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My kitty's round hair brush seems to be a vector for ear mites. Will dipping or soaking it in rubbing alcohol kill feline ear mites and ear mite eggs? Or what's a good safe brush treatment?

Seal the brush in a ziploc bag for about 2 months (or just throw it away and replace it later), and switch to using a metal comb that can be boiled after each use.

You might also want to take a look here for info on the various mite species that can affect cats, and what can and can't effectively control them.

What if I steam the brushes in a double boiler?

Stoic Joker:
What if I steam the brushes in a double boiler?
-holt (March 02, 2016, 08:27 AM)
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Chances are it will damage the brush during boiling, and the left over moisture will cause other problems to grow in/on the brush.

Go with the metal comb App suggested above.. :)

Possible answers if I want to save my expensive hair brushes; (steel or metal combs would be difficult to use on a longhair tabby with matted or tangled fur):
How to Sterilize a Hairbrush: immerse brush in solution of 1 tablespoon chlorine bleach per 1 gallon or sinkful of water for 5 minutes, then rinse.

How to Sterilize Bottles: in a double boiler, allow the bottles or brushes to steam for 5 minutes.

If I had to guess, I would think hardy feline ear mite eggs might take more time, just not sure how much more time. I wonder if a steam treatment with water that has the proper proportion of 1 tbl chlorine bleach to 1 gal water in it (with adequate ventilation of the kitchen or mad scientist's laboratory) might be even more effective.

I am very annoyed at the cat forum I posted this same question at, in their cat health subforum, for mindlessly deleting my post; my sincere appreciation to Donation Coder forum, which has no such problem.


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