How to Clean a Cat’s Ears – Step by Step

The cat’s ears, due to their own morphology, require human assistance to extract dirt and foreign bodies that may be lodged in them. The characteristic adventurous spirit of felines encourages them to explore new places, which can often be dirty.

Therefore, and in order that your pet does not suffer the consequences of an ear infection or otitis , pay attention to the recommendations that we provide below on how to clean a cat’s ears. Can you come with us?

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Create a routine

As with all habits that have to do with grooming the cat, getting it used from a puppy is the key to making it appear more relaxed every time you have to clean its ears.

At the same time, do not stop caressing him and talking softly to him, showing him all your love. Your attitude will change instantly when you see that you have no reason to be alert, your stress will subside. Also, don’t forget to reward him once you’re done so he can link him to a routine that wasn’t too bad.

Steps to follow to clean a cat’s ears

Given the delicacy of feline ears, you should only apply specific products, those recommended by your veterinarian, and do so gently. Whether they are cleaning eye drops, wax removers or products with antibacterial or fungal repellants, they should not be irritating to the ear canal .

Nor should you insert the tip of the container into his ear to preserve the sterility of the cleaner, something especially relevant if you have more than one cat at home. Never insert cotton buds or any such object into the ear, as it could pierce the ear drum and make it deaf or seriously injure it.

Step 1, immobilization

The first thing you should do is pick up your pet and place it on your lap. Make sure that you are in a less crowded part of the house and that you are both relaxed. Next, you will need to take a towel to immobilize it. Thus, it will not be able to get away or scratch you.

Step 2, external cleaning

It is recommended that once you have raised your kitty’s ear, proceed with the cleaning of the outside of it. Roll a sterile gauze over your finger , moisten it with physiological saline or with the cleanser that the specialist has prescribed for you and wring it out. Then, you should gently pass it on the external surface to remove the dirt.

This will be the time to check for signs of ear infection. We mean foul-smelling discharge, excessive wax, scabs, wounds, reddened areas, parasites, or pain when you try to manipulate his ear. A healthy ear is light pink in color and has no parasites or secretions.

If, on the other hand, your pet’s ears are not healthy, you should go immediately to the vet to prescribe the corresponding medication. The route of administration will be similar to the one you adopt every 2 weeks to clean his ears.

Step 3, the internal cleaning

This is the most delicate stage of the entire routine and it is that you should not exceed the dose of cleaner that you apply to your cat’s ear. Moisture in the feline ear is synonymous with infection.

Once you have provided the drops that are indicated on the container itself, you must massage the ear so that the cleaner penetrates , does its job and manages to dilute the adhered dirt. With a sterile cotton or gauze you should remove said dirt making sure that the ear is dry, free of dirt, but also of cleaner.

Step 4, the reward

As we announced previously, positive reinforcement must become your ally to consolidate each achievement you achieve together. You will surely be delighted to devour those cat treats or cookies that you love so much.

Cleaning the ears of Sphynx cats

The Sphynx cat is perhaps the most popular of the hairless cat breeds, probably due to its peculiar appearance and affectionate character. However, Sphinxes like Peterbald tend to accumulate abundant earwax between the folds of their ears. Therefore, in these breeds it is recommended that the cleaning of the ears be carried out once a week.

Otherwise, this excess wax will be the perfect claim for the ear mites, with the complications that this can entail for the welfare of the animal. Consequently, if you have a Sphynx as a pet, you should use a swab soaked in cleaner to sanitize the folds, but only the folds and the surface.

Once again, it should be repeated that it is totally inadvisable to insert the swab inside the ear due to the dangers that it entails.

One final tip

In addition to all that we have explained to you, it is worth taking care of your kitty’s diet, since with a balanced and nutritious diet your pet will get all the nutrients it needs and its defenses will be strengthened to deal with parasites and infections .

You know, like to explain the address to the bathroom at the entrance ” C ow and when to bathe a cat “, make sure your ears are dry and never delve objects in them. Ready to put it into practice?


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