you'll find it is very drying to your hands and nails, so wash your hands well after touching it. (And, again, avoid the expensive brand that states it is "Flour Grade," as I found that it gets into the air and is breathed - very damaging if anyone has respiratory conditions - and is quite difficult to clean up as it only floats in air and doesn't stay on surfaces to get wiped up easily. I had to clean and clean again. One of the most challenging and dangerous experiences in this whole tough time, as one here has a respiratory problem.)
So, this morning, I added DE to my bottle of Ted's formula and again drenched my 6 cats' ears, paws, privates and tails' ends. This provides an active solution and a hopefully effective biologically active agent - DE. And the Borax is there too. I am currently delighted that I have seen no more head shaking, itching, etc., for hours. I will report in a couple days if the effect continues, and I will take steps to apply it very thoroughly to all the cats and the environment too.
Thank you for this site. It has helped me and my beloved felines. Hopefully some of this experience will help others."
[YEA] 03/28/2007: Nimueh from Phoenix, Arizona: "Re: my earlier submission. I have found it to be vitally important that I use only regular grade DE, i.e., NOT a certain brand and kind that calls itself "flour grade" - very fine. The "very fine" was so fine that it got in the air, and I had to wash everything that I possibly could, linens, floors, tabletops, etc., over & over, because we were breathing it, and it wouldn't stay DOWN on surfaces. It was much more expensive than regular grade (about $20, 1 lb.)
I have used DE for years and never had that problem until I used this certain "flour grade" type. So, please do use DE, but please get a regular type such as at HomeDepot for swimming pools - about $15 for 25 lbs.(life time supply for our urpose here - Also can use along edge of garden to eliminate pests, etc.)
Today searching for that product that I mentioned but couldn't get a hold of, I found online that pyrethrins (from chrysanthemum flowers thus natural) can be used like I've been using DE. Local to Arizona, I found a place that sells DE with pyrethrins (about $20, 1 lb. bag). I got some and have been applying to the cats now with the cotton ball to ears, neck, paws, tail tip and privates. So far, I can see that they are scratching less. Hopefully, this will help them. The source - www.pristineorganicproducts.com - will send to you. The pyrethrins may actually kill all stages of the mites, and so I may have reached the end of this tough challenge. I will let you know."Replies
04/23/2009: Barb from Syracuse, NY replies: "Please, never use swimming pool grade Diatomaceous Earth in the house, only foodgrade DE. From the gardenstore or feed store. NOT the swimming pool store. Swimming pool grade can give you lung disease."
[YEA] 03/28/2007: Nimueh from Phoenix, Arizona: "After trying Revolution monthly, I am now trying it twice monthly as I read online somewhere. Still, with various cleaners from the vet and from online, my beloved cats are still shaking their heads and scratching.I have also been using DE powder whenever they display these symptoms. I grab a cotton ball and dip it in the DE powder and press it firmly into each ear, also to their paws front and back - just dust the top of the paw, to the tip of their tails - as the paws and tail tip contact the ears, and their private parts - just dust there with the DE-coated cotton ball. Plus any place else that they are scratching. These are places where the parasites, eggs and such may be, so the DE will just stop them from developing. DE microscopically is very sharp shards as well as very dehydrating, so it wipes out all kinds of parasites and pests, in the garden too, etc. However, I am tired of them having more problems with this coming up still day after day. I am glad that the DE gives them immediate relief. I will continue for a month, as one writer suggests here, though I may have already done that. DE is very drying, so wash your hands thoroughly as it will dry your nails; also floors, etc. Still I would do anything to have their suffering end. I will try Milbo-Mite, as the oil didn't work for me & wasn't manageable - oil everywhere! Thank you!"
[YEA] 09/08/2008: Steven from Camas, USA: "NEEM OIL is a rapid cure for ear mite infections. I used it with my cockapoo and it worked in a couple of days where three weeks of using other treatments failed (olive oil, mineral oil, olive oil with garlic, water/vinegar ALL FAILED). The effectiveness of Neem Oil was impressive and I recommend it highly.
Start by warming the Neem Oil by sitting the closed bottle in a bowl of hot water for about 10 minutes. This is important because Neem Oil becomes viscous or solid when cold and you must warm it up so that it flows easily into the ear.
Then, using a dropper, fill the ear canal with pure Neem Oil, then massage the ear canal for about a minute, then wipe off the excess with a cotton ball. Do this once a day at bedtime for a few days so the dog sleeps with the oil in its ear. Neem Oil seems to be absorbed into the tissues so do not use it for more than a few days."
[YEA] 12/30/2012: Om from Hope, Bc, Canada replies: "thank you, thank you. Of all the remedies listed, neem oil will not poison or kill a cat. A few years ago the gov't here issued a warning about Borax. It is not as harmless as thought of generally. Most vets' medicines are prohibitively expensive, harmful or outright poisons. If health is a business, let the buyer beware. However, I would see a vet just to determine if the cat has also an ear infection. Antibiotics have long term damaging effect on the body and some cats do not recover well at all. Warm the neem oil and clean the outside daily, applying every three days for a month. I have many rescue cats and some dogs, believe me, simple, harmless natural remedies are , in the end best and not draining on limited resources plus no pain and stress on the animal. Thanks again. Om"
[YEA] 06/02/2009: Anne G. from Milton, VT: "Holistic Ear Mite Remedies:
I adopted two kittens in November and both were infested with fleas and ear mites. They were babies, only four weeks old, but the mother stopped producing milk, and the woman who owned the pregnant cat said she'd had enough of the constant bottle feeding.
My key goals became to rid them of the fleas and mites, but the vet I have told me to avoid any medications at their young age, especially since one of them was the runt of the litter and barely weighed 14 ounces. The other was one pound.
Anyway, he suggested I mix 1/4 cup of olive oil with 10 drops of peppermint oil and then store it in a bottle. Every day, I'd put three or four drops of this oil mixture into their ears and then massage it in. I'd follow this with a bath in warm water with baby shampoo to kill off as many fleas as possible. Then I'd use blunt-tipped tweezers to pick off fleas that climbed to the head. Wrap them in a blanket and dry them off some. Then I'd use a flea comb to remove any other fleas that escaped. I was told that by bathing them right after the oil treatment, any mites that escaped the ear were washed away by the shampoo.
After two weeks, I took them back to the vet and heard the words I was waiting for--both kittens were completely flea and ear mite free. They are eight months old and never had fleas or ear mites again. So obviously the olive oil and peppermint oil mix did the trick. Now I have my two boys who weigh 11 and 13 pounds (the runt is 13) and as I've been told they are obviously part Maine Coon, the vet's told me to expect them to be huge. Given the size of their paws, I'd already expected that!"
08/26/2011: Atomiconion from Montgomery, Alabama replies: "there is a mycoplasma going around that allows these mite to live on people and animals the remedie is because the mycoplasma feeds from frontal lobe and ammonia and some acids symptoms can be mites, aligator legs, pink spots, weight gain, fatigue, lesions, insomnia, malnutrition, depression, swollen glands, headaches, walking nemonia, nervous condition etc. The cure is a slice of onion on forhead for several weeks changing onion only when it is dryed up and not plyable hold it there with sweatband put napkin over it to avoid ridicule, if that the problem you will feel it working after as little as a week for comfort de earth in between legs. the mites go when this mycoplasma dies cure. same for pets. you may need buy dog hat for them to keep it on."
[YEA] 06/04/2007: Ala from tucson, arizona: "I first rid a cat of ear mites using a mixture of olive oil and vitamin e back in 2004, following the advice in the book natural remedies for cats. Yesterday I noticed my cat had signs of mites. I cleaned the ear of debris and massaged in olive oil. Today I bought vitamin e and the yellow dock and gave him a dose of olive oil and then the yellow dock (9 drops in 1 TBS of water). We'll see if this works, but I bet it will. I treated the nonaffected ear yesterday, but not today. My cat is a little wary of me messing with his ears, so I'm focusing my efforts on his bad ear at this point!"Replies
03/15/2008: Michelle from Montreal, Canada replies: "Hi, I have a holland lop with ear mites and i have been trying so many things. They work for a little while only. I would like to try the yellow dock root extract since I have heard about this from a few people here and elsehere. I went to my homeopath to get some and he asked me what strength cause apparently there are different ones. Can someone please tell me the strength they are using, Thank you"
04/05/2008: Sandi from Victoria, Canada replies: "I have been using the natural olive oil and vitamin E treatment for my cats ear mites as suggested in several articles online. My question is, does the vitamine E oil damage my cat if ingested. He shakes it out and then it ends up all over his fur. I know it is not good for humans to take vitamin E pills if it is not needed because it builds up in the system. Thanks in advance for any answers!"
06/26/2014: Jeanette from Texas, US replies: "Vitamin E is one of the safest supplements you can take. It will not hurt your cat."
[YEA] 04/04/2007: Deb from Des Moines, Iowa: "Years ago, my Grandmother spent a majority of her summer, running her dog to the Vet's because of ear mites. Then she decided to take the pet to another Vet. who was a Man who believed in "old time" remedies. His advice to her for the ear mites was pure aloa vera gel. Just break off a small end of one of the stems and using a Q-tip, swab the ear and within a few days, the mites were gone and most importantly, the Aloa is very gentle on the pet not to mention it cures without harmful chemicals."
08/26/2011: Deborah Barnett from Mt. Carmel, Tn: "For the ear mites using the extract, it says nine drops with one tab water. It does not say if that is for one ear or both for that mixture to kill ear mites in dogs ears. need help.
10/29/2010: Poodlelady from Houston, Tx: "Hello.. I am new to this site and with all the abbreviations I am not sure what a lot of this means. Are we to drink the mixtures in Ted's claims? Drink Borax? And what is ACV? Please help as these mites are really bad and I need releif. I am a dog breeder and all the dogs have them. It is a disaster!!"Replies
10/31/2010: Cat Lover from Granite Falls, Wa replies: "I used OTOMAX (a steroid)to help with my cats red, inflamed, and burning ears... BEFORE treating him with ear mite medicine."
07/01/2009: Danielle from Baton Rouge, Louisiana: "Hi, Our 1 year old Golden Retriever has been moaning with his ears. He rolls around trying to scratch them and they've been red and infected so we brought him to the vet right after he started, and she said it was a yeast infection in his ears. We have an in-ground pool, so we thought maybe his dry skin and irritated ears might be from the chlorine, but the medicine she gave us for the yeast infection is not working at all. We try to keep him out the pool, and administor his medicine everyday, but we don't know what else to try. Anyone have some suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!!!"Replies
08/16/2009: Heather from Springfield, Va, Usa replies: "If the vet med for yeast infection is not working, why would you not go back to the vet and tell him??
That said, there is a natural enzyme cleaner and drops which supposedly treat yeast infections and which I think even helped rid my cat of ear mites. It is called Zymox. I bought the cleaner and the drops; you should not use any other cleaner with the drops because it will make the drops not work, due to the enzyme action.
As for ear mites, I have 3 other cats and just tried the Acarexx 2 days ago, sure that it would work since it required a prescription (but is supposedly not bad for cats like chemicals). Well, unbelievably, they are STILL showing signs of infestation. I can't believe it and not sure what to do next, maybe the Zymox for the other cats too, or maybe I'll try neem oil. Tried mineral oil for days and no help at all. Also used yellow dock in one cat's ears; didn't seem to help either. Very disappointed about the Acarexx! What's the deal? Paid over $50 for all 4 cats plus shipping.
Oh! One more thing- NIMUEH from PHOENIX: I read your post saying that you were using PYRETHRINS-
PLEASE DO NOT USE PYRETHRINS ON YOUR CAT!!! Pyrethrins are EXTREMELY toxic to cats, can kill them if ingested!!! Believe me, I understand your extreme frustration with the ear mite situation, and I have read your endless attempts at treating them with no success-- wow, you are going through hell with this, I know. But please, you must not just go buying things at garden stores and pool stores which are for use on inanimate objects-- you are going to make your cats very sick or kill them. If the situation is so bad that you cannot solve it any other way, just go ahead and use Revolution (drops applied to neck).
* Edit: I see that you are doing this now-- just keep it up. Make sure that you part the hair and the drops go onto the SKIN, not the HAIR. But again-- please, not twice monthly!!! You are making your cats incredibly toxic and they will definitely end up with kidney disease, no doubt about it. Their little systems cannot take all this poison that you are putting into them. Revolution is not to be used twice a month. It WILL kill mites if used on a regular basis. Mites cannot live on a cat treated with this stuff, as everything that comes out of the cat will be toxic to the mites- including the wax which they feed on. Trust me, this WILL work. I guarantee it. If it is not working, either you are not getting it down to the skin, or you just need to wait a little while. Mites cannot live on cats which are oozing Revolution out of every pore, it is just not possible. Maybe your cats do not have ear mites at all!! Maybe they have ALLERGIES, did that ever occur to you? Have they even been to the vet to be checked?? Allergies will make cats scratch their ears, a LOT. Please get to the vet and have this situation assessed. There's just no way your cats still have mites after all of this treatment; and after the Revolution, there is NO WAY your cats would still have mites. Even super-resistant desert mites. Something is wrong here, I don't know what, but I suggest you go to a vet, ASAP. Good luck."
[NAY] 10/31/2010: Animal Lover from Marysville, Wa. replies: "I agree, DO NOT use store bought pet remedies unless you want to kill your pet. The chemicals are absolutely toxic.... Just ask any vet. Frontline and Revolution work to kill fleas AND ear mites... And are so easy to use."
02/02/2012: Shellsies from Covina, California, United States replies: "I agree with you on not using pyrethrins on your cat because of my experience. I was so desperate to help my poor Miss Kitty that I used it on her and she went into seizures for almost 48 hours straight. I am a single mom and am very low income and cannot afford to take my animals to the vet. Thankfully, after many hours of prayer over her by my whole family; she didn't die. She didn't seem to have any permanent damage either, but I'm not a vet. I'm all for natural treatments and practice healthy living through nutrition; but the vet meds really are the way to go if you just want to be done with the whole matter. Just my opinion though; like I said, I am not a vet."