Ear Issues in Cats: Natural Pet Remedies

Last Modified on Sep 05, 2014

Those big, sweet ears on our cats were bound to catch more than the sound of scampering mice. Cats are prone to ear issues that include ear mites, hematoma of blood vessels in the ear tissue, yeast and fungal infection, ear infections, bacterial infection, and even allergies. Fortunately, some natural pet remedies can clean up your cat's ear problems safely and naturally!

Ear problems in cats should first be addressed or prevented with appropriate cat ear care. Perform a weekly exam of your cat's inner and outer ears, looking for redness, parasites, and other markers. When necessary, wet a bit of cotton with an appropriate ear cleaner (your vet can supply, or try simple olive oil or mineral oil) and wipe at the outer ear. Don't put anything into the inner ear. Just as with people, that can hurt! Regular cleaning can prevent cat ear infections, reduce allergens, and kill off yeast or fungi.

Ear mites in cats are also a common problem for pet owners. We have other cat remedies on our Natural Remedies for Ear Mites page, but consider cleaning with mineral oil and looking into Ted's Mange Remedy.

Cure Ear Problems in Cats with Home Remedies!

Common home remedies for cat ear care include apple cider vinegar as a topical application that works as an anti-bacterial, anti-yeast, and general antibiotic. You should dilute the apple cider vinegar with equal parts water before rubbing the mixture into the affected part of your cat's ear. It can be an effective cleanser when your cat gets ear wounds from fighting with other cats, though it stings a bit.

User Reviews




Aloe Vera   1  0   

Posted by Nimueh (Phoenix, Arizona USA) on 04/26/2007

[YEA]  I haven't tried the Aloe or the hand sanitizer yet, but may try. Called vet, asked about Milbemite. Vet offered Acarexx; said same thing. I got it at $15 per cat (6 cats). Vet also had me continue the Revolution (about $8 online, per cat) but vet said - as I had read online but the vet didn't tell me this earlier - administer every 2 weeks (not monthly) during this, along with the Acarexx. Plus, expect to administer for another interim after this 2 weeks.

Don't know if the desert mites here are super-bad, or what. But this seems like a lot of treatment. I agree it seems to be needed. I hope others can solve more easily than I. Just letting you know what I have done. I appreciate the sharing, the support, the idea to find this vet solution - which I didn't hear from the vet...! I will check back. Much appreciation.

Apple Cider Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by Black Magic (Middletown) on 08/04/2014

I need to know how much apple cider vinegar to apply onto Magic or into Magic's right ear. He is one years old. An all black cat, I saw that his ear was red and bleeding a little from infection. I had rolled a q tip and thats how I knew it was or is infected HELP!!! I have read the positives of apple cider vinegar, I will go out and get some NOW!!! But how do I apply it?!!!

Replied by Om
Hope, Bc Canada
08/05/2014
Hi, Black Magic from Middletown ---

You can try that but keep in mind that garlic cloves, mascerated in olive oil will help very well and speedily with ear infections. My dog had a long standing issue with his ear before rescue which healed really well after applying warm oil from the mascerated garlic for three days once a time. He does not cry anymore or shake his head. For the blood in the ear you could put a small quantity of turmeric into the ear; it will be very beneficial.

If there is pus which you can tell by inserting carefully a qu-tip then there is a wonderful, cheap homeopathic remedy. It is called HEPAR SULPHURIS 30C. You dissolve three small pills in a small quantity of water and using a syringe put it sideways into the mouth behind the front incisor. You follow up, if there is puss, three times with one to two hours interval and possibly one more time at night. The next morning check again if there is puss. I applied this once more next day and that was it. The puss was gone and ears are fine. This saves you using antibiotics which most of the time do not work according to some homeopathic doctors' opinion.

You can order or purchase from health food store . All the best with your black kitty.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
08/05/2014
Hey Black Magic!

I DITTO Om's advice on the use of oil to treat your cat's raw and bleeding ear. Using ACV at this point will make it sting and cause more trauma. Wait until the raw skin heals over before using ACV in the ear please!

Replied by Mc
FL, US
09/02/2014
I have a new kitty, Galaxy, that I took to the vet and the vet treated him with Milbiemite for ear mites. A week later he is scratching his outside ear to the point of bleeding and scabbing over.

I called the vet and asked what was next and if I could just pick up the medicine and treat him at home. (Galaxy was so traumatized by the first trip to the vet that he pooped diarrhea three times! ) The vet told me that the ear mites had to be dead with the Milbiemite treatment and the Revolution treatment that he had given Galaxy.

The vet sent home cleansing solution and an antibiotic gel. I treated Galaxy's ears with both of these once which resulted in him pooping diarrhea again all throughout the house. (Galaxy frantically wiggles free any time you try to pick him up or hold him! )

I saw the post here about HEPAR SULPHURIS 30C. I can't see in the ears to say for sure that there is pus but one ear is very "liquid" sounding when I rub the base of his ear.

Given the exteme trauma that Galaxy goes through with any type of restraint I ground up the pellets and put them in the juice from one of his favorite foods. I treated him 3 times the first day and then 8 times the next day at 2-hour intervals. So far there is no difference in the "liquid" sound when I rub the base of his ear.

My questions are - 1. Should the HEPAR SULPHURIS still be effective when administered this way? (I am trying to minimize the trauma for this guy and he more than willingly laps up the crushed pellets when in his favorite wet food juice.)

2. Is there any other homeopathic to use if the HEPAR SULPHURIS doesn't work? (Calcarea Sulphurica 30C was suggested by the Vitamin Shoppe guy.)

My goal here is to miminize Galaxy's trauma by finding a treatment that I can put in his wet food.

Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
09/03/2014
Hey MC!

My answers are:

1. Should the HEPAR SULPHURIS still be effective when administered this way? (I am trying to minimize the trauma for this guy and he more than willingly laps up the crushed pellets when in his favorite wet food juice.)

NO. Homeopathic pills should not be handled with bare fingers, but should be crushed in an envelope and then the dust tipped into your cat's mouth. Mixing them in canned food may actually neutralize the remedy depending on the ingredients in the canned food.

2. Is there any other homeopathic to use if the HEPAR SULPHURIS doesn't work? (Calcarea Sulphurica 30C was suggested by the Vitamin Shoppe guy.)

MAYBE. I did not see the two you mention actually applying to the condition you are treating, but I am not super versed with those remedies. You might consider searching the Elixers.com site for additional ideas for homeopathic remedies to use.

3. My goal here is to miminize Galaxy's trauma by finding a treatment that I can put in his wet food.

Consider ACV in the food if you cannot handle your cat without undue trauma. Use the good stuff, the raw, organic, 'with the mother'/live cultures and use 1 part ACV to 10 parts water.

I have to say that it may be worth your while to handle your cat a few more times. His ears need to be flushed of debris from the mites; remedies inserted into the ear canal may be the most effective approach to healing the ears. Additionally you might consider his diet, allergies or an underlying yeast condition may be the source of the continued ear issues after the mites were resolved. Read the food label and consider switching brands if you find the diet is grain or plant based.

Replied by Mc
Florida, US
09/05/2014
Thanks for the feedback.

I have tracked down a holistic vet to take Galaxy to. With the previous post saying that antibiotics in the ear aren't effective I am going to wait until I see the holistic vet to know what to treat his ears with.

Also I think you are spot on with the allergy idea.

Posted by Jibit (Ky) on 09/03/2013

[YEA]  My 10 year-old cat had yellow pus in his ear that led to him shaking his head and turning his head sideways. I treated him with organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother). I used a syringe to administer 1/2 ml of the ACV in his ear. He shook his head and talked to me right after I administered the ACV. He wasn't thrilled about having it placed in his ear, but within two days he stopped tilting his ear and the pus completely disappeared within 3 days. I continued to administer the ACV to his ear for a week and a half to make sure the infection stayed away. A lady I know did the same thing for her dog who was tilting his head and had pus in his ear. She said her dog is doing much better after just two administrations of the ACV. I'm not sure how much ACV she used on him. Her dog is about 45 pounds.

EC:

Warning!

Please exercise caution with this remedy. Apple cider vinegar applied straight can burn and cause terrible pain to a pet. It must always be well diluted in water when applied topically -- at least 50% Water to 50% ACV.

Ear Issues   0  0   

Posted by Trese (San Diego Area, Ca) on 11/15/2012

My boy kitty has lots of dark brown or blackish goop in his ears, and as much as I clean them, it's not decreasing. He's not scratching them, and I don't see any signs of rawness or inflammation. He has a weird smell and i'm not sure where that's coming from (though I can wiff it, my nose is not sensitive enough to specify).

I've used a tincture dropper to put peroxide in his ears in the evening. Sometimes following with olive oil. I have also used a diluted mix of baking soda and a few drops of tea tree oil (though I read somebody's post that tea tree oil is poison for cats. Is it?). A few times I used vinegar which has had garlic steeping in it. And I use q-tips carefully to wipe out gunk. Though he will only tolerate so much at a time, so I can never get it all at once. Though of course I won't go down the ear canal, which seems to be completely clotted up with gunk! But by the next evening, there's always just as much gunk in his ears again, as if I hadn't done anything!

I just picked up the boy a few weeks ago, to be a companion for my 7mo-old gal kitty, from an individual who got him as a rescue - neutered, shots and dewormed (though he's had gas, a few rounds of diarrea, and what seems to me to be a bit of a belly, though otherwise appears healthy with lots of feisty energy, a healthy appetite, and I have not yet seen any worms. ). They guessed he was 6mo-old.

Oh, and about his ears, the rescue paper says: "ivermectin(?) in ears repeat in 2 wks". Or that's what the sloppy handwriting looks like anyways. What does that treat? Maybe it's a clue to what it is.

My girl's ears are fine so far, so hopefully it's not something she can easily get from him. They are outdoors during the day, and in the bathroom at night. I haven't detected any fleas at all, in the 4-5 months that i've had my gal.

Any suggestions to what this could be, and how else to treat it?

The food that came with him is good quality, no wheat/corn/soy, artificial stuff, or by-products. But it is kitten food and contains colostrum, and 10% more protein than what I give my girl. Could that be causing his gas and bit-of-belly? I also supplement them with a few spoons of sardines or makerel, sometimes plain kefir, a bit of raw ground turkey a few times a week, and she loves a bit of avocado or raw egg occasionally. Any comments on those?

Thanks! I cannot afford a vet right at this moment, and my immediate area doesn't have much for options anyways, unless I drive out of town. I wouldn't have had the first kitty for this reason, except that a friend pleaded with me that she needed a home right away.

Replied by Om
Hope, Canada, B.c.
01/22/2013
Your baby has parasites - worms cannot always be seen. They damage body organs especially the lungs. Get him dewormed and give him natural meds to raise his immune system. The gunky ears indicate toxins in the body which leave via the orifices of the body. Gas and distended abdomen men worms and they can kill a cat. All the best OS

Ear Mites   0  0   

Posted by Nia (Nyc, Ny) on 09/19/2011

I have a feral and have done TONS of research. My feral has a damaged or "collapsed" ear due to the earmites that typically infest the ears of ferals and only get worse the longer they go untreated. My cat is the posterchild for a feral cat with his crumpled left ear; yet, he doesn't suffer from earmites anymore but, needs to have his ears cleaned at least once a week. Food grade oils like coconut or olive massaged into the ears do nicely. God bless:)

Posted by Nimueh (Phoenix, Arizona) on 03/28/2007

Diatomeceaous Earth/Cat Ear Mites: One writer refers to Milbo-Mite. I wm interested but cannot find it on the web with just that name. Please advise, if possible. Thank you!

Mineral Oil   2  0   

Posted by Donny (Hummelstown, Pennsylvania) on 02/09/2009

[YEA]  My wife and I have a 3 year old bull dog that has had a serious problem with earmites in the past year. The cheapest way that I have been told to cure earmites is with Fragrence free Baby Oil... This home remedy really does work with persistant use. I would recommend twice daily for 2 weeks. Apply liberally using an ear dropper or syringe, place 3-5 drops in ear and massage for 30 seconds, then clean the excess dirt and oil using cotton balls or Q-tips... USE CAUTION WITH Q-TIPS...

Replied by Scott Miller
Fl, US
07/28/2014
NEVER use Q-Tips inside a cat's ears!
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn
07/29/2014
Hey Scott!

You can safely use Q-tips inside your cat's ears. The key is to never insert the Q-tip past where you can see. If you cannot see the end of the Q-tip, then you risk rupturing your pet's ear drum. So if you only use in areas that you can see, you can safely use Q-tips in your cat's ear.

Posted by Mae (Elmo, Utah) on 12/30/2008

[YEA]  Thanks for the advice on checking for ear mite eggs around the fur around a cat's ears. My cat Taya has been diagnosed with ear mites and I've been treating her with mineral oil and I noticed that she had an infestation of eggs around the base of her ear. To say the least she got an impromptu bath and a radical assault of mineral oil squeezed into her ears with a bulbous syringe. No she wasn't happy about the impromtu bath or 'mom's' sudden zealous assault on her ears but she's feeling better and is sleeping peacefully on 'mom's'pillow. I'm also going to be instituting the ear mite med I got from walmart. Can anyone plz tell me if the adult mites die after laying eggs or do they continue living with their offspring making kitty's ears a living nightmare for some owners?

Replied by Rosy
Orlando, Fl
12/31/2008
[YEA]   Mineral Oil kills all mites in cats ears, so you shouldn't have to use the mite meds from Wallmart. Just add a small dropper full of oil in ears everyday until mites are gone.
Replied by Sylk
Cincinnati, Ohio
02/29/2012
Just wanted to comment: Be careful when treating your cat's ears. One of mine developed an aural hematoma, requiring draining and stitching. This may have been caused by rough handling of the ear, or too much scratching and shaking on his part. Gentle treatment only, please.

Wounds   0  0   

Posted by Alex (Cebu, Philippines) on 11/28/2009

Hi, I moved to the Philippines this year and have become father to a number of feral cats. The kittens are mostly tame now, but the feral parents are not, even though they love to be fed.

I have a question about the ears of one old male cat. Since I came in February of this year, he has been hanging around and eating fine. When I first saw him, his ears were bloody, as if in a bad fight. Well, it is 6 months later and at least one ear is half missing and a bloody stub. What can it be?

Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Ma.usa
04/08/2011
Alex, from Cebu; The older cat with no ear may have had a fight over food etc. Or it could be frost bite, if it gets very cold there(?) is there any way you can make a small shelter for them? maybe wood boxes?a few tarps to cover the boxes or a make shift tent? just to keep them in out of the freezing cold and/or heat, some grass or mainly hay where it will keep them warm. When you feed the older cats just ignore them and eventually they will come to you, if you show them affection too soon they will run away, then all is lost. I guess they sot you out for a godly reason, it means you have a great heart, these are animals that once had homes and lost trust in their owners because of abandoment issues. If you can try to feed them rich foods if not give them whatever you can, then of course you will have these kitties for life as a friend(s). Good luck and I hope you keep us informed(?) god bless you
Replied by Corinne
Summerfield, Florida, Usa
09/04/2011
The problem could be related to flies and gnats. If attracted to a sore spot on the ear, they will continue biting and feeding on the area, making it bloody. Eventually this can result in the loss of the tip of the ear. If you can treat the animal with a fly/flea repellent, like pyrethrin, it will help. You can also use plain vaseline to protect the area and some medicated powder like Gold Bond. (Using the cheaper generic brands is fine. ) Remember not to use citronella products on cats.
Replied by Jujucats
North East, Pa Usa
09/10/2011
Diamond, he's from the Philippines--I'm sure frostbite is not the issue here. Also, feral cats exist without having once had a home--your assertion that they have abandonment issues may or may not be true-sadly, some cats are born feral and remain that way. Socializing the kittens from a very early age is a great idea and very effective; however, the adult ferals are just that: feral, wild. It's wonderful that you are feeding them-if you had a humane trap you could take them to a clinic to at least have them altered before returning them to the wild-as for the ears, he was in a fight the first time you saw a bloody ear and when he returned with part of his ear(s) missing and a bloody stub, it simply means he was in a fight again. It happens. The best you can do is continue to feed them, like I said-trap them if you can (go online to find trap-neuter-release programs, they often have traps available or can show you how to make one yourself)get them fixed and just enjoy their presence when they decide to bestow it upon you. Oh, and love their offspring. You have a good heart-thanks from one cat lover to another!
Replied by Diamond
Salisbury, Usa
11/01/2011
jujucat; Thank you for your imput. I do know about wild/feral cats, I have volunteered for rescue animals for many years, animals do have their own identities/personalities, therefore they do have psychological issues with humans. I don't feel that cats were once known to have never having a home(?) maybe some kittens were not but the mother's & male cats did, and as my mother taught me, so did the mother cat to their kittens of what a home was and what it meant in trusting our human friends. When a human gets a close caption of any animal only to find they are almost as human as we are, the only thing is they cannot do as we can and thats speak. Animal's integrity goes way beyond any one's understanding, maybe too far fetched to understand.

I found and raised many a stray and feral cat colony, I found that what most of society thinks feral means vicious, rabid and/or diseased. That maybe the case with most but I took my chances and did my very best at saving these animals and giving them another chance in re-trusting humans, and that they did. The bright eyes and the expressions on these animals faces were worth a thousand words and much more. The sad stories and the happy stories are too great to share with those that have never been there to see the changes and the differences made in their lives. Life was rewarding for these pets as well as for me.Thanks....







 



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