Cleaning Cats Ears

You may need to clean your cat’s ears as a preliminary to administering medication for mites, or just as a part of regular grooming.

Ear Afflictions:

  • Ear mites are common parasites that are highly contagious among pets.
  • Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria, yeast or foreign debris caught in the ear canal.
  • Blood blisters (hematoma) are the result of blood accumulation in the ear flap.

What you need:

  • Olive oil or ear cleaner
  • Cotton Balls
  • Container for warm water
  • Plastic eye-dropper

Gather what you need, warm the cleaner to body temperature,by placing the container in a warm pan of water. Place kitty on a table or counter that is close to cleaning supplies or medication you are administering.

  1. Put a drop or two of the liquid into the round opening of the ear canal.
  2. Gently massage the base of the ear for at least a minute, to work the liquid around.
  3. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other ear.
  4. Leave your cat alone for 5 minutes. He’ll do a great deal of head shaking, which will dislodge dirt and move it into the outer ear canal.
  5. After 5 minutes, use clean cotton balls to wipe away oil and dirt from the ear. <Skip this step for medicating>
  6. Give your cat a treat for being so good.

Watch for the following signs that may indicate your cat’s ears should be checked by a veterinarian:

  • Persistent scratching and pawing of the ear area
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Head tilting or shaking
  • Loss of balance and disorientation
  • Redness or swelling of the ear flap or canal
  • Unpleasant odor
  • Black or yellowish discharge
  • Accumulation of dark brown wax
  • Hearing loss
  • Bleeding

Monitoring your kitty’s ears once per week for wax, debris and infection will help those sensitive sonar detectors stay perky and alert to your every move. I find checking ears is easiest when I am already petting my cats. If you see any discharge, redness or swelling, or kitty’s ears are caked with wax or you detect an odor, please have her seen by a veterinarian.

 

 

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