Pets can also suffer from various diseases that humans have, and in the case of felines, otitis is the most frequent.
The health of our pets is usually one of our main concerns once we begin to live with them. And it is that whoever is not in charge of a cat, for example, will not know the affection that can get to catch those little furry animals, and the headaches that can cause something to go wrong.
That is why the first thing we usually do when adopting an animal is to look for all types of diseases that can come to attack our partner. In the case of cats, one of the best known>
For those who do not know what it is, otitis is a quite painful disease, which consists of inflammation of the epithelium from cat's ear In this case, we are referring to the epithelium that completely covers the entire ear canal of the animal. Being inflamed, it causes quite sharp pain in the cat, which probably will complain and you will have many of the most common symptoms that animals usually present in these cases. In addition, your pet may lose hearing temporarily, do not worry if this happens, since with the appropriate treatment it will not last over time.
The first thing you should know about otitis is that there are different types, depending on the causes and the area of the ear canal that has been affected. We have to differentiate, then, between otitis externa, otitis media and otitis externa. In principle, internal otitis will be the most difficult to cure, since it is located in the deepest part of the ear, however, all three can become equally complicated, since the external can extend and eventually degenerate into a otitis media
What symptoms will I notice in my cat
To know if your cat has otitis or not, and to know if you should go to the vet for treatment, you must know the symptoms of it. There are a wide variety of symptoms, which will vary depending on the affected area of the ear, as well as those that have been the causes of the infection. But there are some that are very clear, and to which you must pay special attention.
There are two symptoms that you will recognize clearly, without any doubt, and that will serve as an alert. For example, if your cat start shaking your head frequently, just as you would do if something bothered you but you didn't know why, it might be that you have otitis and your ears hurt. In addition to this, if you see that constantly bow your head, it may be for the same reason. If you have the infection in one ear, it is most likely that you only tilt it to that side, while if you have infection in both, it will alternate.
Other symptoms that should serve as a warning will be a continuous custom of scratch both ears and neck. We are not talking about a normal scratch, but an excessive one, which leads them even to get hurtIn that case, they may be trying to tell you that it hurts. If, in addition, they complain when you caress their head or near their ears, this will be another indication.
Finally, you may also notice that his ears smell badThey give off an unpleasant smell. If you notice any of these symptoms, or if you see that your cat stops eating or is upset, what you should do then is go as quickly as possible to the vet so that it is he who prescribes the corresponding treatment.
Why does my cat have otitis?
Surely the doubt arises, then, of why your cat may have gotten sick, or if you could have avoided it. You should know that the causes of otitis without varied, and that range from bacteria until the mushroomsgoing through the external parasites and even the trauma.
In the case of parasites, we could talk about mites. These are about ectoparasites Tiny in size that can cause an infection to cats found directly in the animal's ear. On the other hand, otitis can also be caused by a strange body, for example, a leaf that unintentionally gets into the animal's ear, and inflames its ear canal. A blow to the head The animal can cause internal damage to the ear, which ends up causing inflammation and, therefore, an infection.
However, there are many more causes: tumors, immune diseases, scabies, metabolic diseases, food allergies, inherited problems. It will be the veterinarian who, after all, can tell us which of these causes has caused our cat to get sick.
Possible treatments, and how to avoid otitis in cats
As we have pointed out, the best thing to do once the symptoms have been seen in our cat is go immediately to the veterinarian. No one better than a specialist to tell us what treatment we should give to improve and, finally, recover.
Normally, treatments are usually antibiotics. There are many types, and it will depend a lot on the specific situation of the animal, so it is best that an expert prescribe it. Prices are also very variable, but they do not usually exceed twenty euros, which is an expense that can be overcome relatively easily.
There are a few steps you can take to try to prevent your cats from getting sick and end up suffering from otitis. For example, when you brush your hair (something that should be done regularly, especially with long-haired cats) you should see if their ears are clean, otherwise you should clean them. Do not use the sticks that are usually used with humans, because you could harm the animal a lot. The best thing you can do is use a gauze, always carefully.
When you bathe them, you should also ensure that your ears are not wet, since this could cause an infection. In addition, you should take it to the veterinarian periodically to make sure your health status. If you do all this, surely your pet is healthy and happy for a long time.And enjoy your cat without worries!