Home Remedies for Cats with Ear Infection

Posted by: Home Remedies For Cats  :  Category: ear infection

What are ear infections?

There are different types of ear infections. The most common types are infections of the external ear canal and infections of the middle ear. If left untreated, ear infections can lead to more serious problems such as loss of hearing and neurological problems. If a middle ear infection develops, facial paralysis may also occur. However, with prompt treatment ear infections can be treated successfully.

Ear infections in cats can be caused by a variety of factors but most are caused by bacteria or yeast. Earwax, debris or parasites can become trapped in the cat’s ear and can also lead to an ear infection as can improper cleaning. Not all cats are affected equally by the condition. Persian breeds are more susceptible to these infections than ordinary moggies.

Cats with ear infection may display any of the following symptoms:

  •     shaking the head or holding it to one side
  •     scratching or pawing at the ears
  •     pain in the ear
  •     rubbing ears against furniture or carpet
  •     yellow, brown or black discharge in the ears
  •     red, inflamed or tender ears
  •     foul odour coming from the ears

Treatment for cat ear infection

Like for humans ear infections in cats need to be properly diagnosed. Treatment will largely depend on the underlying cause and the severity of the infection. Underlying conditions such as allergies, tumors or polyps may bring about ear infections but can be controlled with immediate treatment.

Take your cat to the vet and get a diagnosis. Your vet will examine the ear canal and determine whether the eardrum is intact. A ruptured eardrum or one filled with fluid points to a middle and inner ear infection. Your vet will also determine the cause of the infection.

Conventional medications to treat the symptoms include antibiotics or antifungal drugs. In more severe cases, surgical procedures may be necessary.

Home remedies for cats can bring relief from the symptoms and help maintain ear health. Herbs like rosemary, marigold and mullein have been proven to be beneficial in the treatment of ear infections. They can help to keep the ear clean and soothe any itching.

Whatever medication you use, daily cleaning your cat’s ears for at least one week is a must. Use a cotton ball rather than Q-tips to avoid damage to the inner ear. Also avoid cleaning solutions that contain fragrances and dyes as these can be an irritating. Use an alcohol-free and non-toxic solutions instead. Diluted tea tree oil is a good option.

If the infection is caused by ear mites, follow the procedures outlined in Home Remedies for Cats with Ear Mites. For cankers use one of the treatments described in Home Remedies for Cats with Cankers.



Home Remedies for Cats with Cankers

Posted by: Home Remedies For Cats  :  Category: cankers

What are cankers?

A canker is a fungal disease of woody plants. Weeds and other organic substances that enter the ear combined with moisture can result in an ear canker.  It causes inflammation and infection in the ear and auditory canal. Canker infections can produce a foul smell and a darkish discharge that emanates from the ear. Like ear mites, this infection causes cats pain and irritation.

Natural remedies for treating ear cankers

Natural remedies are highly beneficial for treating cankers and maintaining ear health in cats. They are safe to use and have no side effects. Herbs such as rosemary, marigold and mullein combined with tea tree essential oil keep the ear canals clear and free of blockages, soothe itching and maintain the normal balance of flora in the ears. There a some ready-made natural remedies available that contain these herbal ingredients such as Ear Dr. from PetAlive.

It is equally possible to make your own natural canker remedies. If the canker is due to a simple infection, clean your cat’s ears internally with a solution of apple cider vinegar and warm water. Mix half a teaspoon of the vinegar with three teaspoons of water. Soak a cotton ball  in the liquid and apply to the inside of the ear, three times during the day. Alternatively, wash the ears three times daily with a witch hazel extract, four drops diluted in a tisane of horehound.

Remove as much as possible of the built-up dark brown matter. Avoid Q-tips for cleaning as they may cause damage to the ear. After cleaning mix 10 drops of lavender essential oil with one teaspoon of almond oil and add six drops of Swedish bitters. Warm the mix slightly until it has reached a tepid temperature and administer four drops into your cat’s ear. Gently massage the area around ear for a few moments afterwards.

Treat the condition during the day and make sure that in the evening you give the ears a good clean out with dry cotton wool until the inside ear is as moisture free as possible. You can also use a hairdryer on low heat to speed up the drying process. Leave the ears dry over night and resume treatment in the morning.

These home remedies for cats will bring speedy relief from the symptoms and cure the condition. If your cat is suffering from ear mites, please read the post on Home Remedies for Cats with Ear Mites.