10 Best Cat Ear Cleaners

By Nadine Oraby | 2020 Update

Is your cat prone to ear infections?

Is cleaning your cat’s ears with water not helping?

Maybe its time you invest in a good quality cat ear cleaner.

To help you, I have compiled a list of the best cat ear cleaners in the market today.

But first…

I highly recommend watching the video below that explains how to clean a cat’s ears…


The Best Cat Ear Cleaners

1. My Top Pick – VetWELL Cat and Dog Ear Cleaner – Otic Rinse for Infections and Controlling Yeast, Mites and Odor in Pets


 Key Facts
  • Brand: VetWell
  • Fights: Dirt, Fluid, Wax, Debris, Skin Irritation, Head Shaking
  • Deodorizes: Yes
  • Type of Treatment: Rinse

The most trending rinse solution among cat owners nowadays is the VetWell’s Otic solution. By using this solution, you can not only clean your cat’s ears but also deodorize and dry your pal’s ears.

You can easily use this daily.

This product has Aloe Vera extract in it that is extremely soothing and calming for the skin.

You must know that it is highly important to choose a safe cat ear cleaner as the wrong choice may cause irritation in your pet’s ears.

VetWell cat ear cleaner contains such ingredients that do not cause any burning, stinging or worsen your cat’s ear canal.

What users like the most about this ear cleaner are that it eliminates dirt buildups and infection along with soothing the skin, avoiding any burning or stinging sensation.

An appealing quality of this cleaner is that it is also available in two scents, cucumber melon, and sweet pea vanilla.

This gives the customer the freedom to choose the scent they prefer, and it shows that the brand paid extra attention to odor as the main concern to many pet owners.

 Things I really like
  • 100 percent antiseptic- Its antiseptic property helps in preventing any foreign microorganism from entering or making things worse for your cat
  • Alcohol-free- Since it’s alcohol-free, the process of getting your cat’s ears cleaned will not be painful
  • Non-medicated formula- This rinse can be used anytime anywhere and does not have to be used specifically for an infection
  • Convenient- It is found to be convenient and good for spot treatment
 Things I don’t like
  • Effectiveness- It has been observed that it tends to work well for smaller breeds and less for large breeds
  • Slow results- This cleaner will not act as fast as some other ear cleaners manage to.


2. Chlorhexidine Spray for Dogs + Cats


 Key Facts
  • Brand: Strawfield Pets
  • Fights: Infection, Allergies, Wound, bacteria, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis, Seborrhea, Cat Acne, Pyoderma, Ringworm, Demodectic Mange Treatment, Hotspots, Dandruff
  • Deodorizes: Yes
  • Type of Treatment: Spray

Always remember that your pet’s ears are very sensitive and need to be handled with care. Strawfield Pet spray makes sure to take care of this.

This spray is available for cats of all ages, including kittens as well as senior cats. Unlike many, it is a powerful anti-fungal spray that not only cures infections but dandruff and acne too.

Using this spray fixes the infections and also nourishes your cat’s skin and soothes rashes with the help of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.

It leaves your pet with a pleasant Cucumber Melon scent.

Do you know what the users admire about this spray? It’s the ease of use; it allows you to do a spot treatment on your cat, which makes your life so much simpler.

 Things I really like
  • Safe for any age- If you have cats of different age groups, you do not need to buy separate cleaners for them as this one will do for all ages.
  • Pleasant scent- This cleaner is known for its pleasant scent
  • Anti-fungal- It’s anti-fungal property manages to cure infections, dandruff, and acne
  • Sensitive ears- This cleaner is made keeping sensitive ears in mind, and so it will work well even if your cat’s ears are sensitive
 Things I don’t like
  • Strong- The spray is extremely strong, so it cannot be used all the time
  • Ingredients- The formula is not a 100 percent natural
  • Application- Treatment is in the form of a spray which is not preferred by many

3. Virbac Epi-Otic Advanced Ear Cleaner


 Key Facts
  • Brand: Virbac
  • Fights: Yeast, Bacterial Infections, Bad Odor, Dries and Cleans pet ears
  • Deodorizes: Yes
  • Type of Treatment: Rinse

As the name implies, the Virbac Epi-Otic Advanced Ear Cleaner is no doubt an advanced solution of all the products we have discussed, and we will discuss.

It works by neutralizing the bad odor leaving the ears with a pleasant smell.

It removes away all the adhesives, be it wax or any other buildup.

It contains monosaccharides which aim to soothe any irritation of the skin. Plus, using this cleanser lowers the ability of microorganisms to stick to the skin and reduces the chance of inflammation by discharging a inflammatory mediator.

What makes this ear cleaner stand out is its unique formula which targets the moist ear canals and dries them up immediately.

The good thing about it is how much you get out of this single product. It is a single product with pH moisture control, odor, and infection control.

 Things I really like
  • Multi-purpose- This cleaner is all in one as it fights yeast, bacterial infections and bad odors, while it also dries and cleans your pet’s ears
  • Effective- This Rinse is proven to be an effective treatment for your cat’s ear problems
  • No harsh chemicals- It is safe to use as it contains no harmful chemicals
  • Long term use- It can be used over a long period of time
 Things I don’t like
  • Application- The applicator is in the form of a rinse which many people do not prefer
  • Less Variety- The product has less variety in terms of scent and other variables.

4. Petpost | Pet Ear Cleaner Wipes for Dogs and Cats


 Key Facts
  • Brand: Petpost
  • Fights: Ear Wax, Dirt, Debris and Bacteria
  • Deodorizes: Slightly
  • Type of Treatment: Wipe

These cotton pad wipes are extremely handy and make cleaning easy for lazy cat owners like me.

You can clean your pet’s ears easily without making it angry or irritated using this ultra-soft cotton pads soaked in coconut solution.

It contains Aloe Vera extract, which is known for antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

On the other hand, coconut oil does its wonders by breaking down the ear wax, and you can easily wipe it clean. Coconut oil also soothes the ear canal of your cat while you clean it.

If you look into its ingredients, you might come across phenoxyethanol, which is a preservative and a cleaning agent.

Keep an eye on your cat when you start using these wipes as your pal can be sensitive to phenoxyethanol.

In case you notice any reactions then discontinue its usage and take an appointment from your vet.

 Things I really like
  • All-natural ingredients- This property makes the wipes completely safe to use
  • Gentle on-ear – It is soft and gentle, so it will not put your cat under any discomfort
  • Long term use- It may be used over a long period of time
  • Non-toxic- It is relieving to know that these wipes are 100 percent non-toxic
 Things I don’t like
  • Size of wipes -cotton pads are quite small in size
  • Phenoxyethanol- This ingredient is questionable as your pet may be sensitive to it
  • Impractical- Since this cleaner is available in the form of wipes, it can become impractical as wipes cannot cover all the area you may want to and have limited reach
  • May have side effects- If your cat is allergic to phenoxyethanol it may develop an allergic reaction

5. NHV Echo Gold – Ear Drops to Aid Ear Infections & Inflammation in Dogs, Cats, and Small Animals


 Key Facts
  • Brand: NHV
  • Fights: Inflammation, Itching, Scratching, Ear Discharge, and Odor
  • Deodorizes: Yes
  • Type of Treatment: Drops

This NHV ear drop is formulated with herbs which contain healing and comforting properties.

It is very gentle on the skin and helps in reducing inflammation that might have caused due to excessive scratching and itching.

If your pet has caught any sort of infection, then grab this ear drop as soon as you can as it quickly heals the infection and reliefs your cat from irritation.

The infection may also cause a foul odor, so this NHV Gold ear drop gets rid of the smell too.

You can use this ear drop on a daily basis as it is completely safe to use and in case, your pet has a chronic inflammation on the outer portion of the ear canal then you must use this product.

Always shake the bottle well before using and drop an appropriate number of drops in the ear for effective results.

 Things I really like
  • Herbal- The cleaner is herbal, and so it helps in reducing inflammation
  • Healing properties- It has healing properties which help make your kitty’s ears reach their optimum condition
  • Good for sensitive ears- It is extremely gentle on the skin and non-irritating
  • Safe- All the ingredients present in this formula are 100 percent safe to use
 Things I don’t like
  • Less Usage – This ear cleaner has comparatively less to offer in terms of purpose
  • Needs to be used frequently- For best results you will have to use these drops repeatedly
  • Not very long-lasting- In front of other ear cleaners you may not find this ear cleaner as long-lasting

6. AGC Ear Cleaner, 4 oz – Professional Line for dogs & cats


 Key Facts
  • Brand: AGC Ear Cleaner
  • Fights: Unpleasant Odor and ear impurities
  • Deodorizes: Yes
  • Type of Treatment: Solution

The AGC Ear cleaner appeals to both dog and cat owners like myself.

It is highly recommended for pets as the maintenance of their hygiene should be every pet owner’s top priority.

Its essential oils of thyme aid regular maintenance of the ear (once a week) by completely removing unpleasant odors and impurities from the ear canal.

It is essential to make sure the product you use is safe and has no harmful side effects.

The AGC Ear cleaner prioritizes this a lot and pays close attention to softening and dissolving your cat’s ear secretions as safely as possible with the help of the solution’s healing and antiseptic properties which also enables it to be frequently used without any harm done.

Authenticity and reliability of the product is the main concern for many however the AGC cleaner has left no table unturned as it is trusted by customers from all over due to their 30 years of experience with the same private lab which adds to the reliability of the product.

 Things I really like
  • Reliable – This brand is authentic as it has been using the same laboratory for over 30 years
  • No harmful side effects- This solution contains nothing which may incur any side effects in your pet
  • Deodorizing Properties- The scent of this cleaner is liked by many, and it does the job of removing foul odor really well
  • Easy to use- It is extremely simple to use this cleaner on your pet
 Things I don’t like
  • Not long-lasting- Compared to other brands you may not find this solution to be as long-lasting
  • Limited purpose- The main target of this ear cleaner is to fight unpleasant odor and ear impurities, so it does not have much to offer besides that
  • Effectiveness- You may not find this formula as effective and strong as some of the others

7. Vetericyn Plus VF Otic Rinse Cleaner, 4 oz


 Key Facts
  • Brand: Vetericyn Plus VF Otic Rinse Cleaner
  • Fights: Bacteria, viruses, fungi, contaminants, and pollutants
  • Deodorizes: Yes
  • Type of Treatment: Rinse

When looking for a product, we all look for something which is multipurpose and if that is you then the Vetericyn Plus VF Otic Rinse Cleaner is the product for you.

This cleaner is a blessing when it comes to both the cleaning and treatment of ears which means that not only will your pets’ ear be cleaned but it’ll also treat infections by fighting various kinds of harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, contaminants, and pollutants.

We all want something which is easy to use, and in this case, I found this ear cleaner simple to use as it is in the form of a solution which may be used for rinsing, flushing, cleaning and treatment of wounds and irritation targeting mainly the outer ear and ear canal in pets.

The fact that this solution is non-toxic and has a neutral pH is relieving as this makes the solution safe if licked or ingested, which a big concern when it comes to pets.

The next question which comes to mind is regarding how this solution manages to deal with burning, stinging, and itching while also enabling the removal of pollutants, contaminants, and wound odors.

The answer to this is that it contains compounds like those produced by the animal’s immune system, and this property is extremely beneficial as it also makes the solution non-irritating.

 Things I really like
  • All in one- It is multipurpose as it fights bacteria, viruses, fungi contaminants and pollutants
  • Easy to use- you will find it simple to use and will not cause a headache for you
  • Non-toxic – The solution being non-toxic is a lifesaver as it makes it safe for your pet
  • Non-irritating- Since the formula is non-irritating, your pet will have no difficulties even if it has sensitive ears
 Things I don’t like
  • Price- Expensive
  • No variety in scents- There is less focus on its deodorizing property, and there isn’t much availability when it comes to different scents.

8. Earth Vibes Dog Ear Cleaner – Pet Cat Ear


 Key Facts
  • Brand: Earth Vibes Ear Cleaner
  • Fights: Bacteria, Yeast, Itching, and smell
  • Deodorizes: Yes
  • Type of Treatment: solution

Seeing an animal in pain is extremely difficult, and the only thing which comes to a pet lover’s mind is how to get rid of your pet’s misery as soon as possible, and that’s where the EarthVibes Ear Cleaner comes handy.

The Earth Vibes Ear cleaner is fast-acting, and you can expect results within 24 to 48 hours. Daily use will, of course, help you achieve optimal results.

A good brand must prioritize the safety and security of your pet over anything else.

As an animal lover what I really like about this product is that not only do they promise to ensure the safety of your pet, but they also use natural ingredients without chemical detergents, gluten, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or added colors.

The usage of natural ingredients is something which many brands overlook, and the fact that this brand took this into consideration is wonderful to me

Being a pet owner, I am happy to know that this solution is formulated in the USA using purely natural ingredients, keeping the needs of different animals with different skin types into account.

This one solution can be used for dogs, cats, ferrets, and rabbits and its balanced pH enables it to work for sensitive skin as well because of which you won’t have to run around looking for a separate solution if one of your cats happens to have sensitive skin

 Things I really like
  • Fast-acting- This Ear cleaner claims to provide quick results for your cat’s ears and will act fast to make your cat’s ears reach their best condition
  • Long-lasting- The effects of this solution are long-lasting, and you will not need to worry about your cat’s ears for some time
  • Natural ingredients- The solution contains natural ingredients, so the safety of your pet is in good hands
  • Variety of animals- This ear cleaner is not restricted to be used only on your cat, and it may be used on dogs, rabbits, and ferrets
 Things I don’t like
  • Daily use- For best results it must be used every day
  • Pricey- Some people consider it to be a bit pricey
  • Inconvenient- It can be inconvenient as a solution can create quite a bit of a mess

9. Petsmile PET Smile Natural Healing Ear Wash for CAT 100 mL


 Key Facts
  • Brand: Petsmile
  • Fights: ear mites, bacteria, fungal and general infection
  • Deodorizes: yes
  • Type of Treatment: solution

For some of us, less is more, and in that context, the pet smile natural healing ear wash may appear to many as a normal cat ear cleaner however they have kept it simple by designing this product to be of use specifically for cats.

Being a product of Thailand, it is no doubt a premium quality product containing natural and herbal extraction.

Rather than over-complicating it pet smile has kept it basic for all of us to use.

This natural Healing Ear Wash for Cat will not disappoint you and will provide a quick fix for ear mite, bacteria, fungal and general infections, and there is no need to worry about your pet’s safety as this product has no chemicals and will keep your animal in good hands.

So, all you need to do is pour pet smile ear wash into your cat’s ear canal and restrain it from shaking its head while gently massaging the base of its ear for 60-90 seconds to make sure it penetrates.

Next, remove the excess fluid and debris with a ball of cotton wool or tissue. Do not forget to clean inside the ear flaps. Repeat until the excess fluid no longer looks dirty.

 Things I really like
  • Gentle – The solution is gentle on your cat’s ears so don’t worry about irritation
  • Safe- It is non-toxic in nature, and so there is no need to worry about your pet’s safety
  • Natural and herbal extraction- The cleaner contains herbal extracts which are a good remedy for any kind of infection
  • Long term use- It can be easily used for a long period without any side effects
 Things I don’t like
  • Application- People find it not very convenient to use as it tends to get messy
  • No variety- There is no variety for this product as compared to some other products which are available in different scents according to your liking.
  • Less effective- Even though the product works, some find it comparatively less effective for immediate results
  • Not fast acting- The treatment takes some time, and so you will have to be patient with the results

10. Lively Pets Ultra-Otic Advanced Plus Ear Cleaner for Dogs


 Key Facts
  • Brand: Lively Pets
  • Fights: bacterial, viral and fungal infections and ear mites
  • Deodorizes: yes
  • Type of Treatment: solution

The Lively Pets Ultra- Otic Advanced plus is truly an advanced ear cleaner as unlike most brands, it targets the root cause behind your pet’s infection and eliminates it right away.

It is known by everyone that prevention is better than cure, and that is what this ear cleaner stands for, it effectively deodorizes and soothes damaged tissue leaving your pet with clean and infection-free ears.

This solution is made of quality ingredients which are safe to use while also works efficiently and effectively towards great results.

I prefer to make my pet go under the least amount of pain as possible, and I am glad to know that this product uses Aloe Vera and its amazing soothing properties instead of alcohol

Now the question arises as to how this solution is so strong compared to others, and the answer to that is EDTA.

EDTA is a non-irritating antiseptic that helps drown ear mites and flush the ear canal to remove dirt and debris.

Make sure to always consult a vet before using this product or any other product for that matter. EDTA is a blessing as it is responsible for reducing bacterial and fungal growth, and its quick-drying properties leave the ear canal clean, fresh, and dry.

This brand has succeeded in identifying Yeast overgrowth as the number one cause for ear infections and has aimed to diminish yeast growth first.

We all are aware that yeast overgrowth in the ear canal can be very painful for your dog or cat and thus this ear cleaner keeps the local population of yeast controlled, so that ear infections happen much less.

This cleaner makes sure to help your pet undergo the least amount of pain by killing harmful germs in the ear that cause painful infections leading to increased head shaking, itchy ears, odor, and discharge.

 Things I really like
  • Antibacterial and antiseptic- This cleaner is antibacterial and antiseptic which is vital for a good ear cleaner to have to fight against bacteria
  • Alcohol-free – The solution is alcohol-free thus making it painless for your pet
  • Non-irritating – There is no need to worry about your cat having sensitive ears as this formula is non-irritating
  • Eliminates odor- The cleaner does a good job eliminating any foul odor which may be coming from your cat’s ears
 Things I don’t like
  • Strong smell- Some buyers found the smell to be a bit too strong for their liking
  • Vet consultation- Since the solution contains EDTA it is advisable to consult a vet before using this on your cat
  • Not 100 percent natural- The ingredients are safe to be used on your pet however not 100 percent natural
  • Messy application- The solution may not be easy to apply

Cat Ear Cleaner Buying Guide: Things to Consider When Buying Cat Ear Cleaners

Every cat has its own needs, which need to be catered to and no one understands this better than the owners and of course the veterinarian. Choosing the right ear cleaner isn’t a difficulty at all, especially if you have guidance from a veterinarian who knows what your cat requires and what is needed in its ear cleaner. There is, however, a general set of factors which you and your pet’s doctor should keep in mind which will help you pick the right ear cleaner. The following factors will also help you to choose the best-suited ear cleaner for your cat even if you happen to have no guidance.


It is not news that an ear wash is supposed to cleanse your pet’s ears. Even though that’s the first thing which comes to mind when thinking of the purpose of an ear cleaner, there are many other things which we tend to overlook such as deodorizing property and the target of a specific ear cleaner. In this case, you need to prioritize what you need, whether it be just simple to cleanse the ear canal or excellent antimicrobial properties. The aims of different ear cleaners vary, and it is important to know what you’re looking for so you can choose the right one and not stay confused between products. Making a list of properties, you expect your cleaner to have will help.

Effectiveness of Active Ingredient

Once you know the purpose of the ear cleaner next, it is important to consider the effectiveness of the active ingredient. This depends on your preference. Some cleaners are completely natural, while others may have other ingredients. A point to note is that natural ingredients while being completely safe to use are slow and typically require a longer time to show positive results while other ingredients may work fast and be effective but may result in side effects. So, it really comes down to what your priority is and what you think is best for your cat.

Safe Ingredients

How effective a product is, this is an important aspect; however, nothing comes before the safety and security of your pet which is why it is essential to choose a product that contains a safe yet effective ingredient. If your cleaner is effective but not safe, it can lead to additional problems for your kitty, and that is definitely something you do not want. Every pet owner wants nothing but the best for their pet, and it becomes really difficult at times to choose and decide what you think is best however one thing which everyone agrees on is that the ingredients a product contain, whether its a product for our pet or ourselves, should be safe to use. In this regard, natural ingredients are the safest, but then the effects will be seen after a much later period.

Ease of Application

There are a variety of ways in which different cleaners operate, and application can be in the form of otic drops, wipes, rinse, or solutions. The benefit of otic drops is that you get to saturate areas inside your cat’s ears easily while using wipes could be a struggle as you may not be able to reach certain areas. The downside, however, is that you’d have to leave the solution inside the ear for about 10 seconds before you eventually dry it up and this can get quite messy. Otic wipes are simple and have a less messy application, but the fact that its reach is restricted can become a problem, but then again it varies from person to person

Benefits of Using Cat Ear Cleaners

Many people wonder if ear cleaners are really that important but what they don’t know is that ear cleaners are not only beneficial for the pets, but their owner’s as well and the reasons for that is as follows:

Periodic Assessment for The Pet’s Ears

It is not possible to detect what is going on in your pet’s ear internally, and neither is it possible to keep a constant check. With ear cleaners, you make sure that your cat’s ears are in optimum condition and this will help you eradicate any abnormal growth, swellings, discoloration or discharges that you may not be aware of early on so that will lift the stress of your shoulders while relieving your pet of harsh consequences. So, by cleaning your cat’s ears regularly, you can notice anything off with your cat immediately and save you from a lot of things which could have gone wrong.

Prevention of Ear Infections

The main risk factor for cats pertaining to the ear is ear infections. It is important to identify the reasons behind ear infections, and that is the unusual buildup of waxy substances within the auditory canal. When this happens, various kinds of bacteria, yeast, and fungi are given an opportunity to start an infectious process which can lead to terrible consequences. All of this can be avoided by simply using an appropriate cleaning solution. Cleaning solutions with antiseptic and disinfectant properties are preferred as they can prevent future infections. Frequently cleaning your cat’s ears will also prevent ear mites and parasites from creating problems.

Prevention of Hearing Impairment

A harsh consequence of your cat has an ear infection, or simply just dirty ears hear impairment. If your cat’s ear canal is blocked by waxy substances, the outside has no access to the tympanic membrane, and thus few sound waves are allowed to transmit to the middle ear and even fewer to the inner ear. You would not want your cat to acquire a hearing impairment just because of unclean ears, now would you? Cleaning your cat’s ears will prevent you from undergoing all of this and make your life a lot easier.

Saves You from Costly Vet Fees

The last place our feline friends and we want to go to is the veterinarian. We all know that going to the vet can be very costly, so we try to avoid going to the vet by ensuring our cat is in perfect health and being taken care of properly. Ear infections require you to use an otic antibiotic as well as other medications which are costly enough and added to that is the veterinarian’s professional fees and all laboratory charges. If you clean your cat’s ears regularly, you would never be stuck in these problems.


Being one of the vital organs, it is crucial to maintain the hygiene of your cat’s ears.

Unclean or dirty ears may lead to serious health issues, which may result in hearing loss of your beloved pet.

But before you experiment with products at home, it is always advisable to visit a vet in person and get a prescription written, just to be on the safer side.

Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if my cat has an ear infection?

We all know that an ear infection is painful, so the first thing you should spot in your cat is discomfort. Your cat will show it’s discomfort by scratching or pawing at his ear or shaking or tilting his head in the direction of the painful ear. Other symptoms to look for include:

  • Black or yellowish discharge: This yellow discharge is typically pus. Pus is the accumulation of dead cells, micro-organisms, tissues, and immune cells which died fighting the micro-organisms. Even though the appearance of pus is good as it confirms that the immune system is working against the foreign parasites however pus indicates that the infection had been going on since a couple of days
  • Redness or swelling of the ear flap or ear canal: Once you have noticed the pus the next thing to look for is redness as it indicates inflammation near the cat’s ears
  • Waxy buildup on or near the ear canal: Waxy buildup near the entrance of the ear canal confirms that there is an ear infection.
  • Discharge from the ear that resembles coffee grounds: If there is discharge from the ear that resembles coffee grounds, then, unfortunately, your cat has ear mites which have to be get ridden off immediately.
  • Strong odor: A strong odor is something which can be noticed immediately, and it is a good way of indicating that there might be an ear infection.
  • Hearing loss: A severe infection will lead to hearing impairment, which should be taken very seriously and dealt with immediately.
  • Loss of balance or disorient: Loss of balance, disorientation, and confusion may be the result of a severe ear infection and if you notice this in your cat then its best to not waste time and take it to the vet immediately for diagnoses.
  • Notice any ear sensitivity: Ear infections can make your cat’s ears sensitive, and you can notice this by petting your cats head. If they have an infection, they are most likely to react negatively when you touch their ears. In that case, you should try to massage near the base of your cat’s ear.

Discomfort and signs of excessive scratching will confirm if something is wrong with your cat. Since ear infections cause a lot of itching and discomfort, your cat is likely to scratch their ears or rub them against the floor or soft objects and may shake it’s head a lot as well.

How can I help prevent cat ear infections?

The answer to this is simply cleaning your cat’s ear daily. There is no better way to rid yourself and your cat from ear problems than just to make sure your cat’s ears are being cleaned daily. You must have learned till now that the major cause for all infections start with dirty ears and accumulation of ear wax which would have never happened if the ears were cleaned daily.

Removing particles and debris that may serve as fuel or protection for micro-organisms make the environment less hospitable for them. While cleaning, it’s best to routinely check the ear to make sure there’s no redness, residue, or odor. Healthy ears are pale pink and have no visible debris or odor and minimal or no ear wax. By routinely checking, you may find a potential ear infection early on and have it treated before it worsens, and this will save you time energy and money and your cat will be saved from undergoing a lot of pain and stress. It is advisable for the veterinarian to show you how to clean your cat’s ear or to do it himself or herself. Do not, under any circumstance, insert a cleaning device into the ear canal yourself without your vet’s permission and supervision.

How should I prepare my cat for an ear cleaning?

It is necessary to prepare your cat before cleaning its ears to make it less stressful for you as well as your feline friend. Timing is critical of course; you need to have the time and the environment right when cleaning your cat’s ears to make the process as relaxing and calm as possible with minimized struggling. For this, you should make sure you clean in a room that is quiet and distraction-free such as noise or other animals. It is advisable to close the door and window to makes sure your cat does not try to escape in panic and so it would be easy if you had another person to help you hold your cat

The best thing for you to do is start by giving your cat a soothing massage so you can help relax its nerves and become comfortable to touch. A cat may give you a very tough time when getting its ear cleaned so be mentally prepared and relax your cat before starting

Can I use human ear drops to clean my cat’s ear?

Human optic drops may appear to you like the same thing as ear drops for cats however what you do not realize is that they have a very different formulation from those developed for pets while there are products which can be used for dogs and cats for under no circumstances should you use ear drops intended for humans on your cat’s ears you may think they have the same ingredients but its strength is different. In short human ear drops aren’t designed to be used on animals so do not risk your cat’s life by trying to use your drops on it as it can lead to harmful consequences

Can I clean my cat’s ears with Q-tips carefully?

Regardless of how strong you think your nerves are or how controlled you think you can manage the movements of your hand, you should never use Q-tips when cleaning your pets’ ears. Even if you do manage to block out the rest of your world, so you are only focused on using Q-tips, and you think you can steadily do the job, you forget that you cannot control the movement of your cat. One sudden move from your cat’s head might lead to serious injuries. The Q-tips might puncture and rupture the tympanic membrane leading to hearing loss worse the Q-tips might also damage the inner ear structures creating more problems. You wouldn’t want to risk your cat’s well-being over Q-tips, so it’s best to keep your Q-tips away from your cat’s ears.

Above are some frequently asked questions and misconceptions. The answers contain tips on how to better understand what your cat wants from you and enables you to take better care of your cat as your feline friend is dependent on you.

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