Home remedy for ear mites

Our question this week was:

I have just received some information via e-mail from a friend and wanted to ask you about this before I tried it out. They say that a few drops of Wesson oil massaged into a cat’s ears then wiped out with a cotton ball conditions the ears and eliminates ear mites? Have you heard of this before? I have 2 feral cats that I take care of and want to try this out, but want to make sure I am doing the right thing first. Please advise.

Thank You,

Barbara Picard


Hi – thanks for your email. I have heard of placing “oil” in cat’s ears to try to treat ear mites. The theory is that the mites essentially drown in the oil. In my experience, it can help with the mites but not eliminate them completely. There are some very good and safe ear mite medications that work really well e.g. ivermectin (Acarexx®).

On one hand, it probably won’t hurt anything to try the oil. On the other hand, there are more effective drugs that work really well. Talk to your vet about a prescription for an ear mite medication that they recommend.

An article that might be helpful to you is Fighting ear mites in cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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