Signs that your cat may have ear mites include scratching at the ears, red or inflamed ears or black debris in the ears. Cats at risk are those who are around stray cats or infected cats. Mites can transfer between cats through licking and grooming or sleeping and playing together.
Otodectes Cynotis is commonly known as ear mites which is a parasite that lives on the skin in the ear canal. It feeds on ear wax and the oils within the ear. Ear mites are transmitted through other cats who are infected. It is contagious to other animals but not humans. Ear mites can not be seen by the naked eye; but, these mites can be seen microscopically. If not treated, ear mites can cause a secondary infection due to the ear scratching. Applying an otic or topical antiparasitic such as Milbemite, Ivermectin, Tresaderm, and Revolution Plus may be used as treatment.