Otitis is a disease that affects both four-legged animals and humans. May cause very annoying symptoms, such as pain or itching, so it is important to know how to identify it to be able to solve the problem as soon as possible.
To help you, we are going to tell you how to know if my cat has otitis, explaining the causes and symptoms.
What is otitis
Otitis is the inflammation of the epithelium (tissue that lines the surface of the body) that lines the walls of the ear canal. It can be caused by various factors, such as foreign bodies, mites, bacteria, allergies, fungi or excess humidity. Let's see each one separately:
- Mites: they are the main cause of otitis. The mite responsible for many cats having this disease is the Otodectes cynotis. The treatment will consist of pipettes and / or drops that you must administer directly into the ear.
- Foreign bodies: if your cat goes outside, you run the risk of a foreign body getting into your ear, causing an otitis. You will be cured when the object has been removed by a professional.
- Bacteria and fungi: when the animal is weak, some bacteria or fungi are likely to cause this problem.
- Allergies: is your cat allergic to something? If so, it is important to take the medications that the vet has given you, since otherwise you could end up having otitis.
- Excess humidity: can occur when, during bathing, water gets in his ears.
The most common symptoms of otitis in cats are, mainly, these: excess earwax, scratching y head shaking. If you see that they occur only in one ear, it is most likely that it has a foreign body that must be removed. In any case, if you discover that he is unwell, take him to the vet.
Courage, he will recover soon 😉.