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 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.
- Put a drop or two of the liquid into the round opening of the ear canal.
- Gently massage the base of the ear for at least a minute, to work the liquid around.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other ear.
- 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.
- After 5 minutes, use clean cotton balls to wipe away oil and dirt from the ear. <Skip this step for medicating>
- 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
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.