Ear Mites in a Kitten

Dr. Neely,

I have recently purchased a 4 month old kitten from a local pet store. He stays inside, I would like to know the proper way to clean the inside of his ears. There appears to be a little dirt inside. Thank you Tammy

Hi, Tammy,

If it is only wax, you can take cotton balls dampened with warm water and clean each ear out on a daily basis until they no longer show dirt each day.

However, if the kitten has ear mites, you need to know that and treat for ear mites. My advice is to have them looked at by a vet who will prescribe the appropriate treatment for ear mites if necesssary.

Thank you for writing,
Dr. Neely

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