Cat ear-mite infections are treatable with prescription medication applied directly in the ear or with topical medications applied on the skin. It is important to take a cat to a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis before any treatment is administered.
Ear mites are highly contagious and can spread easily from pet to pet in or outside the home, but routine cleaning helps alert owners to early problems. Ear mites have been known to cause excessive scratching and head shaking, which can result in blood vessels rupturing in a cat's ear. This often requires surgery to repair, so it is important to take the cat to the veterinarian at the first sign of an infestation.