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Ashley
Thu, Jun 6, 2024
Ear
Redness
Head shaking
Sensitive to touch

Possible ear mites or infection


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Dr. Brown
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From the symptoms you've described and the image you provided, it seems likely that your cat might be dealing with ear mites or an ear infection. Ear mites are quite common in young cats and can cause symptoms such as redness, head shaking, sensitivity to touch, and a significant amount of debris in the ear that resembles dark, coffee-ground-like material.

Here are a few steps you can take at home to help your cat:

Firstly, gently clean your cat's ears using a cotton ball and a vet-approved ear cleaner. It's important to avoid using cotton swabs, as they can push debris further into the ear canal and potentially cause damage.

Next, monitor your cat for any additional symptoms. Keep an eye out for behaviors like excessive scratching at the ears, loss of balance, or a foul odor emanating from the ears, as these could indicate a more serious infection.

Since your cat is already on topical flea and tick treatments, ensure that these are being applied correctly. These treatments can sometimes help with ear mites as well.

However, given the severity and duration of the symptoms (lasting 7 days), I strongly recommend taking your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible. A vet can perform a thorough examination, possibly take a sample from the ear to examine under a microscope, and prescribe the appropriate medication, whether it's for mites or a bacterial/yeast infection.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Thank you.