How do I clean my cat's ears?

Cats need their ears cleaned in many cases, as some cats will produce much more wax than others. If the wax accumulates for too long, it can produce hearing problems as it stops up the ears. Sometimes it also smells. Be aware that excessive ear wax can be a sign of more serious problems, such as ear infections or cat ear mites.

   

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You can take a cat to the vet to have them clean the ears (which may be a good idea if you've suddenly noticed a problem with wax, because it's good to get the cat inspected if it seems like there's a problem). However, you can also do it at home.

The easiest way to do this is using cat ear wipes. You can get them online here:

You can also do it with home-made stuff. You'll need some kind of cat ear cleaner - hydrogen peroxide mixed 50/50 with water can work for this. Use cotton balls to wipe the inside of the ear. Get them wet in the ear cleaner mixture. Then gently wipe the inside of the ear with the cotton ball. It's a sensitive part of the cat, so don't get rough. Your cat may fight you on this, but usually they adjust to it pretty well. Also know that if your cat's ears are infected, it may hurt for you to touch it - that can cause scratching and biting. Don't get mad at the cat, take it to the vet. You can also put a couple of drops of the ear cleaner into the cat's ear, and then gently massage the ear at its base. Let the cat go for a few minutes so it shakes its head around and gets it in there. That will move the dirt, making it easier to get at with the cotton ball. Make sure to check for discharge from its ears when you're cleaning.

One warning: Whatever you do, DO NOT STICK SOMETHING DEEP INTO THE CAT'S EARS. Many doctors recommend that even humans should not use ear swabs - the reason is that it is easy to rupture the eardrum by poking against it. You should clean the outer part of the cat's ears - the part you can easily see. The little hole you should leave alone, even if it's a little dirty. Ear wax is not something bad - it's healthy and even necessary, and it will come out naturally on its own. That's why cotton balls are better - because dabbing at the cat's ear won't hurt anything, while shoving something in there might. 

If you don't want to use the hydrogen peroxide, there's some cat ear cleaner for sale online here:

 

 

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