Those who think that cleaning cat ears is easy are those who never tried it before. Cat owners often find that these four-legged fluff balls fight back when they encounter something they dislike. This can include everything from the way you pet their backs to the way you clean their ears. As the ears are quite sensitive, cats will often fight back because they feel threatened. The more often you clean their ears, the more they’ll grow comfortable with the process and the less they will fight back.
So why clean cats’ ears? Humans produce ear wax, which covers the inside of the ears and protects those ears from damage. But cats are not lucky enough to produce the same wax. The main reason you want to clean their ears is that you need to remove the mites living inside. These insects will bite their ears and cause extreme pain as well as inflammation in the ears. Cleaning cat ears can also prevent infections caused by a build-up of bacteria or yeast.
9 Effective Ways How to Clean Your Cat
1. Keeping Your Cat Calm
Keeping your cat calm is the key to cleaning cat ears without your pet attacking you. Sit in a comfy spot in your home that has a lot of light available with your cat in your lap. Pet and stroke your cat in the same way that you would any other day. Do until the cat feels comfortable and safe. Now is the perfect time to inspect the ears and find out if your cat needs a good cleaning.
Lift the tip of the ear slightly as you peel the ear back. Any dark spots or discolorations are signs that the cat needs its ears cleaned. If you have a tough time seeing inside the ears, you can use a small flashlight.
2. How to Clean Cats Ears: Beginning the Process
Most pet stores sell disinfectants designed for use with cats. Leave the bottle sitting out for a few hours or overnight to bring it up to temperature. This will keep the pet from jumping. Squeeze a few drops of the liquid directly into the ear before gently rubbing the base of the ear.
This simple motion will help the fluid move deeper into the ear canal. Make sure that you use the proper dosage as specified on the bottle.
3. Removing the Liquid
It’s important that you do not use too much liquid or that you leave the liquid in when cleaning cat ears. It matters mostly because this can damage your pet’s ears. Give the cat a few minutes to roam around the house. You should notice the cat shaking its head, which is completely normal.
Pull the cat back into your lap. Then use a cotton ball dipped in warm water to gently remove any excess liquid or build up. Rub the cotton ball across the inside of the ear until it appears healthy and pink.
4. How to Make Your Own Cleaner
If you cannot find ear disinfectant in your local pet store, you can make your own. A workable solution is equal parts apple cider vinegar and warm water. But you can also use equal parts vinegar and rubbing alcohol.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular choice for outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats. It can repel any fleas they come into contact with. Also, it keeps mites from getting in their ears. No matter what solution you decide on, you can apply it in the same way you would a disinfectant.
5. How to Clean Out Ear Mites in Cats
Ear mites are parasites that live in the ears of cats. They can burrow deep into the ear canals. At the first sign of redness in the ears or an infection, you should thoroughly clean the cat’s ears and kill the mites.
Look for miticide ear drops, which manufacturers make specifically for killing ear mites. After cleaning the ears, apply a few drops of the liquid into each ear. Then massage to force the liquid into the canals. If you prefer a homeopathic remedy that will kill ear mites, opt for yellow root extract. Apply either liquid once a day until the condition clears up.
6. Can You Use Hydrogen Peroxide?
When it is time to clean your cat ears, hydrogen peroxide might be the first thing that you reach for. You may assume that it’s safe and healthy. Before you use peroxide, ask your veterinarian because not all doctors approve of using this liquid.
If you do use peroxide, pour the liquid into a small bowl or cup and let it reach room temperature. Dip a cotton swab in the liquid, push your cat’s ear back slightly and rub the swab just around the outside of the ear.
7. Cleaning Cat’s Eyes
While your cat is in a good mood, you can go ahead and clean its eyes at the same time. Cats with long hair are particularly susceptible to mats and dark spots under the eyes. Use a small cotton ball dipped in water that you gently rub across the cat’s eyelid and along the base of the eye.
As many cats dislike water, you may need to hold it firmly by the base of the neck as you clean its eyes. You can also place one to two drops of eye drops in each eye.
8. How to Clean Up Cat Vomit
Though cleaning cat ears is easier than you may think, you may find that your cat has an adverse reaction to the experience and vomits on your floor. When this happens, use a paper towel to pick up as much of the vomit as you can.
9. How to Clean Your Cats’ Ear Infections?
One of the most important aspects of ear cleaning is to make sure that ear is free from any form of debris, wax, or ear infections. If you look at the outer ear closely, you will find a hair layer without bald spots. Inspect the middle ear, and all other parts of the ear including the ear flap as well as the eardrum, for any possible occurrence of infection.
In the presence of an infection, clean your cat’s ear gently. Use a cleaning solution such as a hydrogen peroxide or a phytovet ear cleansing solution to kill fungi or bacteria or other organisms that cause the infection. Ear cleaning should be conducted gently and thoroughly to prevent infection from coming back.
From Cleaning to Purring
Use more paper towels to remove as much of the liquid from the spot as you can. Pay special attention not just to the outer ear but also to the inner part of the ear. You can then use a combination of equal parts apple cider or distilled white vinegar and chilly water that you apply to the area and blot up with more towels. Baking soda sprinkled over the surface can absorb the liquid too.
With these tips and steps, you’ll find cleaning cat ears is something that you can easily do. It may seem a bit uncomfortable for your cat at times. But do remember that it is a habit you should have. When you are cleaning the years of your cat, you are making sure it is healthy.
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