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How do I know if my cat has an ear infection or ear mites? His ears are painful, red with dark dirt like clumps. Will it hurt to

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What you are describing could very well be the result of an ear mite infection.  Ear mites generally are associated with a dark, waxy build-up in the ear canal.  The irritation they cause can lead to pain and discomfort for your cat, which then leads to scratching at the ear or shaking the ear.

Take a few minutes to read the description of an ear mite infection from a recent issue of my blog, Questions On Dogs and Cats, at:  

You can gently clean the ear to remove some of this waxy material, but you will still need to use some medicine to ultimately kill the mites.

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