Q. He keeps iching his ear. There doesn’t seem to b anything in it.

Fri, Jul 21, 2023

It’s ever so often he’ll itch his left ear

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Itching in the ear can be caused by various factors, and it's important to identify the underlying cause in order to provide appropriate treatment.

1. Ear Mites: One common cause of ear itching in cats is ear mites. These tiny parasites can cause intense itching and irritation in the ear canal. You may notice dark, crumbly discharge resembling coffee grounds in the ear. To address this at home, you can use over-the-counter ear mite treatments specifically designed for cats.

2. Allergies: Cats can develop allergies to various substances, including certain foods, environmental allergens, or even flea bites. Allergies can manifest as itching in the ears, among other symptoms. If you suspect allergies, try to identify and eliminate potential allergens from your cat's environment.

3. Ear Infections: Bacterial or yeast infections can cause itching and discomfort in the ears. If there is a foul odor, redness, swelling, or discharge in the ear, it could indicate an infection. Cleaning the ears with a veterinarian-recommended ear cleaner can help remove debris and prevent further infection.

4. Foreign Bodies: Sometimes, small objects or plant material can get lodged in the ear canal, causing irritation and itching. If you suspect a foreign body, do not attempt to remove it yourself, as it can cause further damage. Instead, seek immediate veterinary attention.

It's important to note that if your cat's symptoms worsen, if there is bleeding or discharge from the ear, if your cat is in pain, or if he starts shaking his head excessively, it is recommended to seek veterinary care promptly.

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