From time to time it will be necessary to clean your cat’s ears. It is a good idea to get into the habit of performing a weekly check-up of your cat’s ears so that you can quickly spot any problems. The ears are susceptible to several disorders, including:
- Ear mites – Spider-like mites which live in the ears causing discomfort and inflammation. Signs of ear mites include a coffee grounds appearance, itching, and head shaking.
- Ear infection – Bacterial or fungal infection of the ear characterised by itching, bad odour and discharge.
- Ear hematoma – A pocket of blood on the pinnae (outer part of the ear).
- Sunburn (solar dermatitis)
- Squamous cell carcinoma – Cancer of the ear, as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun. This occurs most often in white cats.