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Dear Christopher Cat

My cat scratches her ears. How do I know if she has ear mites?

Christopher Responds

Take her to her veterinarian, who will use an otoscope to examine her ear canals.

If she has ear mites, your veterinarian will see black, granular debris that resembles coffee grounds. Ear mites themselves are too tiny to be seen without a microscope.
When the debris is examined under the microscope, the ear mites and sometimes their eggs are visible.

Once the diagnosis is made, your veterinarian will clean the debris from your cat’s ears and recommend appropriate treatment to kill the mites.

While I’ve never had ear mites, I have had fleas, and they made my ears itchy.

So make an appointment this week, because no cat should have to live with itchy ears.

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