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Ear Infections in Cats: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

Are Certain Cats More Susceptible to Ear Infection?

Cats with diabetes, allergies, or a weak immune system are more susceptible to ear infections.

Can Ear Infections in Cats Be Prevented?

The best way to prevent another painful ear infection is to routinely check the ear to make sure there’s no redness, residue, or odor. Healthy ears are pale pink and have no visible debris or odor and minimal or no ear wax. Only clean your cat’s ear if instructed to do so by your veterinarian, and only use products made for cats. Never insert a cleaning device into the ear canal itself, as the eardrum is easily ruptured.

 

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Reviewed by Audrey Cook, BVM&S on July 01, 2012

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