Tips to Clean Your Cat’s Ears Quickly and Efficiently!
19 September, 2016
Our cats are amazing self groomers, but the one place they can’t reach is their ears! To keep their ears in great condition and to avoid infection, it’s a good idea to examine them at home on a regular basis for signs of infection or mite infestation. Here’s what you should know about keeping your cat’s ears healthy.
Look inside your cat’s ears on a weekly basis
The inside of a healthy feline ear is a pretty, pale pink. It may have a light coating of wax, but you shouldn’t see areas that look dirty, inflamed or crusty. The outer ear, covered in fur, shouldn’t have bare areas. The ears should not have an unpleasant odor. If the odor changes, it’s a sign that a problem may be developing.
Only clean your cats ears if there is excess dirt or debris, wax build-up or anything unusual.
Cleaning the Ears – Create the right mood and make it quick.
1. Make it a positive experience. This sounds simple but it’s the step that most people forget. treats during and after the cleaning to keep the experience positive. Make sure to have a happy voice and let your kitty know that this is fun and easy!
2. Try to clean your kitty’s ears when your cat is in a good mood. At home, make sure to do the cleaning when your cat is in a good place, not after a bath or associated with other dreaded treatments such as nail clipping.
3. Hold the tip of your cat’s ear between your thumb and forefinger and gently roll it up so you can see the inner ear. If your cat tries to scoot away, you can gently grab the loose skin on the back of his or her neck.
4. Look inside your cat’s ears for redness or discharge. Light brown wax is O.K., but black, red, or infected-looking colors (e.g. yellow or green pus) can indicate a problem. Gently wipe the inside of the ear with the tip of a q-tip or a moistened Kleenex.
5. If your cat’s ear contains a lot of wax or debris you should squirt five to ten drops of an ear cleaner into the ear. You can usually get a recommendation of a good ear cleaner from your Veterinarian or local pet store. Massage gently for five to ten seconds at the ear base as the solution drips deep into the ear canal. You will probably hear the solution squish around as you massage, which is normal.
6. After the massaging, stand back and let your pet shake his or her head to bring the softened wax up out of the ear canals. Use clean cotton balls to gently wipe out and up the canal, removing any wax or cleaning solution you see.
And you’re done! If your kitty’s ears seems sensitive or infected or if your cat is shaking its head or scratching at the ear, have her examined by a veterinarian.