How common are ear infections in cats?

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How common are ear infections in cats?

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Infections of the external ear canal, also called the outer ear, are common in dogs, but not very common in cats. This is called otitis externa. The Persian breed appears more prone to ear infections than other breeds of cats. What are the symptoms of an ear infection? A cat with an ear infection is uncomfortable; the ear canals are sensitive. The cat shakes his head trying to get the debris and fluid out, and he scratches his ears. The ears often become red and inflamed and develop an offensive odor. A black or yellowish discharge commonly occurs. Don’t these symptoms usually suggest ear mites? Ear mites can cause several of these symptoms, including a black discharge, scratching, and head shaking. Ear mite infections generally occur most commonly in kittens. Ear mites in adult cats occur most frequently after a kitten carrying mites is introduced into the household. Sometimes, ear mites will create an environment within the ear canal which leads to a secondary infection with bacteria