Tuesday, April 3, 2018

How to Clean Cat Ears

How to Clean Cat Ears - Most cats can keep their own body clean, and they are very careful to do so. Even they also clean the back and inside of the ear. However, cats occasionally need help to clean his ears. It would be better if you check your cat's ear first to make sure there is no harm in it that can be fatal.

How to Clean Cat Ears
How to Clean Cat Ears

 Checking Cat's Ear

1. Check your cat's ears.

The ears of the cat you can see are just the outside; You will not be able to see the inside or eardrums because the position is parallel to the horizontal with the head. Take care of your cat while he is sleepy or spoiled. The maintenance process will run more easily and safely. An energetic cat tends to fight and scratch when you take care of it.

2. Hold the top of your cat's ear.

Flip the ears gently until you can see the inside clearly. Look at your cat's ear as clearly as possible. Do it on each ear. Check this in a room with adequate lighting, such as near windows or under bright lights.

3. Decide if you need to clean your cat's ears.

The pink cat's ear is pink, has only a little earwax and other dirt, and does not smell.
A clean cat's ears indicate that your cat is able to clean its own ears. Keep in mind that you do not need to clean the ears of a cat if it still looks clean.

4. Bring your cat to the vet if you find an anomaly.

Cats normally have earwax and dirt in their ears. However, if you find other dirt around the cat's ears, it's a cat's ear sign is problematic. Abnormal dirt in or around the ears of a cat can be pus-shaped green or yellow, and dirt is dark red or black. This is called abnormal secretions and may characterize bacterial, fungal, or lice infections. Bring your cat to the vet immediately. Consult a vet if you smell a strange smell from your cat's ears. Similarly, when you see red and swollen marks in or around the cat's ear area. If you only see a bit of dirt or earwax, you can clean your cat's ears at home.

Cleaning Cat Ears

1. Make sure your cat is relaxed.

Some cats do not like their ears cleaned and they will fight. Bring your cat to a quiet room where there are no other pets. You may need to be helped to hold the cat while clearing his ears.
Tell friends who help you to hold the cat gently. A grip that is too strong will cause a ferocious and clawed cat to break free. If your cat refuses to cooperate, you can try wrapping the body of the cat (including the legs) with a thick towel. If your cat feels uncomfortable when his ears are cleaned, stop. Do not let your cat scratch or bite.

2. Buy liquid ear cleaner.

Good ear cleaners contain only a few chemicals and dry quickly. You can buy it at a veterinarian or reputed pet shop.
  • You can also make your own ear cleaner if you have no money.
  • Water should not be used as an ear cleaner because it can precipitate and cause mold growth.
  • Another alternative to cleaning cat's ears is by using cotton wetted with hydrogen peroxide and olive oil.

3. Store the ear cleaner at room temperature before use.

Keeping the ear cleaner at room temperature will make your cat feel more comfortable when his ears are cleaned. Like most people who do not like it if there is cold liquid flowing into his ears, the cat feels that way

4. Put a few drops of earwash into the cat's ear.

Use the appropriate dosage as recommended on the instruction label. Do it on the ears of your cat one by one. Massage the ear for 20 to 45 seconds for the cleaner to work.
  • Use strong but gentle pressure when rubbing the base of his ear. Do not rub too much because it can damage the eardrum. The rules are simple, you just throw away the deposition of dirt and earwax, not rubbing it.
  • Give the full dose according to your veterinary advice or the instructions contained in the package of the ear cleaner. If not so, your cat's ear will be hard to heal. 
  • Leave your cat for a minute or two.
  • Let him wiggle his head to remove the remnants of his earwax.

6. Softly wipe your cotton or gauze lighter and your cat's lacquers.

Be sure not to push it too deep into the horizontal sections inside the ear hole; this can cause dirt to accumulate, not eliminate it.
  • Do not use earplugs unless ordered by your veterinarian.
  • Do not clean the ears of the cat too deep. This can damage the thin layers in the ear canal, and even make the eardrum rupture. If your cat's eardrum ruptures, it will show the pain by scratching his ears, meowing, and others. In addition, he will lose balance when sitting while tilting his head. If you see these signs, take your cat immediately to the animal dentist for review.

7. Have cleansing the ear with praise, hugs, and gifts.

This move can calm the cat so that someday he would be invited to work together when you see you carry ear drops.


A number of illnesses and conditions can bring an outbreak to the ears of a cat. The outbreaks include mites, ticks, bacterial infections, fungal infections, foreign bodies (such as plant spines), and tumors (though very rare). The most common cats ear problem is otitis externa, an outer ear infection in front of the eardrum. If you are concerned about the health of your cat's ear, consult your veterinarian.
There should be no bleeding when you finish cleaning your cat's ears. If you find blood around the cat's ear, immediately take it to the vet.

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