Ear infections can make cats very unhappy and can increase a cat's level of anxiety as well. Be gentle and understanding with a frustrated cat who has an ear infection.
Cats with ear infections shake their heads or paw at the affected ears or rub them on the floor. A black powdery discharge indicates ear mite infection, while pus comes from yeast or bacterial infections.
Ear mites, fleas, ticks, allergic skin reactions, and foreign material lodged in the ear canal can all manufacture feline ear infections as can hair matted within the ear canal because it traps moisture and wax in which bacteria multiply.
Untreated ear infections may even cause facial nerve paralysis. The constant head-shaking and pawing could create an aural hematoma which is a buildup of blood outside the blood vessels in your cat's ear flap and will require surgery.
Yeast infections necessitate antifungal drugs and bacterial ones, antibiotics. It is wise to treat ear mites with weekly ivermectin doses or with veterinarian-administered shots for two to three weeks.
Monthly topical flea treatment containing selamectin or moxidectin applied to the skin at the base of your kitty’s neck behind his/her head will stop ear mite infection. Regular ear cleansing with a solution formulated for cats also daunts infection.