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Scabs and a dirty ear

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I just got a 9 week old kitten and he seems to have two small skin scabs...one on top of his head and another on the back of his neck. I checked them out and they are not red or discolored...they just look like dry skin scabs.

Any thoughts or recommendations? I started applying some Aquaphor healing ointment to the scabs.

Also, he has a somewhat dirty right ear...there's some black stuff halfway down inside the ear. I have read that you can use Q-Tips with baby oil but I am afaid of going to deep into his ear. Any recommendations?

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How about taking him for a quick visit to a vet? That will solve all your questions.
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Please don't use q-tips in your cat's ears. They can really do damage, because as you are cleaning, they are (usually) squirming, and they could jump and you might jam their eardrum and pierce it.

Kitty has ear mites, that is why she has those marks on her as well because she is scratching- ear mites bite cats. The red and black stuff in her ears is dried blood. She needs to go to the vet and get a good cleaning and some medication that will go in her ears.

For now, take a cotton ball and a small portion of olive oil- not very much. Heat the oil up a few seconds in the microwave, and then roll the cotton in the oil and squeeze all the excess out.

Take the kitten in your lap, between your legs, and gently place the cotton into her ear and roll it back and forth (not up and down) just back and forth, then turn it around and around and take it out. Using another cotton ball (I use cotton rolls they are better than the balls) Do the same thing. Then release her and call your vet for an appointment.
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