What You Need to Know About Your Cat’s Ear Health



Ear Mites in Cats

If you see your cat shaking his head and scratching his ears excessively, or if there is an abnormal odor emanating from his ears, he may be suffering from ear mites. Ear mites are the most common mite to infest cats, and they are very contagious, usually spreading to all cats within a household.

Ear mites are tiny crab-like parasites that live in the ear canal and sometimes on the bodies of cats. The presence of mites can cause severe inflammation in your affected cat’s ears.

You can prevent ear mites by drying your cat’s ears after bathing, checking his ears for foreign matter, and promptly visiting the veterinarian at the first sign of trouble. If your feline is already stricken with ear mites, your veterinarian will likely commence treatment by cleaning out your cat’s ears before applying medication, and your vet may also prescribe medication for you to use at home.

Ear Tumors in Cats

Ear tumors are growths associated with the ear. Although ear tumors mostly commonly occur in middle-aged to older cats, it doesn’t hurt for owners to begin monitoring their feline friends for abnormal growths at a young age.

During the early stages of a tumor’s development, most felines demonstrate no clinical signs of illness, and tumors are often incidental findings. Still, there are a number of symptoms cat owners can watch for:

  • Skin changes on the ear
  • Large growths filling the ear canal
  • Bleeding
  • Odor or discharge
  • Nodular masses or ulcers

Treatment for feline ear tumors depends on the tumor type, size, and location. Surgical resection or removal is often the treatment of choice. If your cat suffers a recurrence of signs following the removal of an ear tumor, contact your veterinarian at once.

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