While we're not going to suggest you make cleaning kitty’s ears part of a weekly grooming routine (we're not that cruel), it is a good idea to gently check the ears for wax, debris, and any sign of pus or discharge. If there is pus or discharge, or the cat shows pain when its ears are touched, take it to the vet for a checkup.
And well, if the cat's ears look clean, then you’re home free. No need to clean. However, if they’re dirty, make sure you clean them very gently. This is because you can rupture the eardrum or even inflict scratches or pain if you clean the cat's ears the wrong way. Oh, and never, ever put anything into its ear canal.
So, how do you clean a cat’s ears safely and without inflicting pain? We have a few tips to help you on your way.
That’s it. If your cat is big, you might want to get a friend to help hold the cat. Also, immediately after the ordeal, shower kitty with plenty of praise and treats. And be prepared to have kitty shoot you dirty looks for an hour or so after, because they do that so well (and you may have stepped on feline dignity). Of course, if the cat's ears are excessively dirty or it seems to need the cleaning much too frequently, take the cat to the vet for a checkup, just to make sure there is nothing wrong.
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