Ear Discharge in Cats
You've noticed your feline friend acting odd lately. Maybe she has been shaking her head a lot, or scratching at her ears. Perhaps you've even spotted some yellow or black ear discharge or noticed a bit of a smell. Could your cat have an ear problem?
Ear problems in cats are quite common. It's also common for people to misdiagnose their cat's ear issues, sometimes leading to weeks of inappropriate treatment. Save her the pain and discomfort -- learn what ear problems might be troubling your cat, and find out what you can do to help.
Cat Ear Discharge: Common Causes
When your cat's ears are healthy, they're pink and clean inside, have no smell, have very little or no wax, and seem able to detect the sound of a can opener from a mile away.
When your feline friend has ear problems, you may notice a much different kitty. Symptoms of ear problems in cats include pawing at the ears, sensitivity to touch, a large amount of dark brown or black wax, hearing loss, head tilting, and loss of balance. The most common causes of ear discharge in cats include:
Cat Ear Problems: Common Treatments
The only way to truly know what's troubling your cat is to take her to the vet for an examination. Depending on what your veterinarian finds, treatment for your cat's ear discharge might include:
Ear mites can be very contagious among pets, so if you discover your cat has them, you may want to get the rest of your household's four-legged friends checked by a vet, too. Chances are good your entire pet household will need ear mite treatment or an infestation may easily recur.
After examining your cat and possibly sending a swab out to a lab for analysis, your veterinarian may prescribe a range of treatments for your cat's ear infection, including antibiotics, antifungal medication, anti-inflammatories, or immunotherapy.