Otitis in cats: 9 signs that do not deceive
Otitis is a relatively common ear infection in cats. It can be external, middle, or internal. When otitis reaches the inner ear pinna, this is where the consequences can be dramatic for the animal. Indeed, the animal can become deaf or even die. This is why it is so important to know how to spot the first signs of otitis in order to treat it immediately. The problem is that the symptoms are particularly difficult to detect at the beginning of the disease. It is only after the infection has worsened that visible signs appear. However, it is possible to recognize the onset of otitis in your cat, provided that you are vigilant.
- Her ears give off a foul odor
If every time you bring your head close to your cat’s head, you smell a particularly unpleasant odor coming out of her ears, this is not normal. Generally, you may also notice excess earwax, redness, crusts or even pus inside her ears.
Beware, otitis should not be confused with scabies, which mainly translates into blackish clusters in the ears.
- He shakes his head
If your cat suddenly starts shaking his head, it is either because he has a spikelet or other foreign body in his ear or because he has an ear infection. In both cases, an emergency consultation with the veterinarian is required.
- He scratches his ear
If you notice that your cat scratches his ears excessively compared to the rest of his body, it indicates that he may be suffering from an ear infection. Also, if she rubs her ears against anything she finds and can no longer tolerate you touching her ears as if it was causing her pain.
- He has his ear down
If your cat has an ear infection, you will probably see that his ear is turned down and not straight as usual.
- He has a tilted head
If your cat has, for the past few days, had a tendency to tilt his head to the side, even at rest, this is a very bad sign. Generally, he will tilt his head to the side of the infected ear. It is even possible that he may even start to fall on the floor and roll to the infected side.
And if he tilts his head to both sides, both ears are infected.
- He has trouble keeping his balance
If your cat often loses his balance and has difficulty walking straight, as if he were drunk, go to the vet immediately. Also, if your cat begins to walk in a circle, usually on the side of the infected ear.
- He has difficulty opening his mouth
If your cat has trouble opening its mouth, drooling, or struggling to chew its food, it’s a sign that something is wrong. This indicates that the facial nerve, located in the inner region of the ear, is affected.
- He becomes deaf
When otitis has reached the inner pinna, deafness may appear. If the infection is not treated quickly, your cat may remain permanently deaf.
- He can no longer blink.
It is also possible that an ear infection may prevent your cat from blinking on the side of the infected ear. The fault again lies with the damaged facial nerve.
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