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Complaints about problems in a cat’s ears come up very often from cat owners. Although your cat may not have an ear problem yet, it is still better to know about it because a pet is a family member, and no amount of precaution can be enough. If you suspect that your cat may have ear diseases, the safest bet would be to show it to a vet. However, you can do a few things first to determine whether the problem is a severe one, or a minor one.Step 1: Look out for symptoms.
There could be many signs that your cat is having some problem in its ears. In general, if you notice that your cat is constantly pawing its ears and shaking its head, there could possibly be something in its ears that is troubling it. Check to see if there is any odor coming from the ears as well, as odors may be indicative of bacterial or fungal infections. Sometimes there can be discharges from the ears. Redness of the ear canals, and signs that they feel hurt when touched on the ears or around the ears are other signs to look for.It’s not necessary that all these signs will be there in your cat when it has some problem in the ear. Symptoms may be any of these, or a combination of a few symptoms discussed here.Step 2: Try basic medication.
If you’re convinced that your cat has an ear problem, try treating its symptoms by choosing an appropriate medicine
for it. Track the progress that your cat is making carefully. In case your cat’s ears are healing up well, then continue using the medicine until all signs and symptoms have vanished. Once you discontinue the medication, keep a careful watch to see if symptoms recur.In case your cat’s ears go back to how they were before the medicine was administered, or the symptoms persist and do not go away at all, either contact an expert or consult your vet immediately.Step 3: Prevent future occurrences.
Prevention is better than cure. Prevent the possibility of your cat developing ear illnesses in the future by taking good care of the hygiene of its ears. As a rule, remember that your cat’s ears must be light pink in color, free of discharges and odors, and the cat should how no sign of discomfort or pain when the ear area is touched.You can also regularly make use of ear-cleansing medications
to ensure that your cats’ ears are free from dirt and pathogens that could cause future problems.For further clarification and information on ear problems, Petcare is always at your service.