The majority of the time, it is canines with ear problems, but many felines suffer ear problems too. Here are few that we see and what to look for in symptoms:
- Otitis: inflammation of the ear leading to infection. Again this is more common in dogs, but also a problems in cats. These can be caused by allergies and atopy. Your cat will have a smell and redness in the ears. Of course they will scratch at the ears. They usually have a painful meow to let you know they are hurting.
- Ear Mites are the most common in cats, especially kittens. These are parasites inside the ear. Cats will scratch almost violently to stop the itching. If you see black crusty in the ears, better come in, we perform a simple test call ear mite cytology and then administer treatment in the office. This is a contagious condition, so other felines in the house need to be treated as well. Don’t be surprised if we send treatments home for you to administer or have you bring the other felines in for us to treat.
- Polyps are benign tumors. Less common that ear mites and otitis, they are still found in some young cats between the ages of 1-4. If your cat is having a head tilt and/or trouble walking on consistent basis, it is time to have the vet check the ears. If they are too large or causing difficulty they can be surgically removed.