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Ear Problems In Cats And Natural Remedies

pretty-kitten2.jpgEar problems in cats are really common. This is because your cat has an L-shaped ear canal, which protects her eardrums from damage. But when moisture, earwax, insects, and other things get trapped in there, this can lead to your kitty developing an ear infection.

How do I know if my cat has an ear infection?

The main tip-off is a really bad smell coming from your kitty’s ears. She’ll probably be shaking her head a lot, scratching at her ears, or rubbing her ears and face constantly. Your normally even-tempered friend may also be in a foul mood, due to the pain and irritation.

What causes ear infections in cats?

More than likely, the culprit is ear mites. Ear mites aren’t a life-threatening situation, but they can sure make your cat miserable with the constant itching.

These little buggies pass easily from one pet to another in your household. So if one of your furry friends turns up with them, you need to treat all of your pets to keep them from passing them back and forth. Kittens are very prone to getting ear mites. Most of the time, they get them from their mamas.

If your feline has a really bad ear mite infestation, she may need to have the vet clean out her ears. Sometimes this may require general anesthesia. A really thorough ear-cleaning is necessary because if your cat’s ears are plugged up with a lot of gunk, it’s impossible for the ear drops to get to the mites and kill them.

It’s important to get rid of the ear mites to prevent ear infections. They’re usually treated with ear drops made from an oil-based pesticide. You can treat ear mites by putting five or six drops of warm olive oil or almond oil into your furball’s ears, and massage them gently. Repeat this every day for at least two weeks. This will smother the mites and help heal the irritation they cause.

Natural remedies for ear infections

The usual course of action for an ear infection is treatment with antibiotics or antifungal drugs. But there’s a growing problem with antibiotic resistance, and some drugs are becoming less effective against bacteria. Antibiotics can also upset your cat’s immune system, which makes her more susceptible to infections in the future. It can become a vicious cycle of repeated infections and more antibiotic treatments.

Treating your cat holistically involves looking at the big picture, not just one part of it. You should consider your kitty’s diet first. Look for a good canned food that’s high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Avoid foods that contain large amounts of wheat, corn, soy, or artificial colors or preservatives. A good diet is basic to your feline friend’s health.

Help your buddy’s digestive system to work better with bromelain supplements. This can prevent food allergies, which can show up as ear problems.

Your kitty’s adrenal glands produce a natural steroid that reduces inflammation due to infections. 250 milligrams a day of vitamin C will improve the function of her adrenal glands. But be aware that too much vitamin C can cause diarrhea, so cut back on it if her bowels get too loose.

It’s possible that your furball may have a yeast infection. Look in her ears and see if her ears have brownish-pink wax in them. You can treat this by cleaning her ears with plain old white vinegar, diluted half and half with water. This treatment not only cleans the crud out of her ears, but it also restores the proper chemical balance in there.

Put a few drops of diluted vinegar in her ear and massage the area so it can run in. Wipe out her ears with a cotton ball. Repeat this once a day until she’s better. Keep the cotton swabs out of your kitty’s ears as you can do a lot of damage with them.

Try mixing equal parts of olive oil and pau d’arco tincture to make an herbal oil treatment for infections in your kitty’s ears. Pau d’arco is a natural antibiotic that kills fungus and bacteria. Shake it well and put five drops of this mixture into her ears two or three times a day. Repeat this treatment for a week.

Homeopathic remedies strengthen your furball’s immune system. The remedy used depends on your kitty’s symptoms and how she behaves. If your kitty likes to be warm, Psorium is recommended. Sulphur is given to felines who prefer cool places. Rhux Tox is the best remedy for very itchy and sore ears, while Graphites is given to cats with a bad-smelling, thick, sticky discharge from their ears.

If you can’t clear up your feline’s ear problems on your own, take her to the vet, especially if she’s tilting her head, walking in circles, or has drooping eyelids. She probably has an inner ear problem, which requires veterinary care.

PetAlive Ear Dr. can help.

This herbal remedy is a blend of safe and effective herbs in a soothing olive oil base. And it doesn’t contain pesticides or antibiotics. Pet Alive Ear Dr. will give your kitty almost immediate relief from the discomfort, itchiness and pain of ear infections.

PetAlive Ear Dr. contains:

  • Tea Tree Oil, well-known for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and healing properties. It not only soothes and reduces inflammation in the ear but it also heals any bacterial, fungal, or mite infection that is present.
  • Rosemary relieves pain and inflammation. It’s also an antiseptic and disinfectant herb.
  • Calendula is an excellent anti-inflammatory and prevents infection with its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. It promotes wound healing and helps damaged skin to repair itself.

Try PetAlive Ear Dr. and see how well it works for your cat or dog!


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  1. 3 Comment(s)

  2. By JaneA on Dec 16, 2007 | Reply

    Hi. Thanks for the link to the herbal/homeopathic asthma remedy. I’ve approved the comment so people reading that column can find out about it, too. Also, thanks for adding Paws and Effect to your blogroll; I’ll do the same for you at Paws and Effect.

  3. By Terri on Jul 10, 2012 | Reply

    Isnt Tea Tree Oil Toxic for Cats?

  4. By Michelle on Aug 9, 2014 | Reply

    Tea Tree oil isnt exactly toxic to cats..but they are highly sensitive to it so it must be diluted much more than other oils. And also just as importantly, quality of the essential oil is top priority. Its safe to assume any inexpensive E.O. you buy at the grocery store also has some synthetic perfume oils which IS VERY toxic to cats.

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