How To Clean Cat Ears – Step By Step Instructions

Cleaning a cat's ears

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.

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Cat Grooming – How To Groom A Cat

Grooming a cat

It isn’t always necessary to groom a cat with a short coat; however, you may choose to for a show or just as a way to spend some time with your beloved feline.  Long-haired cats do need some maintenance, or their coat will quickly become matted.

Start from an early age, so your cat becomes accustomed to it. It should be an enjoyable experience for both you and the cat.

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How To Clean A Litter Tray – Step By Step Guide

Choosing a litter tray

Daily maintenance

Litter trays should be scooped at least once a day (twice is better), with all solids removed. Clumping litter causes cat urine to clump (hence the name), obviously, making this easier to scoop out too. If too much litter has been removed, top up with a little fresh litter.

Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning litter boxes, and if you are pregnant, avoid litter tray duties to minimise the risk of exposure to toxoplasmosis.

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Weaning in Kittens

Weaning kittens

The weaning process is the transition from drinking milk to eating solids which occurs gradually over several weeks. Kittens begin to show an interest in food around four weeks of age. At this time, they are still nursing frequently from their mother, but begin to eat a small amount of food; this gradually increases as the weeks go by.

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