Medicating a Cat's Ears

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Your veterinarian may prescribe medication for ear infections or other ear conditions in your cat. As long as the kitty is not in too much pain, she should tolerate ear treatments quite well.

Before medicating a cat's ears, it's usually recommended to clean them out. This is so that debris is removed and the medication can then contact the ear canal properly. Check with your veterinarian to determine if that's the case for your cat.

Ask your veterinarian to demonstrate ear cleaning and medicating while you and the cat are still at the veterinary facility, and try ear cleaning yourself while there, too. That way, any awkward aspects of the procedure can be worked out, and your questions can get answered.

Tips for Ear Medicating in Cats

Here are some tips to keep in mind when medicating your cat's ears:

Feline Ear Cleaning Procedure

Step 1: First, clean the ears.

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Step 2: Medicate.

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Instill drops as per prescription label with ear held up and over the head—using extra fingers to gently grasp the skin between the ears to help you follow the ear/head if she moves suddenly.

Massage the base of the ear to distribute the medication evenly.

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