Rash on ears in cat may be found in different age and serve certain discomfort to the animal. In the majority of cases, that symptom is dangerous neither to animal’s life nor health. But, it is not mean that there is nothing to do. Vise versa, the master’s task is to find out the reason of appearance of this sign and perform a necessary aid which consist in in the selection and administration of drugs and antiseptic treatment of wounds (if severe itching is present).
A Detailed Overview of Possible Causes
It is critical to understand, if rash on cat’s ear has appeared after new after entering a new product in the nutrient budget then food allergic reaction should be excluded (which frequently occurred in elite breed). If this symptom is not related to nutrition, in adult pets, the cause may lie in fungal, bacterial lesions, insect activity and acne. In kittens the same sign can be caused by contact with chemicals, which they have access to (washing powder, dishwasher liquid, windows and toilet bowl detergent). Let’s, go into three most often occurred reasons:
- Insect sting. If the cat has free access to the street, then in the season of activity of insects there is a possibility of the presence of bites from mosquitoes, flies, gadflies. That is why the rash on ears can be the result of bite of one of the listed insects. Almost always such sting resolves itself during several hours without leaving any traces. During the day in the area of bite redness and itching may be present. Things are more complicated with bites of bees and wasps, so as after it severe swelling and redness may appear. And the place of sting will be very painful. In the majority of cases all symptoms calm for a few days. Only on the rare occasions emergency care from veterinarian may be required (if the bite fell on the area of the tongue, neck, eyelid).
- Allergic reaction. It may be short term or long-lasting effect with symptoms that bring devastating discomfort to the animal. Short term allergy may cause rash on ears after walking across tall-grass or contact with other irritating factors, substances. There are well-known cases when home plants became the reason of this phenomenon but for human it absolutely is not dangerous, but may cause strong allergic reaction in animals. In most cases such short term allergies, go away their for several hours, sometimes masters have to give to their pets antihistamines. It is more complicated with allergic reaction which is caused by constant exposure to the skin of substances. It goes about carpets, woolen items, plastic, etc. It must be excused from the daily life of the animal, as cases of exacerbation can be observed every time after contact with a potential allergen. If the reaction cause by dust, wool, blossoming of plants then a veterinarian consultation is needed. There is a high probability that the pet will need lifelong maintenance therapy during an exacerbation of symptoms.
- Fleas. We specially removed these parasites separately from mosquitoes and flies, because their appearance can be prevented if you regularly treat your pet from fleas and ticks. If a cat has a rash on its ears, neck, withers and tail, flea variant must be excluded. Characteristic signs of the presence of these parasites are also considered white or black grains in the hair, the appearance of scratches throughout the body of the animal. Even worse, if a cat is allergic to flea saliva, then hair loss, redness of the skin and the appearance of multiple wounds throughout the body can be added to all of the listed symptoms. To avoid this, veterinarians recommend treating all animals living in the house with anti-parasitic drugs at least once every three months. There are different drugs to get rid of this problem. They are available in the form of drops, which are applied to the pet’s withers so that he does not have the opportunity to reach out to this place with his tongue and lick the preparation from the hair. Therefore, in no case do not apply the drug to the tail, limbs and stomach of the cat, as this can lead to serious poisoning.
In conclusion, should recalled that a rash on the ears can be caused by scratching from a cat’s claws if it suffers from diseases that cause severe itching. We are talking about an ear tick and different types of otitis, in which animals have a terrible itching in the temples and ears. Here, in addition to rashes, a fetid odor and dirty discharge from the ear canal will still be present. For the diagnosis, microscopic and cytological are needed.