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Your Cat’s Ears

Your cat’s ears are distinctly different from ours in that part of the ear canal is positioned vertically, making it difficult for dirt and debris to work its way out. That’s why regular ear cleanings can go a long way to keeping your kitty’s ears free and clear.

  • Ear Infections
  • Ear Allergies
  • Hematomas

What To Look For

Signs that your cat has an ear infection include:

  • Redness or inflammation
  • Head shaking
  • Excessive scratching
  • Head tilt
  • Unpleasant odor in the ear
  • Walking in circles
  • Rubbing the ear on furniture or the floor
  • Loss of balance

What Is It?

Ear infections (otitis) are among the leading causes for trips to the veterinarian. They are often caused by an overgrowth of bacteria and/or yeast/fungus, but can also be caused by parasites such as fleas and mites, foreign objects, and allergies. They can also lead to a host of problems for your cat. Cats suffering from other conditions that affect the immune system may also be susceptible to ear infections. Allergies to pollen and certain kinds of food proteins increase susceptibility.

What It Means for Your Cat

Ear infections can be extremely painful at worst, and uncomfortable at best. Excessive scratching brought on by ear infections only worsens the condition and can lead to a blood blister, or a hematoma. If the condition goes unattended, cats suffering from ear infections may experience dizziness, loss of balance, and hearing loss.

How You Can Help

If you suspect your cat has an ear infection, consult your veterinarian. To help prevent ear infections, do weekly ear checks and cleaning when you see waxy build up or detect a bad odor. This can go a long way toward avoiding bacterial and fungal overgrowth, which can lead to painful infections.

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What To Look For

Signs that your cat has ear allergies include:

  • Excessive scratching
  • Head shaking
  • Inflammation
  • Redness in the ear

What Is It?

Allergies that affect your cat’s ears can be brought on by a variety of factors. Food proteins and pollen can be culprits, and allergic reactions to flea and mite bites are an all-too-common, but preventable, occurrence.

What It Means for Your Cat

Aside from causing extreme discomfort, allergies can cause your cat to scratch excessively, which can lead to infections. Infections can, in turn, cause your cat to frequently shake his or her head, which can lead to hematomas.

How You Can Help

If you suspect your cat has allergies, consult your veterinarian. Preventive steps can help reduce the likelihood of ear allergies. Because flea bites and mites are a common cause, protecting your cat against these pesky parasites is your best defense.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Medicated Ear Rinse
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What To Look For

Signs that your cat is suffering from hematomas include:

  • Warm ears
  • Ears painful upon touch
  • Swelling of the ear flap

What Is It?

Hematomas are caused by trauma to the ear, resulting in blood accumulating in the skin of the ear flap. Any ear discomfort can cause your cat to scratch and shake his or her head excessively, which can lead to a hematoma.

What It Means for Your Cat

Hematomas can be painful and often require surgery. Post-operative care is also required to ensure your cat doesn’t continue to scratch at the ear while it’s healing, which usually takes two to three weeks.

How You Can Help

A preventive regimen can help you and your cat avoid this painful condition by reducing the chances of infection. This includes periodic cleaning and protecting your cat and his or her environment from fleas and ticks.

Products That May Help

PetArmor® Medicated Ear Rinse
PetArmor®
PetArmor® Plus

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