Ear Mites
Natural Remedies

Ear Mite Remedies

Mineral Oil
Posted by Candice (USA) on 03/14/2007
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Hi! I just wanted to reply to my previous remedy for mineral oil. I treated our 9 cats with the oil and so far all is well! Try not to use too-too much...haha otherwise they get funky hair do's!!! haha otherwise it worked perfect thanks, and good luck!

Mineral Oil
Posted by Candice (Victorville, USA) on 02/17/2007
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Hello. I just spent my saturday morning (today) at the vets office with one of my cats. She had been shaking her head lately for the past 2 weeks; and when I looked inside her ears (at first it was only in one ear), there was reside in them resembling small coffee grounds. Two nights ago she scratched her ear raw inside one of them. So I decided it was time to take her to the vet. He went ahead and started putting the MINERAL OIL in her ear and massaging it in (via the outside of the ear, so that she wouldn't shake it all out, right away), and then he used the long, medical Q-tips to remove some debris (the blackish gunk). I helped him hold her as he did this and he notified me that this should kill of of the living ear mites and to reapply in a couple of days, because of the eggs. So its gonna be a process but apparently mineral oil is what is used by professionals. I am going to try it but kind of weary of the q-tip! yikes...I am not going to try and go too deep in the ear since I am not a professional. I hope this helps someone! I will repost again to tell you if this worked! Thanks.

Posted by Patty108 (West Midlands, Uk) on 10/15/2012

I think the yoghurt is meant to be eaten by the dog, not put in their ears. :-)

Green Tea and Olive Oil
Posted by Katie (Emporia, KS)
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I have found using green tea and olive oil will cure ear mites in cats. You first take a cotton ball and soak it in green tea to clean the ear of debris and then stand back to let the cat shake out the rest. Then you add 2-3 drops of the oil for 2 days a week and then once a week as the condition improves.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by julie f. (florida) on 03/01/2023

I"m so sorry that happened. I was thinking at this point since he may not let you treat his ears you could try Revolution... it's not natural, I know but it is effective on ear mites. you might be able to sneak onto his back at least once...it last for 30 days. But you'll need a prescription for it. Is it possible to get him into a carrier to go to the vet? or if you know a vet real well maybe the would just give you a script for it. To win him back try some extra tasty food like rotisserie chicken or small amount of tuna ...or some cat nip and bring a new super comfy bed. Don't lose hope... he will eventually come around but working on his ears may be a deal breaker for him.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Amanda (Wichita, Ks) on 09/14/2017
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Ear mites DE treatment

I've found to use a makeup brush to apply DE to dogs ears works very well, especially with animal that doesn't cooperate. Be sure to tap off brush before applying it. Doesn't take much to be effective.

Posted by Sam (Texas) on 03/02/2017

Home remedies like organic honey work the best in treating ear mites in cats.

Mineral Oil
Posted by Elizabeth (Ny) on 10/21/2016
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Ear Mites - Mineral oil has been working great for me... I don't know about hand santitizer, seems like it would be painful if it has alcohol in it

Mineral Oil
Posted by Melissa (Saskatchewan) on 01/02/2016
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If you have noticed the common remedy amongst most of the posters is an oil. It smoothers and kills the mites. Clean the ears with vet solution (it's alcohol based so it dries up) and apply a drop of warm baby oil and lightly message the cats ears. Repeat till ears are clean and no more scratching.

Mineral Oil
Posted by Michelle (Canada) on 09/26/2016

You need to take your kitty to the vet. From my experience with a dog it was inner ear infection and it's deep into the ear. A vet has to look at it. Don't forget that cats are good at hiding pain, I am sure at this point that your kitty is in a lot of pain. I wouldn't hesitate, I would try to get it seen as soon as possible.

If you have been dealing with it that long it probably needs antibiotics...

That's my take. Good luck!

Posted by Sazure (Wa) on 10/13/2018

Neem oil (and most all natural oils) is toxic to cats - they do not have the liver enzyme or metabolic enzymes as we do. As well cats have systems like camels - so any dry food harms them greatly (they derived from the desert and their intestines are designed to draw water out of the food to store it. (very simply put).

I once did research on what is in many common pet foods and it will make you well disgusted... even rubber hardeners and other nasty garbage. I use Wysong products (great and low temperature as high temperature destroys enzymes and other nutritional qualities). I add this to a raw diet along with certain home grown herbs and plants chopped and slightly wilted (warm water poured over the food) I add natural sea Vegetables as well (make sure a dog or cat search on any plants that are toxic to them. Or other products).

A great book is "The Natural Remedy Book for Dogs and Cats by Diane Stein and one can search for such other great books. I have had mine for decades and resort to it frequently. Dr. Mercola (Human MD) has great books and products for cats (dogs).

My background was in research (legal and medical) and many other areas. I went holistic as a young child after reading my mothers medical books - although her Merck manual from 1953 is full of natural remedies that work. Rx for people and pet's took over.

Mineral Oil
Posted by Trudy (Bargo, AU) on 01/11/2015

hi can someone tell me where do I get mineral oil from

Mineral Oil
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/11/2015

Hey Trudy!

You can find mineral oil at your regular drug store, and sometimes grocery stores carry it too - not hard to find. You might also consider olive oil - the cooking kind. You can crush garlic and add it to the olive oil and let it sit over night, and then use that for ears.

Mineral Oil
Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 07/31/2016

Kathryn, for over 40 years, I have always used olive oil, just a couple of drops inside ear and then massage ear to work it down and it has always worked with a return very rarely.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Cindy (Illinois, Usa) on 10/04/2018 391 posts

Are you sure it's mites?

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Teresa (Stanwood, Iowa) on 10/06/2018

To Cindy from Illinois,

Yes, I was wondering also! I thought my male shorthair had mites, he was digging at his ears and shaking his head a lot, he was miserable!

Decided a trip to the vet was necessary and found out he didn't have mites, he had a nasty yeast infection in his ears! Much better now, with ear wash prescrip, and an antifungal ear med! Poor guy!

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 04/09/2014

Hey Susan!


My first thought on reading your update was that it doesn't sound like you are dealing with ear mites as you certainly have done all the right things to get rid of mites and the symptoms persist.

My next thought is ZYMOX otic with 1% hydrocortizone, enzymatic ear solution. Google it, order it, its not spendy. The hydrocortizone helps calm the skin and the enzymes 'digest' the yeasts that may be in the ear. You should dose once per day, but you don't have to dig around and clean the ears so it is easy to use.

Hair loss around the neck and ears indicate itchy ears - usually. And your cats do have something going on with their ears so it would make sense to see this hair loss. But just in case its something way off the mark check out these sites and see if anything makes you go "Hmm...."



Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Shala (Ontario) on 08/25/2014

My main coon was losing fur in spots and he had a bladder infection and a cheap diet. Some anti biotics and good food and he was all Better! Good luck

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Adam (Denver, Colorado) on 10/25/2016

This is for the lady with the balding Maine Coon...... Diatomaceous earth is generally safe for use on pets, so long as it is food grade. BUT, some cat breeds are more sensitive to certain treatments, especially when they are used long term. Maine Coons, Persians and Himalayan breeds are especially sensitive. I would suggest cutting out the DE for now. Second, loss of hair to that extent and at such a rapid pace points to secondary health problems. These can include, but are not limited to ringworm infection, vitamin deficiency, diabetes, mange, or allergic reaction to something in his environment or on his skin. Take him to a vet and get him looked at to determine what exactly is going on.

Soaked Tobacco
Posted by Altaz (Regina, Sk, Canada) on 03/28/2012
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The vet here charges an arm and a leg for just walking through the door, so if he's not dying he's not going. Is a completely indoor cat. I tried the usual home remedies online and nothing worked. So I came up with an even better home remedy that worked.

Soak pure tobacco (buy online) in about 100 ml of water for half an hour, and strain out the tobacco with a coffee filter. Use an eyedropper to squirt in the cat's ear and massage the ear afterward.

Worked extremely well.

Garlic in Olive Oil
Posted by Wilby 2011 (Albany, Oregon) on 10/16/2011
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I used a recipe from this great site for my eight year old Cat, who was starting to grow an ear mite infection. I have started the steps, using the Garlic with Grapeseed oil, and his ear is getting better. I need to go to the second treatment, yellow dock root extract, 9 drops with a Tbsp. Of water. Every three days for six weeks.

I will keep you posted. Wilby the happier Cat

Hand Sanitizer
Posted by Carol (Zeigler, IL United States) on 09/02/2009

Ear Mites: I noticed yesterday that my indoor/outdoor cat was flicking his ear and holding his head down. When I looked, he had a lot of "crud" in there! I started checking the internet for home remedies and found this site with lots of different options that I had never heard of!! Like many, I can't afford a vet bill, but don't want my cat to be in distress. I am going to try the hand sanitizer first (I hope I don't have to try something else, but...) I put a couple drops on my finger and rub it in his ear as much as he would let me. Would it be ok to put a couple drops right into his ear? And how often a day and for how many days? I will definitely visit this site when other remedies are needed! It was very informative and helpful for remedies as well as things that are dangerous to my cat. Thanks for all the valuable info!!

Hand Sanitizer
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc, Canada) on 12/07/2014

Hi, Shay --- turmeric powder works like a charm, too.

Namaste , Om

Olive Oil and Peppermint Oil
Posted by Atomiconion (Montgomery, Alabama) on 08/26/2011

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.

Posted by Suseeq (Sydney Australia) on 08/03/2017

Ear mites - a couple of drops olive oil in ears work down with fingers the oil smothers the mites

Green Tea
Posted by Serbella (Saint Louis, Missouri ) on 04/17/2009
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Green Tea and Ear Mites:

My other kitten, Coyote, is about two and a half months old. Last night I noticed that he was moping around, so I picked him up and looked him over. The inside of his right ear was encrusted with the nastiest looking brown crap I have ever seen. I brewed a tea tag of green tea in a clean, empty baby food jar, took several cotton balls and carefully cleaned his ears out. I noticed that deep inside his ears was really cruddy looking, but I was afraid to probe down there with a Q tip, so I squeezed some green tea down there and allowed him to shake it out. I did both ears, but the right ear was worse.

I decided that if he didn't clear up we were going to the vet ASAP. The next morning I examined the little fella (had to pull him away from beating his mother up) and his left ear looked very clean. His left ear, which didn't get as much green tea, was now looking a little worse.

I warmed up the green tea I had left over from the night before and again carefully cleaned both ears out, treated the left ear just as equally as the right. I dripped green tea down inside both ears and waited while Coyote fussed and shook his ears out.

I've read that olive oil mixed with a little garlic works to kill the mites. I might try that. I also know that the ears need to be treated an entire month, because of the eggs. I have a bottle of that Mitricide but it states that it is not to be used on kittens younger than 12 weeks old. Coyote is ten weeks old. Might not make much of a difference, but I've had some bad experiences with meds that were vet prescribed, and I decided not to take the chance. There's a reason that caution was put on the bottle.

Ear Mites and People
Posted by Artie (Queens, NY) on 02/25/2009

Can Canine Ear Mites Get under Human Skin?

My friend's Rottweiller has ear mites and 3 vets tried to treat her but she wouldn't let them -- (this is what I'm told?) but she's such a sweet dog and I roughhouse with her almost every day and I've broke out in a rash and I feel a crawling sensation and tunnels on my hands AND my ears are being bitten-up. OF COURSE NO DOCTOR WILL EVEN LOOK but only gave me topical medication for scabies - AND I DO NOT HAVE SCABIES.

My question is: is it possible I got infected by canine ear mites? All this stuff sounds crazy to me but it's the only thing that makes any sense. I'd appreciate whatever help I can get and thanks so much! Artie G.

Ear Mites and People
Posted by Bev (Mt. Juliet, TN USA) on 04/14/2009

Black walnut hulls in the form of drops is effective on parasites, about 7 drops per day in a small glass of water for 3-4 weeks. I learned about this from a holographic health practitioner.

Ear Mites and People
Posted by Utahowl (Salt Lake City, Utah Usa) on 02/18/2012

Replying to Artie G: Yes, humans can get mites from their dogs, cats or bunnies. My friend got a terrible infestation that gave her a huge immune reaction - hives & itchy rash in multiple places. You need to STAY AWAY from that dog (sorry! ) for at least 3 weeks because that's how long the eggs take to hatch & then die. Cheyletiella - check out http://veterinarynews.dvm360.com/dvm/Dermatology/Cheyletiella-the-under-diagnosed-mite/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/363975

Olive Oil, Garlic Oil
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 09/10/2022

Yes! Garlic oil for dog earache.

How to make:

How to Make and Use Garlic Oil for Ear Infections https://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-articles/garlic-oil-for-ear-infections/

Also, Gentian Violet diluted down to 0.5% with water works excellent for fungal infections in the ears for both human and animals. By I think it may be banned in Australia…. But double check me on that.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Amazon Thyrteen (Fresno, CA, USA) on 11/09/2008

First of all I want to say "NEVER" try anything on your pets you won't try on yourself. I won't give anything to my pets that I wouldn't take myself. The best rule of thumb is use human grade (whatever)you're using on your pets! I've noticed a lot of comments on Diatomaceous Earth. I would like to say that the only grade that is good for animals is the same grade that humans use, Freshwater, food-grade DE. If it doesn't state on the package that it is certified, food grade then you don't want to give it to your pets, period! I also noticed that on this site someone mentioned the use of "Neem Oil" it is a really good oil to use that is 100% natural. If anyone is interested in finding out more about Neem Oil go to, www.organixsouth.com or call 1-888-989-Neem(6336). This oil is good for human use also for dry skin and scalp treatments. The one that I use is Thera Neem ,skin soothing 100% pure cold pressed. I'm one of their customers and have no affiliation with this company and I'm not getting anything for this endorsement, this is just great stuff!

Posted by Jacqueline G. (Canada) on 09/18/2016

The wobbles are suggestive of inner ear damage affecting his balance. Please seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.

Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/31/2017

Hello Janet,

ACV is great for the ears, but will sting ears that are sore from being scratched. Consider using garlic infused olive oil, or other remedies for ear mites first: https://www.earthclinic.com/pets/ear_mites.html.

Grapefruit Seed Extract
Posted by Stephani (Tallahassee, FL) on 09/25/2008
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to Delores in Hobe Sound - ear mites:

09/22/2008: Dolores from Hobe Sound, Florida writes: "What is the formula for ACV? My cat has eye problems and also ear mites. I use a commerical ear cleaner but they keep coming back. I hate putting her through the ear cleaning so often."

I have used NutriBiotic ear drops with tea tree oil & grapefruit seed oil in my dogs & cats ears. They had a lot of scratching and black gunk (i think that is from mites). Their ears are clear now. I got the drops at vitamin shoppe, but you can find them online too. Hope this helps.

Posted by Lisa (Theodore, Alabama) on 08/28/2008

While I have used Ivomec in the past to (succesfully) prevent heartworms in larger dogs, I have never attempted the ear mite remedy here described. Also, at this time I am the owner of a guinea pig sized "dog" whose tiny weight makes me apprehensive to attempt the application of Ivomec to protect his tiny self from heartworms. A chart would be GREATLY appreciated!

Posted by Linda (South Bend, IN) on 10/28/2008

I would like the Ivomec chart that Linda (BertsBabe2008) talked about Thanks so much.

Posted by Joanna Wessel (Grand Haven, MI, USA) on 02/21/2009

i would love the chart also. can you use the paste and if so can you mix it with water or somthing else?

Posted by Carol (Castle Rock, Washington) on 03/21/2010

this is in response to Yea of 07-11-2008

They suggested Ivomec for ear mites.1/2cc per ear. I got a generic brand of the same thing at the feed store for $37.00. The brand name is almost 50.00. It did in fact all 4 of my dogs ear mites that did in fact spread really quickly. After using the Ivomec the next day I put 2 drops of mineral oil in each ear because mites deposit droppings that can cause other infections. The mineral oil helps to clean out the ear canal an keep it clean it also soothes the red ears that the mites caused in the first place.

Posted by Samantha (Sarasota, FL) on 04/19/2008
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Well yesterday my cats ear swelled up. She had been lying around for about 2-3 days. Kind of depressed. For a small time before that every so often she would scratch her ears. Im in my early 20's and this is my first cat. Though its like she had always been there. Anyway, so yesterday her left ear swelled up . I called a emergency vet because it happened to be later on the weekend. But I really couldn't afford a emergency vet visit. So I went to the store and I bought Hartz Guard w/ Aloe. But first I put a small amount of Hydrogen Peroxide in a dropper to clean out the ear wax (which the mites feed off of.) So I put the peroxide in her ears and massaged it and then used a cotton ball. The cotton ball thing is alot more difficult then it sounds!! After administering that I gave her some time because if anybody has ever had peroxide in their ears you know it starts crackling as it eats the ear wax. Then I put one drop of the Hartz on the outer part and 5 drops on the inner, because she is a runt and under 15 pounds. It tells you on the back how much based on their weight. But it is a pesticide so I advise against putting too much in the ear. Well that was last night so we went to bed and this morning she's not 100% but she's up running around holding her head up. She seems happy again. Now I know what I need to do and how frequently. Please don't be as ignorant as I was to let it get that bad. We all love our kitties or we wouldn't be here. I got the idea for the peroxide off of this site. Because it was so late I had to go to Wal-Mart and all they had was the Hartz and no cleaning solution I needed something so thanks!

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