How to treat a cat or kitten ear yeast infection

Itchy, Scratchy Ears: Ear and Skin Yeast Infections in Cats

cat ear problemsA cat ear yeast infection is one of the most commonly diagnosed cat ear problems at veterinary clinics. But unlike their canine counterparts, cats, by nature, tend to be very stoic creatures. As a result, cat ear problems such as cat ear infections may cause serious health issues and may reach an advanced state before symptoms become noticeable. If you suspect your cat may have an ear infection, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian immediately. Only your vet can help you determine the underlying cause of the infection – yeast, ear mites, fungus, or something else entirely – and recommend the best treatment or remedy. 

How can I tell if my cat ear problems are due to an ear infection?

Is your cat scratching at her ears? Is she shaking her head frequently? Are your cat's ears smelly or do you notice heat around the ears? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, your cat may have an ear yeast infection. Other signs and symptoms to look for include:

  • Black or yellowish discharge
  • Redness or swelling in and around the ear
  • Waxy buildup on or near the ear canal
  • Discharge from the ear that resembles coffee grounds (a symptom of ear mites)
  • Hearing loss or loss of balance

What causes cat ear infections? Cat Skin infections?

Yeast is the most common cause of fungal ear infections in cats, but bacterial infections, both pathogenic (picked up from outside) and non-pathogenic (such as staph) are also quite common cat ear problems. Ear mites are another common cause of head shaking and scratching. A veterinarian can quickly determine if ear mites are the cause, and may prescribe a small dose of Ivermectin to eliminate the mites in short order.

Other contributing causes of ear infections in cats include:

  • Wax buildup or thick hair in the ear canal
  • Allergies (dietary or environmental)
  • Autoimmune diseases (FIV)
  • Tumors/polyps within the ear canal or a ruptured eardrum
  • Foreign bodies such as foxtails or grass seeds

Can Banixx help with my cat’s ear infection?

Once your veterinarian has determined the underlying cause of your cat’s ear infection and recommended treatment to eliminate it, Banixx can be applied twice daily as a soothing, healing agent to treat the infection itself. Banixx can also be used as a regular ear cleaner for those cats prone to cat ear problems and cat ear infections.

To use Banixx to treat your cat’s ear infection, simply spray Banixx onto cotton ball until moist, and gently apply to the affected ear(s). Results should be seen in a couple of days. You will love Banixx' quick results; your cat will love the fact that Banixx does not have any smell or odor and causes absolutely no pain or discomfort!

From Eve via Amazon Banixx product reviews

"We have been treating our cat for cat infections for 2 years. The vets have given up. I thought this was worth a try. After one week, the infection was gone. I recomend this product to everyone!"

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