Ear Flap Wounds in Cats
Any cat ear wound, no matter how minor, is likely to bleed a great deal.
Even if the actual wound does not cause the cat any real pain, the irritation of blood running down the ear is likely to cause him to scratch at his ear and shake his head.
Earflaps are often bitten and scratched during fighting, and some felines, particularly farm cats, may injure their ear flaps in their usual day-to-day life.
After cleaning with saline solution, cover minor wounds with antiseptic ointment, cream or powder. If the wounds look inflamed within a few days of the injury, consult the vet, as antibiotic treatment may be required.
- What to do
With someone restraining the cat, the wounds should be cleaned using a saline solution. Once cleaned, it will be possible to see the extent of the damage; if this is significant, seek veterinary treatment as the wounds may need suturing.
- Take any cat showing any of the symptoms of irritated ears to the vet as soon as possible – immediately if you suspect a foreign body is lodged in the ear.
- Never attempt to remove a blockage yourself, as you may damage the cat’s ear permanently.
- Don’t put any liquid, ointment or other medication inside the cat’s ears unless on the direction of your vet, and don’t attempt to put any solid object inside the cat’s ear, including cotton buds, which may also damage the ear.
- Discharge from the ear should not be interfered with until your vet has symptoms of diabetes mellitus are seen in queens just after they have started oestrus.
Ear Canker otitis in Cats
Inflammation of the skin lining the ear, otitis is one of the most common conditions in cats, and may occur in one or both ears.
These may include regular ear- scratching and head-shaking, discharge or smell from the ear and reddening of the inner ear flap and/or the ear hole. The cat may well hiss at anyone who ventures to touch him around the ear.
Normally, the amount of wax produced in a cat’s ear is exactly the same amount that is lost naturally. Much of the wax is lost through evaporation of the water from the wax. Problems occur when the ears do not get proper ventilation and the wax builds up. This excess wax causes irritation, and the ear is stimulated to produce even more wax. This leads to ideal conditions for normally harmless fungi and bacteria to grow and prosper. Ear mites, foreign bodies in the ear and skin problems can also cause otitis.
Treatment may include syringing of the ear, or the application of topical medicine, such as ear drops or ointment. Whatever medications are prescribed, it is important that you administer them exactly as instructed, and always finish the course of treatment. In serious cases of recurring otitis, surgery may be necessary to improve ear ventilation. Even though otitis is not a serious condition, if not properly treated it can become chronic, causing severe problems and possibly damage to parts of the ear and the cat’s hearing.