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Yourcat's ears may be able to pick up the sound of a bag of treats being opened across the house, but they could still use a little help staying clean. Monitoring your kitty's ears once per week for wax, debris and infection will help those sensitive sonar detectors stay perky and alert to your every move.

Outer Ear Check

A healthy feline ear flap, or pinna, has a layer of hair on its outer surface with no bald spots, and its inner surface is clean and light pink. If you see any discharge, redness or swelling, your cat's ears should be checked by a veterinarian.

Inner Ear Exam

Bring kitty into a quiet room where there are no other pets. Gently fold back each ear and look down into the canal. Healthy inner ears will be pale pink in color, carry no debris or odor and will have minimal if no earwax. If you find that your cat's ears are caked with wax or you detect an odor, please bring her in for a veterinary exam.

Ear Cleaning 101

Place a little bit of liquid ear cleaner (ask your vet for a recommendation) onto a clean cotton ball or piece of gauze. Fold kitty's ear back gently and wipe away any debris or earwax that you can see on the underside of her ear. Lift away the dirt and wax rather than rubbing it into the ear. And do not attempt to clean the canal-probing inside of your cat's ear can cause trauma or infection.

Signs of Ear Problems

Watch for the following signs that may indicate your cat's ears should be checked by a veterinarian

Persistent scratching and pawing of the ear area

Sensitivity to touch

Head tilting or shaking

Loss of balance and disorientation

Redness or swelling of the ear flap or canal

Unpleasant odor

Black or yellowish discharge

Accumulation of dark brown wax

Hearing loss

Bleeding

Know Your Ear Disorders

Ear mitesare common parasites that are highly contagious among pets. Telltale signs include excessive itching of the ears and debris that resembles coffee grounds.

Ear infections are usually caused by bacteria, yeast or foreign debris caught in the ear canal. Treatment should be sought immediately as ear infections can cause considerable discomfort and may indicateallergies, hormonal abnormalities or hereditary disease.

Blood blisters (hematoma) are the result of blood accumulation in the ear flap. They're often caused by infection, ear mites,fleasor trapped debris that causes your cat to scratch her ears or shake her head excessively.

How to Administer Ear Drops

If your veterinarian has recommended ear drops for your cat, please ask for his advice on how to properly administer them, and please follow these guidelines:

Read the label instructions carefully for correct dosage before administering.

Using a vet-recommended solution, clean the external ear thoroughly with a moist cotton ball or piece of clean gauze.

Gently pull the ear flap back, squeeze out the correct amount of solution and apply it to the lowest part of the ear canal.

Gently massage the base of the ear to help work the medication deeper into the canal.

Administer the full dosage indicated by your vet or the instructions on the bottle. Stopping short of a full dosage may prevent your cat from healing.

Reward your cat with a treat afterward.

I also posted this on the 'cat behavior' thread: I have been care-taking a rural home with two cats since early Feb. '14, a female and a male. A few weeks ago, a raccoon got into their living space in the garage, which meant that from then on, there was a lot of disruption around getting the cats safely into the garage in the evening. Five nights ago, after trying and trying to get her to come in, at about 12:30 AM I gave up and left her out for the night. She didn't make it. I found her the next morning. It's been devastating. I don't know these folks well, and I know she'd been in their family for most of their kids' childhood. Aside from the tragedy, I am at a loss as to how to handle the surviving cat. I can't let him in the house because the family has allergies. When I go out to get him in the morning, he's frantic, hoarse and trembling from grief, confusion, disruption, etc. I try to make a point of spending some serious comforting time with him. There's been so much disruption for him already. Just when they'd acclimated to me, I had to leave for a funeral, and get used to yet-another cat-sitter, and now this. The man of the house will be returning for a spell in a week, but meanwhile, I would very much appreciate any suggestions or advice.

I have been care-taking a rural home with two cats since early Feb. '14, a female and a male. A few weeks ago, a raccoon got into their living space in the garage, which meant that from then on, there was a lot of disruption around getting the cats safely into the garage in the evening. Five nights ago, after trying and trying to get her to come in, at about 12:30 AM I gave up and left her out for the night. She didn't make it. I found her the next morning. It's been devastating. I don't know these folks well, and I know she'd been in their family for most of their kids' childhood. Aside from the tragedy, I am at a loss as to how to handle the surviving cat. I can't let him in the house because the family has allergies. When I go out to get him in the morning, he's frantic, hoarse and trembling from grief, confusion, disruption, etc. I try to make a point of spending some serious comforting time with him. There's been so much disruption for him already. Just when they'd acclimated to me, I had to leave for a funeral, and get used to yet-another cat-sitter, and now this. The man of the house will be returning for a spell in a week, but meanwhile, I would very much appreciate any suggestions or advice.

Hi there. I have a Canadian sphinx that gave birth a month ago. 
The kittens are cute and energetic (already walking, jumping and climbing).
I the few last days I have noticed that all the kittens have purple/black tongues.
I didn't look or payed any attention to that before so I can't tell if the color was different before.
Is it normal for cats from this breed to have dark tongues ?
The kittens are breastfeed only.
Thanks with advance for your answer.

I have a number of questions:


Our 16 month old treeing walker coonhound we adopted is SERIOUSLY hydrophobic.  He won't even go outside when it's raining (but needs exercise still!) and we only got one bath for him in two weeks.  He stinks and needs another bath but the last time we tried he nipped me.  What can we do? The only thing I can think of is take him to a groomer.

He also WILL NOT poop or pee in our yard.  He always wants to do someone else's> His former owner must have trained this.  How to change that training?

My son is terrified of him and he snapped at my son's sweater when he was waving a book around and dancing around near him and now my son has concluded the dog is horrible.  How to change this situation?

WHen we adopted him, we weren't aware that he had hook worms and Lyme bacteria.  I am very disappointed in the shelter that we weren't told or they didn't check him for it. What should we do? We are treating it but should we do anything about the fact we didn't know until we took him to the vet?

He wants to eat things that aren't edible.  We can watch him but not when we are sleeping.  We have no space for a crate for him as our house is very narrow with small rooms.  It just don't work anywhere and our basement is a flooded subbasement not accessible except from a common back entry way with steep steps. It would be impossible  to put a crate down there.  We can't police him when he is sleeping.  What to do?

He is very needy, He is fresh out of the shelter and might settle down, but he is very unhappy when just I and my son are around,  It takes the whole family around before he is happy.  His former owner also let him run wild, follow him around everywhere and never was on a leash before us.  Could that be part of his "problem"?  Will he settle down after a few weeks?  

Despite the fact many of its practices are thousands of years old, Eastern, or non-traditional, medicine is becoming more popular today than ever. Acupuncture is one specialized facet of non-traditional medicine that not only entered the mainstream; it's become a treatment option for our pets. The specific origin of acupuncture is uncertain, said Rodney Bagley, a veterinary neurosurgeon. “No one knows if it originally came from China, Korea, or India but it's widely held that the Chinese perfected it. Dr. Bagley recently completed a three-week certification course learning veterinary acupuncture techniques. The specific mechanism of how acupuncture works is uncertain. Theories include stimulation of the release of natural chemicals with in the body or stimulation of neuromechanical mechanisms that diminish pain and promote healing. Local micro-trauma from the needle itself may also play a role. There are more than 150 acupuncture points on a dog's body There are more than 150 acupuncture points on a dog's body with 50-100 of those points being most commonly used. Overall, acupuncture is based on a principle of restoring balance with in the body. Veterinary ailments acupuncture is most commonly used for are pain management and diseases of the liver, kidney, and skin. Generally, acupuncture treatments are combined with traditional approaches to healing such as physical therapy or the use of medications. Just as with any medical treatment, acupuncture has innate risks associated with it. According to Dr. Bagley There is always potential for site infection, but that's rare because the needles used are small. Acupuncture's effect on animals is usually positive or none at all. There have been some studies that showed it increased the growth of certain forms of cancer so it shouldn't be used in those circumstances. Veterinary acupuncture isn't widely available yet. If you think it could benefit your pet ask your veterinarian for more information or a referral. Acupuncture isn't a panacea, but it's another tool to treat ailments and enhance the quality of our pet's lives. Despite the amazing scientific advances in veterinary medicine, one of the most exciting new treatments may be thousands of years old.

I'm a little concerned about my beagle's eye. He is 4 months old and since we bought him from a breeder, we noticed that one of his eyes looked different from the other. It seems that his eyeball tends to bulge out a bit and the white of his eye is visible in the corner. After inspecting it closer, it seems that his iris is an irregular shape, slightly oval. Sometimes the white of his eye looks slightly red (in the corner). It does not seem to cause him discomfort, although he does get slight tear stains which are clear. He does not have these issues with his other eye.


We have taken him to the vets and mentioned this, however the vet did not seem concerned and told us he had mild conjunctivitis. She did not prescribe any medication.

Here is a good composite for your cat’s food: Protein 32%, Fat 18%, Fiber 3%. Sound good right? Well what if you were told that this in the composite from a pair of old leather boots, used motor oil, and a scoop of sawdust? Wow. Not that appealing after all. Especially for our cats.So what makes a good quality cat food? Well for starters, cats (unlike humans and dogs) are carnivores. They absolutely need meat and better cat foods will have real meat as the first ingredient. You want muscle meat rather than by-products, little to no grains, and WATER. Due to this water requirement (ESPECIALLY important during a cat’s senior years) a high quality canned food is better for cats because it has considerably more water.Beware of starches as some companies will use them to substitute for the grain.There are some great brands out there that offer high quality cat food – the trick is to research these brands, or simply refer to this forum link for great information onquality pet food for your cat.

Our two cats are siblings that we have had since they were kittens.  Maud had to go to the vet for dental work and was gone all day.  When I brought her home and let her out of the carrier, her sister Molly began hissing and growling at her, as if she did not recognize her.  I thought she might be reacting to the smell of the vet office, but two days later and she still hisses menacingly. I am at a loss about how to fix the problem.  Any help is welcome.

Sometimes pet owners does something that irritate their veterinarians, what about the stuffs that vet does makes pet owners go crazy???

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