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Hello I will appreciate any advice. My 14 week old kitten scratches his ears and shakes his head a lot. His ears are balding and he even made little puncture wounds that are now scabs. He just finished his 3 week Ivermectin treatment for what the vet thinks he has (sarcoptic mange). Its going on week 4 now and he still scratches and shakes his head. I have him in a cone right now so he won't do any further damage.
I have noticed he scratches mostly just after waking and during play sessions when he gets particularly excited. Is there any pattern to this?
Ear mites came up negative. Ear wax builds up quickly after cleaning. The vet said I shouldn't worry about cleaning his ears but the vet assistant said I should clean his ears daily. Could it be allergies? I feel so bad for him

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My first response would have been ear mites as my sweet boy Oscar had a severe case of it when we first got him but I see you said it was negative for them. I cant say what it might be. If no improvement I would be calling the Vet. You can imagine how uncomfortable it would be. I hope you get an answer soon.
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My thoughts were on ear mites when I first read your post. Since those are negative..perhaps an ear infection? I would have your vet do a more in-depth examination.
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well i brought him back to the vet where they tested him for a yeast and bacteria infection. the vet said the test showed he had some of both so i was given the drops. (i'm wondering if they're just trying to get my money. i didn't think to ask to see the results myself.. if i were to understand them anyway)
whenever i mentioned allergies, she kept saying how unlikely it is that a kitten at this young of age has allergies to food. however, i have stopped feeding him dry and plan to get him some higher quality canned food.
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I'm almost sure it must be ear mites. Mine had some time ago & in the first check they won't show under the microscope. Only in the 2nd. visit the vet saw them there clearly.
I would take him to the vet ASAP to be checked again for ear mites.
Pls keep us posted, ear mites can cause serious damage to the brain if not treated.
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I'm almost sure it must be ear mites. Mine had some time ago & in the first check they won't show under the microscope. Only in the 2nd. visit the vet saw them there clearly.
I would take him to the vet ASAP to be checked again for ear mites.
Pls keep us posted, ear mites can cause serious damage to the brain if not treated.
when i took him to the vet yesterday, they checked again for earmites which he still doesn't have so that wasn't it.
i'm going to try vinegar first before the drugs. thanks for your reply!
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Hello! When my cat Newt was a kitten I noticed that she had a lot of wax in her ears which built up again quickly after they had been cleaned. She scratched her ears causing bald patches & scabs and she seemed to shake her head a lot. I took her to the vets to get her checked for ear mites & the test was negative. The vet prescribed some ear drops which she hated but they did loosen the wax & allow me to clean her ears easily. Funnily enough she did seem to 'grow out' of it so my advice would be to persevere with the drops & to carefully clean your cat's ears. Hope this helps.
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thank you for your helpful reply! I feel better about the drops now.
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