The book on natural healthcare for pets said that the cure was to smother the microscopic creatures with olive oil. And so, our little patient has been getting daily treatments. Here's the routine.
1. Don leather gloves.
2. Captivate the kitten.
3. Pull back kitten's ear, and keep open.
5. Close ear flap before kitten can shake, and hold.
6. Repeat with second ear.
7. Hold both ears shut for several seconds, allowing oil to soak in.
7a. Giggle at kitten's silly appearance.
8. Massage kitten's ear canals. Wait, how do you do that? Oh, forget it.
9. Release ears and allow kitten to shake.
10. Hold ears open and swab with q-tips to remove mite debris.
11. Release kitten.
12. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon while the now docile animal obsessively licks himself between naps.
Of course, Riley hasn't exactly been a willing patient. But, since he's just a kitten, we can control him for at least a few minutes (with the help of leather gloves).
What he doesn't know is that we actually have his happiness in mind. He may not enjoy his current greasiness, but he will enjoy his freedom from those itchy mites. If he had logic and rational intelligence, we might not need those leather gloves for the treatments.
He's only a kitten, so I don't expect any more out of him. But I do expect more from myself. When I find myself in the midst of a trying, frustrating experience, I hope I'll remember Riley's ear treatments and thank God for the cure from sin He's working within. Then, instead of attacking my Best Friend, I'll spend the time afterward being a sweet, quiet child...just like my little snoochum after his oil bath.