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I have a kitten. When I got him, he had a lot of black wax in his ears, it looked like mites. We went to vet, and he just cleaned his ears with cotton soaked in something and said that it wasn't mites, he didn't even check the wax under microscope.

After that I see my cat scratching ears few times a day, it has like 2-3 dots of black wax in ears.

Before I got him, he lived in house and outside. What could be the reason for black wax if not mites? Is it possible that vet made a mistake? Should I take my kitten to another vet?

Thank you.

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    yes take your kitten to another vet,it sounds to me like the first vet might have done a sloppy job.cats in general do not have a lot of wax in their ears unless something is wrong,but this might very well be other things than mites so the only thing you can do is to get a second opinion from another vet. – trond hansen May 30 at 8:54
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Mites usually don't stay more than a week or two. They bite the skin to suck blood and other fluids, but this causes the skin to skab. Since mites cannot bite through the scab, they don't get enough food anymore and either starve or leave their host to find a new one. This means that ear mites are contagious!

Additionally, cats often react extremely irritated and stressed by mites and often cannot sleep because they hear the mites in their own ears.

Apart from mites, there are several more ways how cats can have thick black wax in their ears.

  • Cats and dogs excrete toxins through the skin in their ears. It could be that your cat is allergic to its food or any medication he's receiving.
  • His ears could be infected with yeast or bacteria
  • There could be polyps or other tissue growth in the ear
  • It could have had mites in the past which now causes the ears to produce more wax in general.

In any case, if the first vet didn't analyze the ear wax, you should definitely ask a second vet. The wax needs to be examined under a microscope and in a laboratory to find out which pathogen caused the infection or to exclude an infection as the cause.


A word of warning: Cats are very sensitive to problems with their ears. Should the wax or mites or whatever completely block the ears, your cat will scratch it's cheeks rather than the ears.

We have a cat who was lost for several months before comming back, teeming with all kinds of parasites, including ear mites. He scratched all the fur from both cheeks and ears. Most of the fur grew back, but he now has very thick scar tissue (because he wouldn't stop scratching, even if he had scratched himself bloody) and several polyps in his ears. He's constantly producing too much wax and we have to clean his ears regularily or he starts scratching again.

I hope it doesn't come to this for your furry friend.

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