Common ear problems in cats include ear mites, fungi infections, bacterial infections, yeast infections, or allergy reactions. If you notice inflammation surrounding your cats' ear, take her to the veterinarian to be treated. When ear infections are left untreated they can damage the inner ear. Ear infections can occur when there is an excess production of ear wax. The surplus of wax creates an ideal feeding ground for micro organisms.
A regular routine of ear cleaning can help catch and prevent common ear problems in cats. Vets advise the introduction of ear cleaning early so your pet becomes used to the cleaning and less likely to squirm. To clean the ear and check for any ear problems gently unfold and stretch your cats ear until you can glimpse the inner ear. If you notice red or black ear wax or any discharge, your pet may have an ear infection and should be checked over by a veterinarian. Continue to gently clean the ear, at this time you may wish to use an ear cleaner. You may apply a few drops of cleaner, rub it in for 20-40 seconds, and then wipe the ear with a cotton swab or pad. Q-tips are not recommended for use in cats. Avoid cleaning to deep in the ear as doing so can inflict damage and pain on the inner ear.