Feline ear infections are often caused by ear mites, fungus, bacteria or a scratch to the ear. These are only some of the common causes for ear infections.
- Foul odor
- Inflammation: Ear will appear red and may feel hot
- Itching or scratching
- Head shaking or rubbing
- Swollen ear flap
Ear mites are the most common cause for ear infections. Water in the ears, fungal infections and bacterial infections can cause ear infections which can be picked up from other animals and the environment the cat is living in.
Always try to keep the cat’s ears clean and check regularly for any signs of an ear infection. Cat ear cleaner can be found in the pet’s section of most stores. As always regular check up with a vet can help to prevent many of the common cat illness today.
Ear Infections are often treated by cleaning any debris from the ear using soft cotton gauze and then applying a topical treatment to the ear. In some areas a topical skin treatment can be bought over the counter if you are aware as to what is causing the ear infection. These treatment remedies will have written instructions and cautions for treating your cat. Some veterinarians may prescribe an injection for multiple cats infected that live in the same home.