Is Borax Safe for Cats?
Thanks for the additional information - I have followed your advice.
Update: at this point, half a month later, my cat is still wearing his collar and I clean his ears every other day; last weekend I gave him a shampoo with the special mix, blow drying him gently afterwards, without rinsing with water. Just because I figured there might be mites on his fur, plus he hadn't had much of a chance to clean himself, what with the collar. The mites definitely are not on a growth cycle anymore, and I intend to keep at it until there is no more waxy residue in his ears. I figure given the 3 week (?) hatching cycle of the mites it might take a month or two to clear.
I have two questions you or maybe others could answer if you 'd like to.
1. Much as I try to be thorough, there are areas deep into his ears that I cannot reach with Q tips. I understand that in order to be effective, the mix has to be able to contact the skin directly. So if I cannot clear waxy residues in areas that are unreachable, what can I do? Do veterinarians have more sophisticated tools or stronger medicine to get these last mite (mighty!) strongholds.
2. My cat occasionally licks his fur, which has been bathed with the Borax solution. Is this safe ? I read on the box that Borax is cangerous if taken internally.
Thanks a lot again nycandre"