Cleaning your Cats Ears

Often times it is necessary to help cats with periodical cleaning with their ears, even though cats are very meticulous about their own self-grooming. Now and then it may be necessary to step in and help them out.

Ear mites are a common problem with cats and If you need to administer medication for ear mites, your vet may
recommend that you clean the ears before doing so. Don’t be intimidated, if you follow this process, it should go rather smoothly.

Cleaning Cat Ears with Olive Oil

Cat ears need periodical cleaning as part of the weekly grooming process, to prevent different ear infections and the occurrence of parasites.

“The ear cleaning may also be required prior to administering ear drops or medication when your pet is affected by infections or ear mites. Cleaning the cat ears using olive oil is the easiest method, as olive oil is available for anyone.”

Supplies Required

When cleaning your cat’s ears with olive oil, you will need a few additional supplies. A plastic ear dropper or a syringe is essential for the ear cleaning. You should also get cotton balls, a towel and a bowl of warm water.

“The olive oil can be purchased in the stores or at natural supplies stores.”

How to Clean Cat Ears

“The olive oil should be warmed up to the cat’s body temperature; the easiest way to warm up the olive oil is to get a bowl of warm water and place the olive oil container inside the warm water bowl. Fill the ear dropper or the syringe with a bit of olive oil.’

Place your cat on a table and if your cat is more agitated, get someone to help you and hold his back and front legs.

“If your cat is smaller, you may pack him in a warm, comfortable towel, as he is more likely to stay put.”

Read more: Cleaning Cat Ears with Olive Oil – VetInfo 

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Cleaning Cat Ears

Dogs come when they’re called; cats take a message and get back to you.” Or maybe your cats won’t come when they are called because they can’t hear you.

It is probably time to learn how to clean your cat’s ears. Ear cleaning is an important part of your cat’s grooming and overall health care. You can avoid some serious problems by learning how to clean your cat’s ears or by having a vet or professional groomer do it for you.

Let’s begin with a quick cat anatomy review, so you’re familiar with all the parts of a cat’s ear.

The Outer Ear: Also known as the pinna or ear flap. This is the visible part of the cat’s ear and it is usually upright with a pointed tip. Some breeds are an exception, such as the Scottish Fold, which has a floppy ear.

Ear Canal: This is a two inch tube-shaped organ that leads to the eardrum. The eardrum, also known as the tympanic membrane, is the essential part of the cat’s hearing. The eardrum vibrates when it picks up sound.

Inner Ear: The part of the cat that’s responsible for maintaining equilibrium and balance.

It’s safe to assume that your cat is probably not going to look forward to his ear cleaning episode. Following a few simple steps can make the process quicker and easier for both you and your pet. You do not need to clean your cat’s ears constantly, but you should check them every other month and be aware of symptoms that might indicate problems with your cat’s ear health.

The most common problem for cats is a parasitic infestation from ear mites. If you notice your cat scratching his ears excessively or shaking his head, this may be a sign of ear mites or another type of ear infection. A trip to the vet will be necessary.

Read more: Cleaning your cats ears on Catster

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