Ear mites affect both dogs and cats. However, the most common victim of ear mite infestations are kittens. Ear mites are microscopic creatures. Under the microscope, they resemble a tick. These little creatures will set up residence inside the kitten’s ear canal. The mites crawl around inside the ear causing the kitten constant irritation. The most common symptom the kitten will show is constant scratching and digging at its ears. The kittens will also shake their heads a lot. Ear mites feed on the dead skin, so they don’t cause damage to the ear. However, due to the constant scratching, the kitten can cause damage. So, you can see inflammation in the ears as well. The other most common symptom is a black debris build-up that has a gritty quality. It has a consistency similar to sand. This build-up is essentially mite waste.
Ear mites do not infest humans. However, as I said, they will infest both dogs and cats. It is common to have more than one animal in the household affected. The treatment is simple and involves thoroughly cleaning the ears and applying medication. It is important to consult your veterinarian for treatment.