Symptoms of ear mites in cats can range from mild ear irritation to constant itching, scratching, and head shaking. In most cases, ear mite infection will also cause thick dark wax buildup and debris in the ears.
Symptoms of Ear Mites in Cats
Some cats are extremely sensitive to ear mite infection and they may have an intense reaction to even a mild case. These cats often have symptoms which include constant head shaking, scratching at the ears, and rubbing the ears with their paws. The ears may also acquire a constant tilt down or to the side. With time, constant scratching will lead to hair loss around the ears and the formation of ear hematomas where the tissue in the ears separate and blood begins to collect in the open pockets.
Other cats can have severe ear mite infections, but they have almost no symptoms. However, whether or not a cat reacts to ear mite infection with continual itching, ear mites will cause a drastic buildup of dark was and debris to occur in the ears. The excessive wax is due to the ear mites’ effect on the inside of the ears. As the movement of the mites irritates the sensitive lining of the ears, the ear responds by producing more wax in order to protect the ear.
If ear mites are not treated, secondary infections can occur in the ear. These infections can include yeast infections and skin infections that occur as a result of constant scratching around the ear. Most pet owners will notice these infections as a foul odor coming from the ear, blood and puss around and in the ear, and areas in and around the ear that are red and inflamed.