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Taking care of my cat’s ears

1 November 2021

The ear is made up of two parts:

  • First, the outer ear, which allows to pick up sounds, amplify them and locate their source. It is made up first of the auricular pinna, this is the visible part of the ear. Then there is the vertical auditory canal, and at a right angle, the horizontal auditory canal with, at its end, the eardrum.
  • The second part, the middle and inner ear, is made up of the tympanic bubble, containing the ossicles, and the labyrinth involved in balance and hearing.

 

Is cleaning your companion’s ears a real necessity?

Usually the cat’s ear is self-cleaning effectively, which is not the case in some dogs, especially those with floppy ears. There is therefore no particular cleaning frequency. Most of the dirt is found in the pinna.
Even so, if he is itching or moving, unusual, or not pricking up his ears as usual, don’t hesitate to see your veterinarian to investigate the cause. Get your companion used to being handled from an early age will save you inconvenience with hygiene care.

 

How to care about them?

It is very important not to use a cotton swab or cotton wool because the external ear canal being at a right angle, dirt and earwax are pushed past the angle and a plug can be created. It is best to use wipes or compresses and use a dedicated ear solution.

Follow these steps for a good maintenance:

  • prepare all the requested materials
  • hold the pinna and with the other hand gently place the tip of the bottle at the entrance to the duct. Pour the product inside
  • gently massage the ear for a few seconds
  • your companion will shake his head
  • wrap a compress or a tissue around your finger to collect secretions and excessive product from the duct.

 

How to choose among all cleansers?

You have to choose your cleanser in relation to the problem encountered as well as the type of secretion. Do not hesitate to follow the advice of your veterinarian.

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