A healthy cat’s ears are pink and fleshy inside. If you notice a brown discoloration when you peer into your furry friend’s ears, he could have a cat ear infection.
Here’s how to know for sure and what you can do to treat ear infections in cats.
Do Cats Have Earwax?
As with humans, it’s completely normal for a small amount of earwax to form in your cat’s ears. However, excessive wax buildup can occur if your kitty has allergies, systemic inflammation, ear mites, or a bacterial or yeast infection.
A cat’s brown earwax often resembles dirt or dried blood inside the ears. This can cause discomfort and irritation for your furry friend. If you notice other signs of infection, such as scratching and rubbing of the ears, frequent head shaking, or redness and swelling, it’s time to see the vet.
A Feline Ear Exam
When you come to Germantown Vet for a cat ear exam, our trained veterinarians will look into your kitty’s ear canals with a special tool called an otoscope to determine the cause of the brown wax buildup. We’ll also check for secondary infections that may have developed. If we suspect an underlying illness is to blame for the excessive earwax, we’ll perform blood tests during the exam as well.
We can usually begin treatment for ear infections right away by gently cleaning your cat’s ears to remove the wax and any discharge present. Then, we apply the first dose of eardrops or oral medication. We’ll probably send medication home with you and schedule a follow-up visit to make sure the treatment is working.
Cleaning Your Cat’s Ears at Home
Continue to administer medication at home as directed. Remember to never stick anything into your cat’s ear canal, such as a cotton swab, because this could push debris deeper or even rupture the eardrum. Instead, simply administer the eardrops, rub at the base of the ear with your thumb, and gently wipe any excess moisture from the outer ear with a cotton ball. These steps should relieve itching and irritation and restore your kitty to a happy, healthy state.
Continue Inspecting Your Cat’s Ears
Once the infection passes, keep an eye on your cat for reemerging wax buildup. If you notice any brown discoloration starting to appear, apply a bit of vet-approved feline ear cleaning solution, available at any pet supply store.
To help prevent future ear infections, keep your cat indoors where fleas and mites are less likely to cause a problem. If you suspect allergies are to blame, explore the possibility of changing your cat’s diet.
Visit Germantown Vet for Cat Ear Infection Treatment
Ear infections are quite common in cats, but fortunately, treatment is usually very straightforward. Visit our clinic in Germantown today if you notice your cat’s ears are brown, or if he shows other signs of an ear infection. We’ll prescribe a treatment, teach you how to clean your cat’s ears at home, and answer any questions you have about the preventative measures you should take against future infections.
To get your cat on the path to wellness, schedule an appointment at Germantown Vet today. Our helpful and knowledgeable staff can ease your pet’s pain and cure his feline ear infection.