A Quick Guide: How to Clean Cats Ears?

June 15, 2018

A Quick Guide: How to Clean Cats Ears?

Are you looking to clean your kitty’s ears?

Cats are clean creatures and they regularly groom themselves throughout the day---some may even say that they can be a little obsessive with the cleaning. In fact, cats spend nearly 80% of their day grooming themselves!

However, there is one sweet spot that your kitty can’t reach.

Yes, the ears!

In this blog post, I will teach you how to clean your cats ears the right way and share everything there is to know about it.

So, let’s start.

How Often Should You Clean Your Kitty’s Ears?

While in some cases it is counter-intuitive, there is a chance your kitty won’t ever need an ear cleaning. Keep in mind, however, that it definitely depends from cat to cat.

It is a good idea for you to evaluate your kitty’s ears once a month for debris and odor. If you note any abnormalities, it is time to take your kitty to the veterinarian for a thorough evaluation.

There’s a chance your feline friend will need an ear cleaning more often.

It’s when your cat has experienced ear inflammation that you should really be particular with the cleaning. A weekly cleaning is recommended after the inflammation has been adequately treated.

How to Clean Cats Ears?

If you’re new at this, keep in mind that it will take some practice. But, worry not because the process is quite straightforward.

You have to simply complete the following steps with cleaning solution and gauze close at hand:

  1. Start with pulling back your cat’s earflap with a gentle touch and fill one ear canal with a cleaning solution
  2. Massage the base of the ear for five to ten seconds, and then let your cat shake the solution out
  3. Wrap gauze around your finger to clean excess liquid out of the ear canal---don’t worry, your finger can’t go in far enough to cause damage
  4. Repeat with the entire process with the other ear

Some Tips and Tricks to Keep in Mind

Even if you think your feline friend needs an ear cleaning, your kitty may have a different opinion. Here are a few tips to help you through the process:

  • Always have a second person your hold on to your cat while you’re cleaning her ears to keep her from moving
  • Keep in mind to never use a Q-tip in the ear canal, as it can seriously damage the eardrum and may even push debris further inside the ear. Instead, you can use a Q-tip to only clean visible earflap folds
  • Before you begin with the cleaning process, it can be extremely helpful to wrap the cat in a towel to keep them still
  • Be sure and close your eyes and mouth before letting your cat shake its head 

What are your tips and tricks to cleaning your cat’s ears? How do you keep your kitty calm during the entire process? Share your method with us in the comments section!


Do you have questions? If so, leave them in the comments, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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