Normal Ear Wax in Cats

by Naomi Millburn, Demand Media
    Kitty ear wax is usually deep brown.

    Kitty ear wax is usually deep brown.

    To keep your kitty in good health, pay attention to anything unusual you notice about her, whether it pertains to her breathing, walking, eyes, or even her ears. Abnormalities in ear wax can point to a variety of ailments, including pesky ear mites -- yikes.

    Ear Wax Appearance

    Feline ear wax looks slightly different than human ear wax. According to the Feline Advisory Bureau, ear wax in healthy cats is darkish brown, not too dissimilar to the appearance of dried blood. Healthy ear wax in felines is usually very moderate and not too conspicuous, according to the ASPCA.

    Ear Wax Abnormalities

    To check out your precious pet's ear situation, periodically look at her ear wax to make sure it appears healthy and normal. If you notice that her wax is bloody or if there is simply too much of it, take her to the veterinarian to make sure it isn't an indication of a health problem such as a bacterial infection, ear mites or even allergies. Also be on the look out for any oozing substances that are yellow or black.

    Ear Mites

    Pay attention to any potential signs of ear mites in your little one. If her ears are emitting a very dark, dirtlike substance that resembles coffee grounds rather than sticky wax, ear mites might be the cause. If your cat is frantically scratching her ears all day and night, then you very likely have your answer.
    Other possible signs of ear mites are small crusty patches by the ears, a foul smell, and incessant shaking of the head. When it comes to the possibility of ear mites, immediate veterinary attention for diagnostic testing is a must.

    Inner Ear Appearance

    While you're looking at your cat's ear wax, quickly glance into her inner ears to make sure that everything is just peachy there, too. Normal and healthy feline ears are typically light pink and should have absolutely no smell, according to the ASPCA.
    The Feline Advisory Bureau states that the ears should have a lightly dewy look, but not to the point of appearing wet.

    About the Author

    Naomi Millburn has been a freelance writer since 2011. Her areas of writing expertise include arts and crafts, literature, linguistics, traveling, fashion and European and East Asian cultures. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in American literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

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