Popoki the cat spends a lot of time sitting on my desk, staring into my eyes. She's a shadow kitty, and I encourage her by petting her every few minutes. Last week, when I gave her head a little scratch, my hand came away wet. When I looked a little closer, I realized my hand was wet from puss from little Popoki's ear.
Apparently, cat ear infections are somewhat rare. However, Popoki faced a perfect storm of triggers. I was out of town for a few days, so she felt a little stressed. And, hubby was pulling up nasty carpet in the basement, which exposed Popoki to all sorts of dust and mold spores. That was just enough to let an infection in.
Cat ear infections, if left untreated, can be pretty darn serious. They can move deep into the ear and cause deafness, or they can attack the nerves that control the face and mouth, and that can lead to eating problems or dry eyes.
So an ear infection is nothing to ignore. And there are all sorts of things can people can do to help. These are my top 3 tips.