Cats are prone to getting sore eyes and ears so it’s important that you check them regularly and know how to clean a cat's eyes and ears. Your vet can do it for you but why pay for the privilege if you can do it yourself at home?
Cleaning your cat’s eyes
If your cat has a scratch in their eye or a foreign body, you need to clean it as soon as possible so it doesn’t become infected. Signs to look out for include: your cat pawing at their eye, keeping their eye closed, having a discharge and their eye looking red and sore. If you think they have a growth in their eye, then this will require a visit to their vet pronto.
Cleaning your cat’s eye can be pretty simple if you’ve got a laid back cat but if not, you’ll need to ask a family member or friend to help. You’ll need to make some salt solution (add a quarter of a teaspoon of salt to a cup of hot water) and bathe their eye several times a day, using cotton wool. If their eye hasn’t improved after a couple of days, you may need to visit your vet for antibiotics.
Cleaning your cat’s ears
If you take a look inside your cat’s ears and find that they are looking particularly grubby, waxy or have bits of grass or hair stuck inside then it’s time to give them a gentle clean. You might be able to spot the odd ear mite too but you shouldn’t delve into their ear canal as you could cause real damage.
You can use damp cotton wool or a flannel to give their ears a wipe with either warm water or some cat ear cleaner (purchased from your local pet store). It’s important that you dry off their ears afterwards as you shouldn’t leave them wet.
In the days that follow, you should check your cat’s ears again to see that their condition has improved. If you notice your cat shaking their head or that their ears smell, they might have an infection so you’ll need to make an appointment with your vet.
For more tips on caring for your cat, including how you can help with their grooming, check out our blog post here.