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What are some common causes of cat ear discharge?

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  • Ear mites. An ear mite infestation can get so bad, that along with a lot of head shaking, your cat may scratch hard enough to create bloody sores.
  • Ear infections. They are not only extremely uncomfortable for your cat, but if left untreated they can lead to permanent deafness or a need for surgery.
  • Other causes. Ear discharge in cats may result from other problems, including food or inhalant allergies, wax buildup, tumors, polyps, drug reactions, a hereditary condition, or immune system issues.

From: Ear Discharge in Cats WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: ''What You Should Know About External Parasites.''

ASPCA: ''Deafness,'' ''Ear Care.''

Hall Veterinary Surgery: ''Ear Infections.''

VeterinaryPartner.com ''Ear Mites FAQ.''

Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, ''Examining and Medicating the Ears of a Cat.''

Long Beach Animal Hospital, ''Ear Infections.''

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: ''What You Should Know About External Parasites.''

ASPCA: ''Deafness,'' ''Ear Care.''

Hall Veterinary Surgery: ''Ear Infections.''

VeterinaryPartner.com ''Ear Mites FAQ.''

Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, ''Examining and Medicating the Ears of a Cat.''

Long Beach Animal Hospital, ''Ear Infections.''

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on July 10, 2018

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