How to clean a cat’s ears correctly and without pain

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Your cat’s ears fill with wax in the same way as yours. Therefore, it is necessary that you carry out a biweekly control so that your kitten has perfect ears. We give you the basic notions regarding how to clean your cat’s ears.

Cats are animals with a very large hearing capacity and they are also independent enough to carry out very good body hygiene, including their own ears. But that does not mean that from time to time you keep an eye on their ears and ears for a check and cleaning. 

How to clean a cat’s ears

At least once every two to three weeks you should clean your cat’s ears to maintain good hygiene.

Step 1: clean the outer part of the ear

The outer part of the ear is cleaned with a damp towel and a little of your special shampoo for cats , nothing to use yours.

Gently massage the area to be cleaned until lathering. Then remove all traces of shampoo with a dry towel and try to make it as dry as possible, especially in winter, so as not to cause the cat any skin problems.

Step 2: clean the inside of the cat’s ear

For the inside of the ear you have to use gauze, never use a cotton ball because the fibers could stay inside and end up causing an infection. Roll the sterile gauze over your finger and gently push it into the ear to remove as much wax as possible.

How to clean your cat’s ears: practical advice

  • It will be easier to carry out this process if you get the animal used to doing it from a young age.
  • Never insert any object to clean ears such as cotton swabs or anything similar because you could harm them. Always use your finger to clean the inside of a cat’s ears.
  • Drain the gauze that you are going to use well so that it does not drip into the ear. It could build up and cause infections.
  • Be clear that you will not be able to leave the cat’s ear 100% clean inside. There is a depth limit that you cannot go over or else you will hurt her.
  • When you bathe it, try not to get soap in the ear as it is one more cause of the excessive wax that is created inside the ear.
  • If your cat is long-haired, here you can see the most beautiful breeds with this characteristic, pay special attention to their ears since having more hair will store more wax. Increase the frequency of revision to at least once a week and comb it regularly to remove all hair, including the outer part of the ears.
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You see that cleaning a cat’s ears is not a very easy task, but if the feline gets used to the process from a young age, you have a large part of the situation under control and in your favor. Do not forget to always be careful to avoid infections and other discomfort to the feline.

How to examine a cat’s outer ear

For a good examination of the external ear of a cat, special attention must be paid to the pinna . But do you know what that is?

The pinna is like a bag that the cat has on the edge just below its ears.

  • The surface of this must have a very fine layer of hair on the surface, this means that everything is going well.
  • The inside should be clean and light pink. If you see that it has swollen a little or that it takes on a somewhat reddish color, the best idea is to take the cat to the vet so they can examine it, as it will surely have an infection.

How to Examine a Cat’s Inner Ear

Checking the inside of the ear is a delicate process, due to the possibility of causing some damage to the feline, so arm yourself with patience and always do it carefully.

Better if the cat is in its calmest state and in a space that conveys confidence and serenity. When you see that he is calm, gently bend his ear so you can see the ear canal.

The inner ear should be pale pink , it should not smell bad and it will always have a little wax, although it is not a problem if it has nothing, it is normal in both cases.

If the cat has an excess of wax or a somewhat strange smell, it could be that it has otitis or some other infection. Take him, without hesitation, to the vet.