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About three weeks ago I noticed one of my cats had a ton of gunk in one ear, and a little in the other ear. The gunk is kinda thick, and some of is is 'slimy' while the other stuff is really dry and crusty. After I noticed the problem she started scratching, and her ear started flaking off dry skin like crazy. The scratching and flaking got to the point where she was bloody inside her ear, and the flakes had caused hairmats behind her ears. (I've had to cut off the fur behind both ears)Now she just stays in her box on the bookshelf and refuses doesn't really do much of anything. Another of my cats has caught the same thing, but the cats NEVER interact with each other (they're not even on the same floor) I'm not sure if it could be mites, but it doesn't seem to really have a smell in the ear in either cat. I have five other cats who hang around the infected cats a lot, and non of them seem to have caught it. The only vet around here (We live up in the mountains - snowed in town) charges $80 just to THINK about the cat, and there's no way I can afford that as I'm going through a divorce. What is this and is there a way I could treat it at home? They're very unhappy.

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Hi Lily,

Sounds like your cats have ear mites. The cure is very simple. Here's a link that explains the easiest way to get rid of ear mites in your cats. Also I would do this a few times to make sure you get rid of the buggers. Then, when all is said and done, I would use Revolution for cats to keep the mites away from them.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5737601_rid-ear-mites.html

Good luck and take care.

Ciao, Karen

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I can give advice on cat behavior. I can help about newborn kitten care. I can help with senior cat care. I can answer questions about cat proofing a home or making it cat friendly. I can answer diet questions. I can answer home treatments questions for cats. At present I have 13 cats in home and two ferals outside. And there's always room for one more!

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I have over 40 year's experience with cats. Father was a veterinarian and I assisted him in his work. I have 15 cats at present. Most are shelter or feral rescues. I have one purebred cat. I have done cat rescues and foster care. Some thoughts to carry with you. A Cat's 10 Commandments My life is likely to last 15-20 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful. Give me time to understand what you want of me. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it. Before you swat me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could draw blood. And claws to strike back. And yet I choose not to attack you. If I don't act right then have me checked to see what is wrong. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so. Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful thing without God's critters. Pass this on.

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