As a proud cat owner, it’s only natural that you want your furry companion to be happy and healthy all the time. Unfortunately, just like people, cats can develop painful, irritating ear infections. This condition is quite common, affecting most cats at least once in their lifetime, but it’s still no fun to see your kitty in pain.
If you notice signs of an ear infection in your cat, bring him to Village Vet of Urbana for treatment. We’re trained to help cats recover from ear infections and teach owners how to prevent them in the future.
Are you afraid your cat might have an ear infection? If so, call us at 301-228-0681 today to schedule an appointment.
Signs of Cat Ear Infections
Your cat’s survival instincts tell him to hide his pain, often making it hard to recognize when he’s unwell. Still, there are certain signs you can watch for that help you identify an ear infection in your cat. The most common symptoms of this ailment include:
- Redness or swelling around the ear
- Yellow or black ear discharge
- Waxy buildup in the ears
- Strong odor coming from the ears
- Frequent head shaking or tilting
- Scratching at the ears
- Disorientation or difficulty balancing
- Hearing loss
If you notice any of these signs, bring your cat to Village Vet of Urbana for professional care.
Reasons Cats Get Ear Infections
Many different problems can cause cat ear infections, including:
- Yeast or bacteria overgrowth
- Wax buildup
- Thick ear hair
- Moisture in the ear canal from bathing or grooming
- Food allergies
- Pollen and other environmental irritants
- Tumors or polyps within the ear canal
- Autoimmune diseases
- Ruptured eardrum
- Foreign bodies in the ear
Treating Cat Ear Infections
First, we diagnose the cause of your cat’s ear infection in our state-of-the-art vet facility. If it appears that a bacterial infection could be to blame, we may send a sample of your cat’s ear discharge to the lab for analysis.
The initial treatment for ear infection is to gently clean your cat’s ears to remove the discharge. We may also trim ear hair to assist with cleaning and drying the ear canal. Then, we apply ointment or eardrops to begin combating the infection. If the middle ear is affected, we may prescribe oral or injectable antibiotics as well. We’ll teach you how to administer medication to ensure a fast healing time at home. Finally, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure the treatment is working properly.
Preventing Cat Ear Infections
The best way to keep your cat happy and healthy is to prevent ear infections before they start. If your cat is prone to this ailment, check his ears frequently for discharge, odor, or redness that indicate an infection. Healthy feline ear canals are pale pink with no visible debris and minimal to no ear wax.
We recommend cleaning your cat’s ears with a vet-approved feline ear cleaner. We can recommend products and show you how to use them. Remember, you should never insert a cotton swab or any other long, thin object into your cat’s ears when cleaning them. This could push debris further into the ear canal or even puncture the eardrum.
Schedule an Appointment at Village Vet of Urbana
Never ignore the symptoms of cat ear infections! Whether you think your cat is in pain or you want to learn the proper technique for cleaning your cat’s ears to prevent future infections, make an appointment at Village Vet of Urbana today. Our helpful staff can treat your kitty and provide personalized tips for keeping him healthy.