Sphynx cats have ears that are quite different from other types of cats. The main differences are that the Sphynx cat’s ears are very large and they are almost completely hairless. These two factors mean that oil, wax and dirt tend to build up in the Sphynx’s ears which can create serious health problems, such as infections, ear mites, discomfort and deafness. This is why it’s extremely important that you clean your Sphynx’s ears on a regular basis. You should clean your Sphynx’s Cat Ears at least once a week, generally in conjunction with its regular bath time.
How to clean Sphynx’s ears?
Most Sphynx cats hate having their ears cleaned. They will squirm and struggle and this can make it a very difficult experience for the owner. It is very important that you are patient and persistent as this is something that cannot be avoided. You will also need to be very careful, as if your Sphynx moves suddenly you may inadvertently harm the ear.
When it comes to cleaning your Sphynx’s ears, there are a few supplies that you will need. They are:
- Cat ear cleaner. You can get this from your vet or a pet store.
- Cotton balls or disposable cloth towels
- Cotton buds (Q-tips)
The first thing that you will need to do is to apply the ear cleaner. The easiest way to do this is to apply the ear cleaner to a cotton ball or towel, rather than putting it directly into the ear. You should then put the cotton ball just inside the Sphynx’s ear. Gently massage from the base to the tip of the ear in an attempt to spread the ear cleaner and loosen up all the wax, oil and dirt from within the ear.
Then use a clean cloth towel to wipe out all the excess grime and ear cleaner. You can then use a cotton bud (Q-tip) to go around all the cracks and crevices in the outer ear. You have to be extremely careful with Q-tip when trying to get dirt from the inside of the ear. First of all you won’t know how deep to go and secondly you need to hold your cat’s head firmly to avoid sudden head movement and permanent damage to his/her hearing. If you can’t do it alone ask somebody to assist you.
You may find that your Sphynx cat’s ear starts twitching or that he/she is persistently trying to scratch at the ear while you are cleaning it. If this happens it’s probably just a minor itch or irritation. Do not worry! Have a break for a moment and let your Sphynx have a bit of a scratch. You can then resume with the ear cleaning when he or she is more relaxed.