How To Clean Cat Ears

cat_orangeCats normally do not require ear cleaning on a regular basis. However, your veterinarian may prescribe an ear cleaning routine for a number of reasons, including:

Medicating Cat Ears

The ears usually need to be cleaned before they are medicated. Your veterinarian may make an exception to this in the early stages of treating an ear condition if the cat's ears are quite painful; the medication may then be allowed to work for a few days before attempting to clean the ears.

As long as your cat does not have a painful condition, he should tolerate the ear cleaning procedure quite well.

Ask your veterinarian to show you how to do the ear cleaning while still at the veterinary facility, and try it out there yourself. That way, any procedural questions can be addressed.

A Few Tips for Feline Ear Cleaning

Here are some tips and tricks for a successful feline ear cleaning session:

Demo of Ear Cleaning Procedure

Step 1: Hold the ear correctly.

This pictures shows the incorrect method—note how the ear is being pulled on and stretched up and out away from the head. The steadying hand does not touch anywhere but the ear.


This is the correct way to hold the ear for cleaning; note the gentle anchoring of the hand to the skin over the head to help prevent a pull on the delicate ear if the kitty moves suddenly.


Step 2: Ear cleaning in progress.


Success! See that dirty cotton ball?


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