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Olive Oil and Peppermint Oil  

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Posted by Anne G. (Milton, VT) on 06/02/2009
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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!

Replied by Atomiconion
Montgomery, Alabama
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.

Olive Oil, Vitamin E and Yellow Dock  

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Posted by Ala (tucson, arizona) on 06/04/2007
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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!

Replied by Sandi
Victoria, Canada
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!
Replied by Michelle
Montreal, Canada
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
Replied by Jeanette
Texas, US
Vitamin E is one of the safest supplements you can take. It will not hurt your cat.

Pure Aloe Vera Gel  

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Posted by Deb (Des Moines, Iowa) on 04/04/2007
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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.

Rubbing Alcohol  

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Posted by Wild Horse 10 (Pie Town, New Mexico) on 01/08/2010
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I remember finding kittens as a young person, new in a first apartment with a friend, we found these two kittens and took them in, they had ear mites, and we used alcohol drops in the ears, rubbed them and cleaned them out with q-tips, carefully and as the kittens shook their heads we kept cleaning and adding more after it dried. we only had to do this the one time. it went on over three hours though. a long time in a bathroom. the kittens were also bathed with dish soap. now I am hearing Olive Oil, lets be frank it has been a few years since we did this. now I have two new kittens and so far i can see the mite dirt but they do not scratch the ears or shake their heads and such to demonstrate they have them. I am going to give them both, olive oil and rubbing alcohol tx just to make sure.

Replied by Blue On The Go
Chicago, Illinois, Usa
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I think many of the suggestions on this thread are very helpful. As with the Tea Tree Oil, Borax needs to be used with caution! Especially as cats groom themselves so there's a high likelihood that they will ingest the stuff. Borax is even considered to be toxic by the EPA when ingested. Obviously diluted amounts are less toxic, but since dialysis is the only method for rescuing a cat that has too much exposure to Borax, I would highly recommend a lot of thought before resorting to Borax. The vaseline and vegetable oil are meant to smother the mites.


Posted by Johanna (Oklahoma, US) on 11/22/2014

My 10 year old half boxer, half jack russel recently started having these "spells." This is the order and characteristics of each one.

1. Panting

2. Stumbling

3. Mild head jerking

4. Confusion

After each one of these 30-minute events, she would go the kitchen and clean out any left over dog or cat food. Then she would appear fine. Vet visits showed she was in good health...with her thyroid a bit low. We tried prozac, thinking it might be anxiety attacks, with no relief so we weaned her off. We started her on thyroid meds and her general overall well being improved, but the attacks came regularly throughout the day. I gave her 12.5 benedryl and it helped...but it kept her sleepy, and she was getting weaker. I was at my wits end!!! It looked like I was going to have to put my sweet Tuffie down. I noted one day, she was occasionally shaking her head...not often, but I did notice it. It occurred to me she could have ear mites.

I treated her for ear mites and she literally stopped the attacks overnight! Am I crazy? Have you all heard of such a thing?

Replied by Theresa Donate

Mpls., Mn
Hey Johann!

What you describe sounds *exactly* like seizures. It is possible there are mites as well, but some seizures show up as head shaking.

Is there a reason your vet has not prescribed seizure meds? I understand that some folks would like to avoid any kind of drug, but you do have a senior with creeping up on high miles; a seizure medication from the vet may quite improve his quality of life.

As you saw, after a seizure your dog is very hungry; some sugar will help after a seizure - either sugar water, honey water, corn syrup or vanilla ice cream in a pinch.

In my limited experience, seizures that crop up in an older animal tend to just get worse. If this were my dog I would see the vet and discuss medications - and take a look/see for ear mites. I would also look at the environment to check for contaminants, and avoid feeding any food that contains rosemary, along with any type of food dye, or grains.

If seeing the vet is out of the question at this time and you find 'coffee grounds' in your dog's ears, then check out EC's remedies for ear mites:

Replied by Debbie
Portslade, Uk
If a good remedy for ear mites is needed

Thornit ear powder is really good and has been around for many years.



Posted by Mike (New Orleans, LA) on 05/24/2009
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I used 3 parts vaseline and one part sulfur on the outside of my cat's ears. The cat wiped all of it off including the scabs. When it would shake it's head blood flew. I thought there must be a better way so I'm considering a sulfur water/olive oil solution injected into the ear with an eye dropper. I'm wondering if the sulfur powder is a good idea and if so what are the ratios.... Mike

Tea Tree Oil  

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Posted by Jacque (Shingletown, Ca) on 08/09/2009

EAR MITES IN CATS: I have adopted ferral cats and have fought ear mites for the last three years, non stop. I have used all of the vet prescribed, guarenteed remedies out there. Nothing has been succesful, the whole colony could not be treated. I have learned to make friends with the animal first before attemepting TX. which has prolonged the nasty infection in my other pets.

Washing your hands or wearing gloves and changing inbetween patients is critical to prevent cross contaimination. My vet also said it was excellent to use tea tree oil for it's anti viral property. I'm glad to find this web site and am excited to go research the essential oil toxicity and the Diatmaceous earth cutting action from "glass" byproduct. Meanwhile I'll be hitting the pantry!. Jacque

Replied by D.d.
Morristown, N.j.
I used, for ear mites, diatomaceous earth (food grade) mixed with mineral oil, used cotton ball and spread it all around ear flap. Used diatomaceous earth under the opening of the ear. For pain, in the ear, I used an holistic approach. Got it in the drug store, contains Chamomilla, and Merc Sol, and used it sparingly in the ear for relieving pain, as it soothes and calms the animal.

Posted by Jillyan (Cleveland, OH) on 09/27/2006
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I have for years used tea tree oil as a cure-all for skin ailments as well as wounds. I foolishly thought that tea tree oil would be a good preparation for my cat's ears that were scratched raw from ear mites. It seemed to help the skin, BUT I found out a few days ago (check any website!) that tea tree oil, which contains phenols (as does its neighbor, turpentine!) is very toxic to cats because they do not possess the enzymes to metabolize it, so it is stored in the liver, and can cause irreparable damage over time. I was SO shocked by this, I thought all cat guardians fond of "organic" and "natural" remedies should be made aware of the toxicity to cats of tea tree oil. Great for humans, DEADLY for cats! Thanks & best wishes.

Ted's Mange Cure  

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Posted by Betsy (Litchfield, CT) on 01/05/2008
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I tried the peroxide-borax remedy: Day 1. Dear Ted, In desperation searching for Hartz Mt. ear mite medicine, the best over-the-counter for cats I've found, I went to 10 stores but there was a run on the stuff! I turned to the web,found your site and read about the ear mite control. Bought the stuff, mixed it up, bathed my poor old cat's ears which were hairless on the outside, bad looking with the bloody stuff inside. So far on Day 1, this treatment has brought Nicki instant relief. She has been sleeping with her ear up for some days now, unable to go into deep sleep mode due to the ear mites. Right now she's in a deep sleep, all curled up like normal. I found all ingredients quickly in my small town but could not find Hartz Mt. ear miticide in faraway larger town after 3 hr. of searching. Thank you! Will let you know as things progress but so far, Day One is going well.

Replied by Missy
Toronto, Ontario
Please, I have searched and searched and I still cannot find Ted's ear mite formula using the borax & H2o2 method.
I have read this lengthly mange cure on another site that was written by Ted, but I just can't understand it.

Why? Because it's for mange and you have to bath the dog/cat in it.


I have spent a fortune at the vet using Milbemite and Revolution over the past year. My poor little cat still has those nasty bugs.....I just had the vet put her 5th application of Milbemite in her ears last week and she still scratches and shakes her head. So please, I beg you, would you please post an easy to follow formula for the ear mites rather than the lengthly mange formula for bathing.

|Thank you.
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Toronto, Ontario
Please, I have searched and searched and I still cannot find Ted's ear mite formula using the borax & H2o2 method.
I have read this lengthly mange cure on another site that was written by Ted, but I just can't understand it.

Why? Because it's for mange and you have to bath the dog/cat in it.


I have spent a fortune at the vet using Milbemite and Revolution over the past year. My poor little cat still has those nasty bugs.....I just had the vet put her 5th application of Milbemite in her ears last week and she still scratches and shakes her head. So please, I beg you, would you please post an easy to follow formula for the ear mites rather than the lengthly mange formula for bathing.

|Thank you.
Replied by Missy
Toronto, Ontario
I found the answer on another site for the Ear Mites simple formula.

One part 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and 2 parts water equals a 1% solution.
The 2 parts water dilutes the 3% H2o2 solution to a 1% H2o2 solution.
Store in a sealed glass container. Pour out enough of the 1% H2o2 solution for
one treatment into a separate shot glass.
Now put add in a little borax until it won't dissolve any more and you're done.
Use an eye dropper to pour into Kitty's or Dogs ears. Throw the contents of the
shot glass away. If you need to re-administer, use the stored 1% H2o2 in the
same manner as above. Keep in mind, if it's more than a mth old, throw it out
and make a fresh batch of 1% H2o2.

Posted by Andre (New York, USA) on 10/23/2007
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Update: two weeks later. Kal romps around now without his collar, the mites are still there, as I see a small amount of residue, but clearly they are on the way out. Many thanks to Ted at for his latest suggestions on using a more concentrated dose of H2O2 (hydrogen Peroxide) for the finish. .. Are there any other suggestions esp. re: diet to finish the ear mites? Maybe the drier air helped ..

Posted by Andre (New York, USA) on 09/29/2007
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I tried the oil based treatments, actually using coconut oil since I heard it has antiseptic properties, and hdrogen peroxide. This only slowed down the ear mites. After a couple of weeks of this, I started with a mix of Borax (20 Mule Team), hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and a little Dr Bronner soap. After just two days the mites are disappearing. To prevent my cat from lcking off his wet fur, that I allow to dry naturally as indicated, I got him a collar. See his picture on Fickr, tag: ear.mite.cure.for.cats, or go directly to the page at

Thanks a lot, Ted and everyone else here! nycandre

Replied by Ted Donate

Bangkok, Thailand
388 Posts
Thanks for the information! The Dr. Bronner soap has the lavender and tea tree oil that I always like. So its great you use it. The house should lightly be sprayed with some borax solution or sprinkled borax powder if possible to prevent reinfection. You can also use a small amount of borax, and sprinkle it like a talcum powder on the localized area. Not only the borax kills them, the powder also cause the insects to be suffocated. Those are optional.
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Pasadena, Ca
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New Florence, Pa
Hey, what about dogs? I keep reading about cats but what about dogs?

EC: Please see Ted's mange cure for dogs here:

Posted by Suzy (St. Paul, Minnesota) on 03/16/2007
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I really appreciate all the great advice I've gathered from reading your site. But, if I had used the remedies that are recommended specifically for ear mites, I would have severely annoyed my cat and myself and she would still be scratching. Thank goodness I made the association between ear mites in cats and mange in dogs and used Ted's wonderful mange cure. (My mixture was 2 parts apple cider vinegar, to 1 part hydrogen peroxide, and 1 part Borax; diluted in a gallon or so of water) And it worked like an absolute charm. Bathing a cat is never fun, but the next day her incessant scratching had stopped and has not returned. What a wonderful gift this man has given to animal lovers and caretakers around the world! Thank you so much Ted, for sharing and proliferating your extremely useful knowledge in the way that you have. And I'm sure there are millions of small four-legged creatures who no longer have itchy and infectious skin that are singing your praises as well. Thanks again.

Replied by NYCandre
New York, USA
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Remedy for ear mites in cats: Borax and Peroxide -- YES! Just thinking in gratitude to Suzy whose reading got me started trying her remedy (and variations of, after many unsuccessful other attempts). My cat is now still mite free, though at times I have done a quick clean-up, especially when I see him scratch. From Suzy's post: (search for borax and hydrogen peroxide) "Thank goodness I made the association between ear mites in cats and mange in dogs and used Ted's wonderful mange cure. (My mixture was 2 parts apple cider vinegar, to 1 part hydrogen peroxide, and 1 part Borax; diluted in a gallon or so of water) And it worked like an absolute charm."

Replied by Julie
Coventry, England
I run a canine hydrotherapy pool and have come into contact with thousands of dogs over many years.Every dog who has suffered ear mites i recommend Thornit Powder.I first discovered its miraculous powers when my dog Monty (SADLY NO LONGER ALIVE)had ear mites. I spent a fortune at the vets and still he woke me at night crying and scratching at his ear.I had previously heard of Thornit powder from a client and out of desperation, i tryed it. A tiny amount placed in the ear for 5 days and hey presto no more ear mites.It works like magic. Monty gained relief from the 1st application and when asked if he wanted Thornit would lie down of his own free will. Dogs are so clever at knowing what heals them. I have recommended this wonderful cure to hundreds of clients, who like myself, had wasted their money at the vets, and everyone has found blessed relief. Thornit also works for wet eczema,itching of the body and one of my clients even cured her rabbits mange. I don't know if this product is available in u.s.a.if your pet shop does not stock it, i may be able to help. I thank God for this ancient and miraculous cure.
Replied by Diane
Roosevelt, Utah
You say two Parts Apple Cider Vinegar, one part peroxide, one part borax mixed in a Gallon of water, but what size part are you using, 1/2 cup 1/4 cup or just tablespoons? I don't know what measurement to start with
Replied by Darlene
Armstrong, BC, Canada
When you say 2 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part borax to a gallon of water. How much is 1 part?


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Posted by Katie on 11/30/2006
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Well I first started with the suggestion of using drops of Vegetable oil to loosen up the infection in my cats ears. Massaged it in, let her shake, then used cotton swabs and balls to clean the ear. After that I proceeded with rubbing the vaseline in her ear with my finger and not really down into the upper canal. I let her be and now her ears hurt even more and she's really groggy and miserable. I don't know where I went wrong, if she has an allergy to any of the products, or something else. Her ears are really really pink and she's just now in alot of pain. Should I wait it out or bring her to the vet immediately? I've never seen her more miserable in my life, it really saddens me... I need help!

Replied by Rosie7
Seattle, Washington
Take your pet to the vet! Really, if your child were sick or crying with an ear infection would you be sitting here debating on online forum whether or not to go to the doctor? Honestly, I cannot believe the responses on this board. As a temporary measure to ease the pain and swelling, pick up a some ear drops (i.e. anything with vegetable glycerine, mullein, or plantain) until your vet's office opens and then GO DIRECTLY TO YOUR VET!!! Many veterinarians use homeopathic and herbal remedies as a complement to their year's of study, expertise and knowledge and scientifically founded treatments. You people are not qualified to gamble with your pet's health and wellbeing.
Replied by Ruthann
Butternut, Wisconsin
Lady I don't know what you are talking about I have 14 cats Yes 14 used to be 10 until I found four abandoned little kittens that were loaded with mites so thick it was so hard it was like little rocks in there and when I put vegtable oil in there and loosened it they shook there heads and it sounded like gravel hitting the counter I had them on..... Now for the last 2 days with the vegetable oil its not as itchy and there a lot more relieved with there ears. If your the kind that run to the doctor every time your kid is sick you or your husband must have HUGE BILLS!!!! You try home remedies first they do work if you know what you are doing!!!

Posted by Lee (Boone, NC) on 09/21/2006
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I have a cat that will not allow me to put any kind of liquid into his ears. Even if somebody holds him down for me, he's too strong and goes nuts when the liquid hits his ears. I've found the best way is to rub vaseline inside his ears while petting him. He doesn't seem to notice, and even when he does, he doesn't mind too much. It seems to work almost instantly suffocating the mites. After one application, he stops scratching, but I do it each day for a week until I'm sure they're gone.

Replied by Heather
Springfield, Va
Wow, that's a great idea; since Vaseline IS essentially mineral oil, only in a jelly form and thus would seem to stay in better than a liquid oil. I wonder why I have not heard this before? The only thing is that an oil would probably go down into the canal -where the mites hide- better. Once they get way down in the inner ear, they are impossible to treat. I have tried Acarexx, yellowdock, mineral oil and none are working. Strangely, my oldest cat, who is isolated in one room by himself, has the worst case. He has no contact with other cats or the outdoors, so clearly he got it from me (my clothing or hands-- yuck!!). He has renal disease and is not reacting well to the Acarexx- will not eat and balance is way off (likely from the mites being pushed deeper into the ear). If no improvement tomorrow, I will have to take him to the vet. I am on my way to the store for tuna and/or chicken in the hopes that he will eat that. Anyone else have a cat who reacts this way to Acarexx?? All my other cats are fine and ears seem to be improving.

Vegetable Oil  

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Posted by Debby (Elko, Nevada) on 09/15/2007
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Hi! I have two cats and my daughter has one. She didn't know her cat had ear mites when she moved into our home. Now I have to deal with all 3 of them having ear mites. I tried cat mite medicine from a store, plus the one called Adams. All it did was make my cats very sick and their ears heated up, and became irritated!! I was at my wits end when I thought I would look up about ear mites on-line. I was so happy to hear about your natural remedies!! I have been using vegetable oil,' for the past 3 days and it seems to be working!! If it doesn't clear them all the way up, I am going to try some of your other remedies. I like the vegetable oil, because it doesn't irritate their ears, and doesn't make them vomit. (the other remedies from the store made them vomit and run fevers.) They don't seem to be scratching as much with the vegetable oil either. It is a battle though putting it into two of the cats ears, as they don't like anything in their ears. Thank you so much for helping me deal with these pesky mites who seem never to leave!! Now maybe my cats and me can get some rest!! Thanks again. I will write more to let you know how they're doing. Thanks again!!