Spokane cat owners how important a cat’s ears are to them and take every precaution to make sure their cat’s ears stay in good health.
They know they don’t have to clean their cat’s ears constantly, but they do need to check them out on a regular basis. The most frequent problem for cats is a parasitic infestation from ear mites. If you observe your cat scratching her/his ears a lot or shaking her/his head, this may be a signal of ear mites or another kind of ear infection. A visit to the veterinarian will be required.
To clean your cat’s ears, you will need cotton balls, warm water, a plastic eyedropper, plus a large towel for swaddling an anxious, jittery cat.
After having your cat’s ears have been examined by the veterinarian you then clean them yourself.
Use a de-waxing agent. (Ear cleaning solutions for a cat are sold at any pet store.)
Gently hold your cat in your lap swaddled in a thick towel
Tenderly fold the cat’s ear back so that the ear canal is easy to get to
Carefully fill the ear with de-waxer solution and soothingly massage the ear.
Let your cat loose for about five minutes giving her/him time to shake his head.
The solution will help relax any wax so you can eliminate it more easily. You’ll need to have all the doors to the room closed, as the first reaction your cat is going to have once you release him is to escape…
Wipe the inside of your cat’s ear with gauze or a cotton ball
Do not use a cotton-tipped applicator because you may puncture your cat’s ear drum.
If you have never cleaned your cat’s ears, you should look for any signs that may indicate an ear mite infestation or other infection. Some things to look for are a discharge, redness, small black spots that look like coffee grounds, scratching, odor, scratch or head shaking. Normal ear wax will be a light brown. Any kind of liquid discharge from your cat’s ears is critical and you should contact your veterinarian right away.
There are numerous ear cleaning and ear mite products for your cat. Most are available through your pet store or on line. Ask your veterinarian to suggest a solution so that you are convinced you’re purchasing the most effectual product.
Persian cats are more prone to ear infections than other cat breed
The external canal called the Otis Externa is where most infections crop up in a cat
Chronic ear infections are exceptionally serious and can close a cat’s ear canal. If this
occurs it will more than likely require surgery.
If you have an indoor cat and it is your only pet, he/she is far less likely to catch a contagious infestation such as ear mites. However, it is still a good idea to gently clean your cat’s ears occasionally and be attentive of the signs that could point toward a problem.