Ear infections could be yeast or bacterial. A cat with healthy ears will probably withstand having illnesses but when his ears become compromised somehow, a disease can develop and he’ll start to show symptoms of this disease. Things which may cause an ear infection include injury to the ear, parasites, allergies, changes in your cat’s thyroid or hormones degrees, and a foreign body that is stuck in the ear and moisture from the ear.
If your cat has an ear infection, there are some symptoms which can tip you off:
* Poor odor * Changes in behavior like depression or irritability * Discharge * Infection round the ears * Redness or swelling of the ear flap and/or canal * Scratching or rubbing of the ears and head * Shaking of the head or leaning it to a side
Cats with long ears are particularly susceptible to infections, particularly cats with long hair like the Cocker Spaniel. If any moisture gets trapped within the ear, this can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and yeast infections.
Cats with food allergies often have itching which contributes to your cat scratching the ears. The scratching can result in injury of their ears that then contributes to ear disease. Ear mites may also drive a few cats mad and lead them to scratch that will end in injury and disease.
Care Taking care of your cat’s ears will probably keep the majority of these problems from growing. It’s a lot easier to care for them on a weekly basis than to attempt to clear up a terrible disease.
Start with having a cat ear cleaner. It needs to be at room temperature so that it won’t make your cat any distress. You’ll also require a few cotton balls or a soft fabric.
Your cat needs to be seated in front of you, ideally. Start with putting several drops of this cleaner in one ear. Don’t squirt a great deal of the cat ear cleaner on your cat’s ear. It only requires a couple of drops and if you use a lot of it’ll cause your cat uncomfortable.