How and how to clean your cat’s ears at home
Cleaning ears in cats is a necessary hygiene measure. The skin of the inner surface of the cat’s ear releases sebum and moisture along with metabolic products. Also, dust particles are constantly entering the external part of the ear canal. To remove all these unnecessary substances in the skin of the auricle there are specific glandular formations producing sulfur. The emitted sulfur does not allow accumulated dirt to penetrate into the deeper parts of the ear. However, excess sulfur production and its accumulation are harmful to animals. Therefore, all cats need preventive hygiene measures.
General Cat Ear Care
To ensure proper care for your pet’s ears, regular inspections of the auricles are necessary in the first place. The technique is quite simple: you need to slightly bend, turn the auricle so that you can examine its inner surface. At the same time, the animal does not experience pain, but still your movements should be accurate. The inner surface of the auricle is normally clean, without dark spots, overlays, crusts, tubercles, various secretions.
Naturally, not all animals will sit still while you inspect. It is best when the pet is accustomed to this procedure from an early age. Then he will not be afraid, scratch, and try to break out. If the cat is difficult to keep, you can try to fix it by wrapping it in a towel for the duration of the examination. So you protect yourself and the animal from possible damage.
What to do if during inspections large accumulations of sulfur are constantly detected? Or did her color suddenly change? These signs may be the initial manifestations of a specific ear disease, so you should definitely consult a specialist for advice.
How often to clean your ears
The question of how often to clean your ears is debatable. Some experts believe that these hygiene measures should be weekly, while others say that once a month will be enough. In fact, the frequency of cleaning depends on many factors, such as the breed of the cat, health status, level of activity of the animal, age.
Active pets who walk a lot require more frequent hygiene procedures than pets who prefer not to leave their apartment or home.
In some thoroughbred cats, sphinxes, for example, sulfur is released in a larger amount relative to representatives of other breeds. The reason for this phenomenon is that the coat protects the external part of the ear canal from pollution, and in short-haired and, especially, “bald” cats, dirt freely enters the ears, and earwax is produced in large quantities for protection.
Therefore, the owner of the pet must determine the frequency of ear cleaning, because it is all very individual, and depends on the particular pet, its habits and needs.
What materials do you need to clean your pet’s ears?
Hygienic cotton buds, cotton buds, clean, dry wipes.
Special cleansers – gels or lotions. They can be bought at almost any pet store. It should be remembered that there are means for the prophylactic cleansing of the ears, and various therapeutic agents in drops. These funds can only be used by specialists in diseases of the ears. You do not need to use them yourself, without the recommendation of a veterinarian.
Hygienic powder for cats. It is also used only for copious discharge, when the animal suffers from some kind of ear disease. For preventive cleaning, such a powder does not need to be used.
The right ear cleaning technique
If your cat categorically does not want to undergo a procedure for cleaning his ears, and is trying in every possible way to get out of his hands, then it is better to fix the animal in advance with a towel.
Next, you need to slightly turn the auricle. Moisten a cotton pad with a special cleaning agent, and then wipe the inside of the auricle, accessible to visual inspection, with a cotton pad. Then with the help of a clean cotton pad or cloth, you need to remove the remaining sulfur and the remnants of the cleanser from the surface of the ear. Moreover, all movements should be directed outward, but not inward, since there is a risk of damaging the deeper parts of the ear and introducing an infection there. From the deep sections, the remnants of the lotion or gel can be removed using hygienic cotton buds.
What should not be done when cleaning ears in cats?
The crucial point throughout the procedure is that only the visible part of the auricle can be cleaned. Attempts to penetrate deeper will only harm the animal.
It is undesirable to use various folk remedies made on their own solutions. Their use will harm the cat: it is possible to dry out the epidermis of the inner surface of the ear, the development of allergic reactions.
Do not clean your pet’s ears at home, on your own, if during examination purulent discharge, crusts, tubercles, dark spots are found.