>few shots of ivamectrin, and I've been torturing him every
>night to an ear cleaning with cotton balls and mineral oil. He
>hates this. However, I noticed in his right ear there appears to
>be a substantial clot or plug of some kind (looks like dried ***
>perhaps?) that won't budge. Since it doesn't appear to be changing
>I'm inclined to leave it be until he goes to the vet next, but
>I don't really have a clue what it is or if it is a danger to him.
call to the vet is warranted. If the plug of whatsit totally
occludes the ear canal, it could be setting him up for a royal
BTW, the best treatment I've found for ear mites is BagBalm, the
stuff in the square green can meant for chapped cow udders, and
now beloved of yuppie gardeners and quilters. Depending on where
you buy it (farm stores are cheapest, drug stores a little more
expensive, quilt stores outrageous!), it's $3.50-$8 for a 10 oz
can, of which you will use about a tablespoon in most cases.
(the rest can be used for chapped hands, windburn, etc... it's
Wipe out the cat's ear with a tissue around your littlest finger,
then put about 1/2-3/4 tsp of BagBalm in each ear. Rub the ears
a bit to get it distributed down in the ear canal. You'll get
immediate airplane ears, but probably no other reaction. Wipe
the ears out again in a few days and repeat. Probably won't take
more than 2-3 applications to kill all of the earmites. A single
application works in most cases.
It's basically vaseline + lanolin, so it's a sort of solid equivalent
of mineral oil. It also has a mild disiinfectant, sometimes useful
for minor skin infections. I suspect that the reason it works better
than mineral oil, sweet oil, etc., is that the oil is liquid enough
that the ear mites can migrate out of the ear into the fur on the
cat's head, then back again when the coast is clear. Bag Balm is
sticky enough to glue them into place, where they die.