Cat Ear Infection Home Remedy
Ear infections in cats are common and can be caused by many different factors. This article will discuss the causes and symptoms of ear infections in cats, as well as treatment options.
Ear infections are a common ailment in cats.
Ear infections are a common ailment in cats. Ear mites are the most common cause of ear infection, but external factors like allergies and bacteria can also contribute to ear infections.
Ear mites live in the ears of cats and can be transmitted to other cats through close contact, such as grooming and sharing litter boxes. Ear mites look like tiny dots moving around inside your kitty’s ear canal—they’re visible with a flashlight or bright light source (like the sun shining on them). The best way to treat an ear mite infection is by applying a product that kills both adult mites and eggs (called “acaricides”). You can also use petroleum jelly smeared around your cat’s ear flap daily until symptoms resolve; this will suffocate any remaining adult bugs but won’t kill their eggs so you’ll need another treatment later on.
Another common cause for outwardly infected ears (or “waxy” ears) is yeast buildup due either from poor diet or general toxicity levels within your feline companion’s body; if left untreated it may become severe enough over time that surgery becomes necessary!
Symptoms of ear infection may include:
Ear infection symptoms:
- Ear redness, swelling or discharge
- Painful ear, or head shaking
- Poor appetite and lethargy (tiredness)
Excessive itchiness and shaking of the head and ears,
- Excessive itchiness and shaking of the head and ears
- Ear Mites: These are tiny parasites that live on the skin in your cat’s ears. They are usually caused when your cat has an ear infection or allergies, but they can also get into their ears by crawling out of the ground or water.
- Ear Infections: An ear infection is usually caused by bacteria in your cat’s ear canal. This can happen if you clean your pet’s ears too much with cotton swabs, which can actually push more bacteria into them! A simple way to tell if you have an infection is to check for redness around its outer edges where it meets their head – look for any kind of discharge coming from there as well (it may be yellowish). If so then call a vet immediately because this could be serious!
- Swelling in the ears is a common symptom of an ear infection, and most often it will occur on the outer flap of skin (the pinna). However, swelling may also appear on the inner ear meatus (opening) or tympanic membrane.
- The reason for swelling is that your cat’s body sends extra fluid to help fight off an infection. In this case, it’s not necessary to drain the fluid from her ears—some veterinary offices may recommend doing so if you see redness around those areas or excessive discharge coming out—but you should still bring her into see your vet if she has any symptoms of an ear infection.
Ear discharge (black, brown, or yellow)
Ear discharge is a common symptom of an ear infection. This may be due to ear mites, bacteria or fungus, excessive wax production, foreign bodies in your pet’s ear canal, tumors and other causes. Ear discharge can range from black to brownish-yellow color. In some cases it can be blood-tinged or watery as well.
Fluid buildup in the ears
The ear is a self-cleaning organ. However, symptoms of fluid buildup in the ears include lack of appetite and head shaking. If left untreated, the infection may spread to other parts of your cat’s body.
Symptoms to look out for include:
- A foul odor coming from your cat’s ear
- Discharge coming from their ears
Reddened, inflamed skin inside the ear canal
- The ear canal should be bright red, swollen and tender to the touch.
- The cat may be in pain, reluctant to move his head or scratch at his ears.
- Your cat may also be showing signs of irritation around the face and neck area.
Pain and discomfort (your cat may pull away or cry out when you touch his ears)
If you notice your cat scratching at his ears or if the inside of his ears seems red and irritated, it could be a sign that he has an ear infection.
To check for an infection, rub a little bit of mineral oil on the inside of your cat’s ear, then gently pull out some hair from around the opening. If there are any signs of redness or swelling in that area, it’s likely that your cat has an ear infection.
If you suspect that your kitty may have an ear problem and don’t want to wait until they go away on their own (which can take several weeks), visit your veterinarian immediately and bring along a sample of whatever is coming out of their ears so they can diagnose what type of infection needs to be treated right away!
Loss of appetite or loss of balance
If you suspect that your cat has an ear infection, it is essential to take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. This is especially true if your cat’s symptoms have not improved after a week. If left untreated, an ear infection may cause permanent damage to the inner ear and can even lead to hearing loss or other complications.
Signs of irritation around the face, neck and shoulders.
- Irritation around the face, neck and shoulders.
- The cat may rub his ears on furniture or carpet.
- He may scratch his ears.
- Ear infections are a common ailment in cats, which can lead to pain and discomfort. If you notice any of these signs in your cat’s behavior or physical appearance, it’s important to get him checked out by a vet so that he can be diagnosed with an ear infection and treated accordingly before the condition worsens. Symptoms include:
Clean your cat’s ears weekly.
Ear cleaning is a simple process, which begins with you pouring the vinegar into your cat’s ear. Then you place the cotton ball in the ear and hold it there for about 5 minutes. This helps loosen any crusty buildup that might be inside of your cat’s ears.
Next, take a clean cotton ball and wrap it around your finger to use as a swab and gently wipe out what was loosened by previous steps. Make sure to wipe along every part of your cat’s inner ear so that no debris remains behind when finished with this step!
Finally, use another clean cotton swab (or two) and clean around those areas where dirt tends to collect on our feline friends: under their chin/throat area (where they tend to rest their heads after sleeping), at their ankles on either side of their body as well as near their tail end if possible!
Regular ear cleaning will help you spot infections early on and keep them from getting worse. You can also use a gentle ear cleaner to clean your cat’s ears. If you notice any of these symptoms in your pet, consult with your veterinarian immediately.