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A cat we took in has a bacterial infection in s ears!Is this

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A cat we took in has a bacterial infection in his ears!Is this contagious to other cats? What is treatment protocal?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 5 months ago.

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Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 5 months ago.

Sorry to hear poor Red is having this ear issue! Bacterial ear infections in dogs and cats are not typically contagious- they are usually secondary to an allergy (seasonal environmental allergy to pollens, molds, dust, etc), a flea allergy, or less commonly, a food allergy. Sometimes they can have ear mites which cause the bacterial infection- and ear mites are contagious from cat to cat- but I am assuming your veterinarian has already ruled this out.

I'm sorry you are having trouble medicating Red's ears. You are not alone! Cats can be NOTORIOUSLY difficult to medicate, especially when it comes to their ears. There are few tactics you can try at home. The first would be to try and get the drops in while he is sleeping- quickly put the medicine in before he wakes up. The second would be to wait until mealtime when you know he is hungry, and to offer some of his favorite treats or canned food. It is best to have a second person helping. Get him up at waist level (on a table or counter), and gently wipe out the ears, then get the medication in his ears. Continue to offer treats and praise him- he may come to see it as a positive experience if you always offer the treats with the medication. If these techniques fail, you can discuss with your veterinarian a few other options- one would be to bring him in daily for them to administer the medication. Another would be to see if they can order a special medication from a compounding pharmacy that only needs to be applied once or twice (these aren't always as effective). I hope this has helped- I will provide a link that demonstrates proper ear medicating technique.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSXZO1aNYS0

Expert:  Rebekah Kane replied 5 months ago.

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