Ear Care and Ear Problems in Cats (cont.)

Know Your Ear Disorders

  • Ear mitesare common parasites that are highly contagious among pets. Telltale signs include excessive itching of the ears and debris that resembles coffee grounds.
  • Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria, yeast or foreign debris caught in the ear canal. Treatment should be sought immediately as ear infections can cause considerable discomfort and may indicate allergies, hormonal abnormalities or hereditary disease.
  • Blood blisters (hematoma) are the result of blood accumulation in the ear flap. 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.

How to Administer Ear Drops

If your veterinarian has recommended ear drops for your cat, please ask for his advice on how to properly administer them, and please follow these guidelines:

  • Read the label instructions carefully for correct dosage before administering.
  • Using a vet-recommended solution, clean the external ear thoroughly with a moist cotton ball or piece of clean gauze.
  • Gently pull the ear flap back, squeeze out the correct amount of solution and apply it to the lowest part of the ear canal.
  • Gently massage the base of the ear to help work the medication deeper into the canal.
  • Administer the full dosage indicated by your vet or the instructions on the bottle. Stopping short of a full dosage may prevent your cat from healing.
  • Reward your cat with a treat afterward.