How to know if my cat has otitis
Otitis is an inflammation of the epithelium that lines the walls of the ear canal of the cat and can be caused by various factors, such as bacteria, mites or foreign bodies. In .com we review the causes of this ear problem and the symptoms they cause to help you know if your cat has otitis.
Mites are microscopic parasites responsible for a large number of cases of otitis in cats . The mite that can infest the ears of cats is called Otodectes cynotis .
There are products capable of ending this problem, available in the form of pipettes and also as drops that are administered directly in the ear of the cat. In the most severe cases it is convenient to combine both products. Your veterinarian will inform you about this topic.
Foreign bodies such as spikes or other objects that can accidentally enter the cat's ear can cause otitis, which will not heal until the object is removed by a veterinarian. Anyway, this case is much less frequent than in dogs.
Bacteria and predisposing factors
Excess moisture, allergies, or irritation produced by inappropriate ear cleaners can alter the epithelium of the auditory canal, diminishing its function as a protective barrier.
Many microorganisms, such as certain bacteria and malasezzias - a type of fungus - are able to take advantage of this situation, causing otitis.
The symptoms of otitis in cats
Regardless of the cause that causes otitis, the symptoms are usually similar and include scratching of the ears, shaking of the head and abundant presence of cerumen in the ear, more or less malodorous depending on the agent involved.
If these symptoms are present in only one ear, it is likely that the person responsible for the process is a foreign body.
We recommend that you take your cat to the veterinarian at least twice a year for a review, and whenever you detect any of the symptoms described above.