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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Cleaning Your Cat’s Ears – What You Need to Know!


Depending on your cat’s grooming habits, you might or might not need to clean your cat’s ears. Many cats are excellent at grooming themselves and require very little ear care. Other cats will need routine cleanings to help ward off infection. Generally, if you notice wax, dirt, or other debris, then it is probably time for a cleaning.

Periodic cleanings and regular at-home checks will allow you to find out about ear issues early, allowing for timelier treatment options.  The good news is that unlike clipping your cat’s nails, most cats aren’t too averse to that area.

How to Clean Your Cat’s Ears

For the best results, begin your ear cleaning with a good general grooming. Excess, dirty, or matted hair should be removed from around the ear canal and the ear flap. Heavy, matted, moist ear flaps, surrounding hair, and excessively hairy ear canals will decrease air flow to the ear canal, making it possible for wax and other debris to build up, potentially leading to infection.

In some cats, excess hair may need to be gently removed from inside the ear canal.  Always be careful when removing the hair to avoid damaging the ear canal and minimize discomfort to your pet.  A professional groomer or your veterinarian can help you remove the hair if needed.

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