While cats are typically very good at grooming themselves, they sometimes have trouble cleaning inside their ears. Cleaning your cat’s ears can help lower their risk for a cat ear infection. To clean your cat’s ears, you’ll need to find a cat ear cleaner solution.
To begin, hold your cat in your lap. You may want to wrap a towel around your feline with their head poking out to help keep them still. Pull back an ear flap and squeeze in enough ear solution to fill the entire ear canal. Use gauze—which you can wrap around your finger—to clean inside your cat’s ear canal, and then use a separate piece of gauze to dry their ear.
If you notice redness, swelling or discharge in your cat’s ear before cleaning, you shouldn’t perform the cleaning. Instead, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian. Ear cleaning can also be a great time to consider your cat’s other grooming and bathing needs. Take a look at Petco’s full selection of cat grooming and bathing supplies.