Two things cat owner know: Cats will experience ear problems and that veterinarian bills are expensive. With everyone looking to save money, it is only natural that many pet owners are reading up on home remedies to help cure their ailing animals. By doing careful research and keeping a close eye on your cat it is possible to cure some of these issues with home remedies.
Does My Cat Have An Ear Problem?
Allergies, ear mites, yeast and bacterial infections are the most common ear afflictions. There are some basic signs that indicate that your cat might have one of these problems. Signs include odor, scratching or rubbing ears, discharge in ears, pain around ears, and shaking of head.
Some of the more popular remedies for dealing with feline ear problems are as follows: • Ear Mites – Corn Oil, Mineral Oil, Almond Oil, and Yellow Dock Root Extract For each of these it is recommended that the pet owner soak a cotton ball with one of the aforementioned solutions. The ear is then cleaned with the cotton ball. Depending on the solution, the ears may need to be cleaned from three times a day to every other day. • Bacterial or Yeast Infections – Apple Cider Vinegar Apple Cider Vinegar is the most commonly mentioned home remedy in regards to cat ear problems. To treat the infection it is recommended by many pet owners that a solution of 50 percent cider and 50 percent water is combined in a spray bottle and sprayed into the infected ears at least once a day.
Your Cat's Ears
A cat’s inner ear canal turns like the letter "J." This makes them prone to infection. It also makes them more difficult to clean. A cotton ball and some sort of cleaning solution is the best way to clean the ears. Avoid using a cotton swab, which can push material deeper into the ear canal, impact it, then make the problem worse.
You should always try to keep your cat’s ears clean by checking them on a weekly basis and watching for behavior which could indicate an ear problem. This will ensure that your cat is a healthy and happy member of your family.
Before following any home remedy that you find, research it to ensure that it isn’t going to harm your cat. If your cat continues to experience problems and doesn’t seem to be improving then it may be time to see your local veterinarian.
Jimm Day has taught middle school language arts and history since 2000. He recieved a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Chico State and received his teaching credential in history from Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wa. Prior to teaching, he spent time writing screenplays and was represented by agent David Phillips of Corner of the Sky Entertainment in Hollywood.