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Ear Care and Ear Problems in Cats

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Know Your Ear Disorders

  • Ear mites are common parasites that are contagious among pets. Telltale signs include excessive itching of the ears and debris that resembles coffee grounds.
  • Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria or yeasts. Treatment should be sought promptly as ear infections can cause considerable discomfort. Allergies in cats can be a predisposing factor in developing ear infections.
  • An ear hematoma is a collection of blood and serum between the cartilage and skin of the outer ear. They’re often caused by infection, ear mites, fleas or trapped debris that causes your cat to scratch her ears or shake her head excessively. They can occur in association with frequent head shaking in association with ear infections, ear mites, or allergies. But it can be seen in animals with normal ears.

How to Administer Ear Drops

If your veterinarian has recommended ear drops or ointment for your cat, please ask for his/her advice on how to properly administer them. Below are general guidelines on administering medications in your cat's ears:

  • Read the label instructions carefully for correct dosage before administering.
  • If there is debris or excessive wax in the outer ear or visible ear canal gently clean the external ear with a cotton ball or gauze moistened with a veterinary recommended ear cleaning solution
  • Gently pull the ear flap back, squeeze out the correct amount of solution or ointment into the outermost earl canal
  • Gently massage the base of the ear to help work the medication deeper into the canal.
  • Administer the medication according to the label directions given by your veterinarian. Not completing the entire course of treatment can interfere with total resolution of the issue being treated.
  • Reward your cat with a treat afterward.

WebMD Veterinary Reference from the ASPCA

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