What causes ear infections in cats?

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Ear problems in cats have a number of possible causes and they can be divided into primary or secondary causes. Primary ones trigger ear inflammation directly, and they include ear mites or foreign bodies in the ear canal. Allergies also cause ear irritation but it’s less common than in dogs. Other primary causes are tumors or polyps in the ear.

It’s thought that polyps may also be a secondary issue as they can develop in response to chronic inflammation of the ear canal. Other secondary issues are bacterial or fungal infections.

What this means is that if your cat has an ear problem, treating any infection on its own isn’t likely to resolve it. You (and your vet) will need to work out the primary cause and tackle that. | 12.22.15 @ 00:25
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