How To Spot Mites On Cats

The two mite species most commonly infesting cats are cat mange mites and ear mites.

cat with mites
cat with mites

Cat mange mites

Cat mange mites or notoedric mange in cats is caused by the mite Notoedres cati. Cat mange not only affects cats but can also be transmitted to humans. These mites burrow into the superficial layers of the skin and the clinical signs include formation of tortuous skin folds, mild or severe hair loss, intense pruritus, scaling and excoriations, mainly on the face and ears. In chronic condition, weight loss, fever and extensive hair loss are reported.

Ear mites

Ear mites in cats caused by Otodectes cynotis are a highly contagious condition and affects the external ear canal of cats.  Usually, these mites are spread from queens to their kittens, but these mites can also spread with contaminated combs, brushes, bedding, and grooming accessories. The common clinical signs observed in cats infested with ear mites include intense ear scratching, head shaking, and bleeding wounds of ear pinna due to repeated scratching with the claws. These mites are accountable for 50% or more of feline otitis external cases.


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