It sounds like mites to me also. When a cat has ear mites, the ears almost always smell bad. If it looks crusty and dirty, like black or brown, on the inside of the ear you probably need to treat it before it gets too bad. You can buy treatment from a petstore, or your vet. They're not too expensive, and your can will feel much better.
I think your cat has ear mites. Watch it carefully. You might find something black in there. There are so many ways to get rid of it. Put Vicks in its ear or use another way that is very effective. Take one-fourth cup warm water and add half teaspoon of boric acid in it. Add two teaspoons of tea tree oil. Further add one-fourth cup white vinegar and only two drops of dish detergent. Soak cotton ball into this solution and then squeeze it to remove excessive solution. Now press it into its ear and take it out. It will help to remove mites from there.
I would have this cat examined by a veterinarian. The home made ear cleaner described may help prevent infection but will not treat an infection that is already active and chronic. Your veterinarian should do an ear cytology to check for ear mites and ear infection (both yeast and bacteria). They will also look down the ear canal to make sure there is not a foreign body like a foxtail, grass, or ticks in the ear canal.
Appropriate medication is needed to treat infection and continued ear cleaning will prevent relapse or reinfection.
My kitten is 4 moth old and she have a really bad smell in her ears could please someone tell me why ???
I have had it suggested that it might be mites, however, but I have dealt with mites in other cats, and none of the solutions I used to cure their problem worked. Also, I don't see any brown gunk, or the typical signs of mites. Its been a problem for several years, but has not spread to the other ear. I took her to a vet a while back, whom prescribed mite drops that didn't work, despite me using them religiously. Should I take her to a different vet, or maybe its something other than mites?
Stinky ear? I use a vinegar/water solution for this. I use one part white vinegar to 9 parts distilled water. I use an eye dropper and get in way down the tube and squeeze, not rub the ear. I then use a cotton ball to absorb the excess.
If your cat's ear smells like dirty feet, then it's probably fungal/yeast, and this works quite well. I use it two times a day for a 10 days. It usually reappears for some reason, and I just do the process again. Works well of dogs too, including between their toes.
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I can't say for cats, but both of my dogs had a similar problem. If the ear mite treatments arent working, its possible that it is a fungal infection, not mites.
Get a second opinion on this.You may need a second set of "eyes" for this. Maybe an infection of some sort. Cats ears are not supposed to smell. And keep asking till you get a proper treatment done.
Oh my god my cat has the same thing! Wow the vet gave us like ear med.. And the doctor said ear mites don't smell is that right?
My cat is on Revolution ampules again. He has been having an awful time with one of his ears...scratching, shaking his head, and it gets really hot. He's an indoor cat but had mites last year when he was an outdoor cat. I had him on Revolution for a few months and he was fine after that...no over-the-counter remedies from the pet store have been working so I got the Revolution again. You only use one ampule once a month on the back of his neck..it's good for several things, including mites. You use it for a few months to make sure the eggs die. His ear smells just awful. I am sure he didn't have that problem last time. I know I would have noticed. This is such a bad smell. I am giving the medication a week to see if he is better. I hope it's not an ear infection caused by the mites. Check out info on that medication...it's prescription and I get it from 800petmeds online..your vet will prob meet the price, though..mine does.
My kitten's ears smell odd too, it's not terrible, but it's not a good smell either. He also scratches his left ear often, which makes me thing he has a flea or something. I looked in his ears though, and everything is clear and normal looking.