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Ear Infections in Cats

Just like dogs, cats are susceptible to ear infections. While your cat may experience many similar symptoms that dogs do, the cause and treatment may differ. Cats primarily get ear infections due to ear mites. What are ear mites you ask?

Ear mites are itty bitty parasites that live inside your cat’s ear canal. These tiny pests feed on skin debris and cause quite a deal of irritation and itchiness for cats. If not treated, these types of ear infections may lead to secondary ear infections. This is due to the mites leaving eggs in your cats ear that take approximately 3 weeks to hatch. Once these mites’ eggs hatch they mature and reproduce. Therefore, it’s crucial to get this type of infection treated correctly and to follow up with your veterinarian to ensure the infection is cleared and mites are gone.

If You Notice Your Cat Has Any of These Symptoms It’s Possible They May Be Suffering from an Ear Infection:

-Odor coming from their ear

-Hair loss near their ear

-Loss of balance

-Scabs on outside or inside of the ear

-Hearing loss

-Dark and waxy ear discharge

-Head shaking

-Scratching or rubbing at their ear

What Should You Do if Your Cat is Demonstrating Any of Those Symptoms?

The first step is to take him see his veterinarian. They will examine your cat’s ear canal and ear drum. A sample of your cat’s ear discharge may be taken to determine whether bacteria, yeast, or parasites such as ear mites are present. 

If your cat’s veterinarian diagnoses your cat with an ear infection they will clean your cat’s ear thoroughly. While this may temporarily cause your kitty cat some discomfort, it is vital to clearing the infection up. Your cat’s treatment plan may include various types of medication or treatment products. It’s crucial to ensure your cat receives the treatment suggested by their veterinarian to clear up any infection. 

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