How to clean the cat’s ears?
Cat ears take second place among the sweetest parts of the cat’s body (after cat’s pads, of course). This is the organ that provides perfect spatial orientation for every pet. You already know that the cat’s senses (sight, hearing, smell) are used to perceive information from the cat’s environment. That’s why they all deserve special attention and care to make your beloved cat feel comfortable and nothing limits its possibilities.
Today we will talk about the importance of cleaning cat ears and how you can do it at home.
As we have said before, this is the part of the body that needs to be checked and cleaned regularly. Some owners may say that you need to clean the cat’s ears for prevention every day. Specifically, it concerns owners of those cats’ breeds that have large ears (Maine Coon, Scottish Fold, Oriental and Somali cats, Devon and Cornish Rex, Abyssinian cat).
The ears of these cats are contaminated much faster than in other cat’s relatives. The fur on the outer part of the ear protects it from foreign objects (dirt, dust) and cat ear infection. And besides, the body of “bald” cats emits much more earwax to clean the ear canal. The human body has the same system of protection.
Therefore, in a nutshell, the frequency of cat ear cleaning is an individual issue. The normal interval for a healthy cat is once in 2-4 weeks (or once in a month). Some owners do this procedure immediately after washing the cat.
How to clean the cat’s ears?
If you become the owner of a charming pet and don’t know how to clean a cat’s ears then don’t worry, we will tell you all the nuances.
For starters, make a habit of checking the cat’s ears every time (at least once a week) when you play or take it in your hands. It is not difficult to gently bend the cat’s ear and look inside.
We are lucky that we can do it without much effort. If you see a clean and light pink ear it means your cat feels fine. Sometimes you may see a small amount of earwax, which is normal too.
So, you’ve seen enough earwax build-up and you want to clear the ear from it. You will need to do the next things:
- Cotton pads and Q-tips (you can take baby Q-tips, they’re safe and you don’t have to worry about damaging the ear)
- Hydrogen peroxide, chlorhexidine (or 3% boric acid solution)
Several important nuances
- Some veterinarians don’t recommend using Q-tips for cleaning the cat’s ears. Because you risk collecting all the dirt and dust into earwax instead of removing it from the cat’s ears. If you make this mistake often, the earplug may accumulate over time. Only a specialist can remove it correctly and without harming the animal.
- Under no circumstances should you use a match stick with a piece of cotton wool to clean the cat’s ear. This construction may scratch the ear if you don’t clean it properly or the cotton wool may remain in the cat’s ear.
- Don’t use different shampoos or other foaming liquids to clean the ears. Their composition is not suitable for cats’ skin. Above we have described; what home remedies you can use to clean a cat’s ears. Besides, if you are sure that your cat doesn’t have ear infections, you can buy any lotion or drops for your cat’s ears at a veterinary store or a vet pharmacy.
The process of cleaning the cat’s ears
- Choose the moment when your cat is calm. This may be the time before or after a nap.
- Place your cat on your legs or choose a hard surface for this procedure.
- Prepare the ear drops in advance and make sure it isn’t cold. Because the cat will immediately feel the discomfort of a steep drop in temperature. As a result, your pet may start to behave restlessly and the procedure will stop.
- Put drops or home remedies in the cat’s ear and massage it at the ear’s base.
- Some liquid will begin to flow along with the dirt and earwax after your massage. The final step is to wipe gently everything that has leaked out of the ear.
Don’t worry if some of the fluid remains inside the cat’s ear. Your cat will finish the rest of the work by itself.
Besides the usual hygienic cleaning, you should pay attention to some changes in behavior or inside the pet’s ear, for example:
- You may notice that the cat has begun to shake its head and scratch its ear more often than usual. If you see this more than 2-3 times a day it can mean that a foreign body has entered the pet’s ear and it is trying to get rid of it.
In this case, you should check the ears and if you notice anything unnecessary, you can reach it with the help of tweezers. But if you find it difficult to do so, you’d better see a veterinarian.
- Cats can suffer from scabies. If its head is often bent in one direction (or the cat scratching the ear to the blood), this condition can turn into chronic otitis. And then you will have to use special antibiotics for cats and provide treatment.
- There are many diseases and cat ear infections. You should notice any changes – such as rising temperature and redness ears, or your cat may be infected by anear mite. All of the above are real and good reasons to see a doctor.