Treat Gently If It Itches: Home Remedies for Mites

Your cat is annoyed by nasty little parasites? Mites and fleas in cats are unpleasant – but you don’t have to use the chemical club! Well-tried home remedies and homeopathy also work wonders for ear mites in cats.

Home Remedies for Mites

  • In the event of a mite infestation, action must be taken quickly;
  • Various home remedies will help eliminate the parasite population;
  • The animal’s surroundings must also be cleaned thoroughly.

Treatment of Mites in Kittens

Mites are extremely uncomfortable for the kitten. Annoying parasites such as the autumn grass mite cause irritation on the cat’s skin, which is accompanied by severe itching and can cause bald spots in the fur. Also, the condition can be long-lasting if not dealt with quickly. If your cat is infested with mites, so-called spot-on preparations are often used. But there is another way: The following home remedies help reliably and without chemicals.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar with water is one of the most effective and mildest home remedies against mites in cats. The one-to-one mixture is applied to the affected areas with a cloth – and not rinsed off. One treatment takes place in the morning and one in the evening.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains a medium-chain fatty acid called lauric acid. The fat is imperceptible to humans and animals – insects, on the other hand, are extremely sensitive to it. If the infected areas are rubbed with coconut oil, the cats quickly run away from the infecting parasites. The oil also has an antimicrobial effect. Eggs that have already been laid also die. Consuming coconut oil with food also helps. The defensive substances get directly into the blood.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is said to have a similar effect to coconut oil. In addition, it helps to relieve the symptoms of skin irritation. Castor oil is particularly effective in combination with a baby or even coconut oil.

Are Cat Mites Transmitted to Humans?

First of all, mites don’t make a big difference between humans, dogs, and cats. If you keep animals in the household, the parasites can also spread to humans. However, the small arachnids quickly notice that they will not be happy there. Human skin, which is only slightly hairy, is not the ideal habitat for small parasites. Should they stay with the human host for a longer period of time, this will be noticeable through slight skin irritation.

Our recommendation: prevention is the best protection against mites!

Ideally, the beloved velvet paw does not get any mites at all. With a few tricks cat owners can reduce the risk as much as possible:

  • A healthy, species-appropriate diet without grains and additives strengthens the immune system;
  • Parasite eggs are quickly identified and removed through regular grooming;
  • Cats susceptible to ear mites, as well as elderly or debilitated animals, receive regular ear irrigation with one of the home remedies mentioned above;
  • Cat blankets, pillows, and favorite places should be cleaned regularly;
  • Coconut oil should be added to the feed regularly.
Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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