Every cat carer should routinely check and have their ears cleaned when necessary. This way, if there are any problems, they can be picked up quickly.
Some common ear problems cats encounter include:
- Ear mites.
- Bacterial infections.
- Fungal infections.
- Build up of dirt and wax which can lead to temporary loss of hearing.
Checking the ears:
This should be incorporated into your cat's regular grooming regime. It is advised that you begin this from an early age so your cat becomes used to it. You should be looking for the following;
- Build up of dirt and wax.
- Bad odour.
- Redness and inflammation.
- Scratching and shaking may be an indicator of ear mites.
- Check the ear for dirt, odour, lumps, redness and pain. If any of these are observed seek veterinary attention immediately.
Cleaning the ears:
Your veterinarian will be able to provide you with a solution to clean your cat's ears with. If this is the first time you've cleaned the ears have your veterinarian show you, if done incorrectly it is possible to damage the ear.
- Routine ear cleaning isn't necessary, and some wax build up is normal. Ears should be cleaned if there is an excessive amount of wax, dirt or debris.
- Apply a few drops of solution to your cat's ear
- Massage the base of the ear to loosen dirt and wax
- With a cotton ball, wipe away the excess solution and dirt
- Never use a cotton bud in the ear, as this can damage it
How to avoid ear problems:
- Don't apply any products to your cat's ears which haven't been approved for use by your veterinarian.
- When bathing your cat, avoid water getting into the ears.
- Seek veterinary advice as soon as you see any possible problems in the ears.
- Never apply a cotton bud to the ear.