Originally Posted by Skimble
When you take the female to be spayed, ask them to check her ears. Some of the low cost spay/neuter clinics here check the ears on the strays and ferals. If one has ear mites, they all likely do.
I don't know of any home remedies for the ears. The vet that does the spay may at least offer an opinion as to what might be helpful, after explaining that purchasing meds is not an option. There are some understanding vets.
Bless you for helping them.
They didn't seem to offer those services, at least not on any paperwork when we dropped them off. I can ask when I pick them up.
He is the only one that seems to have the problem, and it was the female we sent to get spayed. I know that the ear mites are contagious and that they all likely have them.
The ear cleaning solution I make at home for my dogs is said to be safe on cats, however he's got an open sore on the outside of his ear so I won't use that specific one. However, I do also have a mixture of witch hazel, vinegar, and water that is safe on open sores that may help. I'm sure cleaning out all the back crusty exudate and flushing his ears a bit will have to help to some degree, though I know it likely won't kill them.
I'll ask my vet tomorrow when I take my dog in if there's anything I can get OTC from the clinic or if he'd need to see the cat. I absolutely do have the urge just to take him in to be seen, but I'd be afraid of a big bill. I just don't have the money to be paying for everyone else's irresponsibility anymore. I have a long list of strays and foster kittens that I've taken to the vet in previous times. I would if I could, but with a child on the way and a bad economy.. it just woudln't be wise. I feel awful that I don't have the money to just ahve him be given the medical care he deserves.