Your Cat's Ears – Is He Having Problems?

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Cats can be prone to ear problems. How can you tell if your cat is having problems with his ears? What could the problem be and what do you do to treat it? Here, you'll find a little information to help you identify issues with your cat's ears and resolve the problems to get your kitty back to better quickly.

Ear Symptoms to Be Aware Of

Your cat's behavior will give you some insight as to whether he is having problems with his ears. Symptoms to be aware of include:

Excessive Ear Scratching – Sure, your cat scratches his ears, but if the usual scratching becomes obsessive and never-ending, there's probably something going on with his ears.

Shakes his Head – When your cat constantly shakes his head, there's something bothering him – it could be his ears, eyes, nose, or a skin issue, but something is causing him problems.

Gross Discharge – If you see any kind of discharge coming from the ears, don't wait any longer for treatment. Discharge, odors, swelling, and even redness can all be signs that an infection has developed in the ears and it will continue to get worse until the infection is treated.

If you notice any of the above symptoms that don't seem to be getting better on their own, you must contact your local veterinary hospital and have your cat looked at.


Your cat's vet will work with you to find the cause of the problems and offer whatever solutions are available. The vet will need to know as much about the problem as possible in order to create a successful treatment plan. Expect to be asked:

  • How long have the problems persisted?
  • Has the cat been eating and drinking as usual?
  • Are there any other cats in the home, or has he been hanging out with the neighborhood cats?
  • Has he been behaving as usual?
  • Have you tried any treatments for the ears before you contacted the vet? If so, what were they and was there any improvement?

After the vet has all of the information that he or she needs, your cat will be examined, and a treatment plan established. This may include flushing his ears, a round of antibiotics, or other medications.

Don't put off getting your cat checked out. Sometimes, these things resolve themselves, but many times, you will need to make an appointment with a veterinarian hospital for an assessment and access to medications that you cannot get without your veterinarian's help.


4 November 2018

Loving Your Pets

After our youngest daughter was in high school, I realized that I liked having people around to take care of and that my window for doing that was closing quickly. Instead of having more children, I decided to see about adopting a pet or two. I looked everywhere for a dog and a cat that would meld well with my lifestyle, and it was incredible to find a pet that I really connected with. However, I was able to find pets that I absolutely adored, and so I made them a part of our home. This blog is here to help new pet owners to adjust to their new situation and to learn to love everything about having new pets.