Ear Discharge in Cats (cont.)

Preventing Cat Ear Problems

To help your cat's ears stay perky and pest-free, check inside her ears regularly for signs of wax buildup, inflammation, or odor. If you notice a problem, it's time to talk to your veterinarian.

Cat's ears are expressive, beautiful -- and very fragile. To avoid damaging the ear drum or packing wax deep into the ear, never insert anything into your cat's ears or use over-the-counter medication unless your vet has shown you the proper way to do so.

It's easy to interpret a cat's ear discharge as mites when it's something else, or to leave a mild infection untreated until it becomes serious or chronic. Don't leave your cat's comfort to guesswork -- always talk to your vet when you suspect ear problems.

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.”