Ear Cleaning for Cats
Just like trimming your cat's nails/claws on a weekly basis, you should also inspect, and if needed, clean your cat's ears at the same time. If you do this on a routine basis, you will ensure that your cat is not developing any type of ear problem (discharge, ear mites, etc.).
Other articles in Persian cat care are:
- Cotton balls or cotton make-up pads;
- Ear cleansing solution. There are two ear cleansing solutions recommended. We EXCLUSIVELY use the PinkPawPal products on our cats and kittens.
- PinkPawPal Ear Cleansing Solution (a natural product). The Ear Cleansing Solution by PinkPawPal gently cleans ears and prevents mites.
- LA Ear Care Formula, a natural product) which cleans ears and eliminates odor, dissolves ear wax and removes dirt and debris by bringing it to the surface. Ear Care Formula dries the ear (does not contain any alcohol which many other products have).
- A second person (optional); and
- Your cat's favorite treats
How to Clean The Ear
Inspecting your cat's ears as part of regular grooming will help prevent ear infections that might otherwise go unnoticed and untreated.
To clean your cat's ear, gently grip the top of the ear and gently turn the ear flap inside out until you can clearly see the interior. If the ear appears clean there is no need for you to clean it. If the ears show signs of any discharge (other than brown ear-wax or dirt) such as green or yellow pus, red or dark red/black (which smells pretty bad), or any other discharge out of the ordinary, take your cat to the veterinarian as these types of discharge indicate a bacterial, fungal infection or a mite infestation.
Moisten a cotton ball or cotton make-up pad with the ear cleaner and gently wipe inside the cat's ears. Do not go too deep into the ear canal as this could impact (rather than remove) the buildup you are attempting to eliminate. Never use a Q-Tip unless instructed to do so by your vet. As with humans that old adage that doctors are always telling us "do not put anything smaller than your pinky finger into the ears" applies to our cats also.
After cleaning your cat's ears, praise and pet the cat and offer it treats. Offering your cat affection and a favorite treat at the end of ear cleaning or nail trimming will help to ensure that in the future, the cat will not associate grooming as a distasteful experience.
- Grooming is easier and less traumatic for all involved if your cat is looking for attention or feeling sleepy. A cat who is in an energetic or playful mood is more likely to struggle and scratch during grooming.
- If your cat will not cooperate for the cleaning, get a second person to help hold the cat, using minimal restraint, remembering the more restraint used will cause the cat to become less cooperative and it may be more inclined to claw and try to escape. Additionally, it will be more difficult to clean your cat's ears the next time if this experience is traumatic to your cat.
- If you have any doubt about cleaning your cat's ears, the type of discharge that you find, or the experience is too traumatic for the cat, consult your vet.