In several species of carnivores (dog, cat, fox, ferret, etc.), mites that live in the ear canal can be found. They are called ear mites, Otodectes cynotis, and are up to 1/2 mm long. It feeds by gnawing on the skin in the ear canal. Young mites, perhaps of the spreading stages, can be seen in the fur near the ears. Cats are almost always infected with ear mites, but they are rarely bothered by them. Cats can be infected by so many ear mites that they fall of when the cat moves around. Rabbits are infected by another kind of ear mite. The ear mites cannot spread to humans.
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