The cat's ear is a very sensitive organ, and often it is he who reacts to changes in the body. If the cat has red ears, and even more so if this symptom is accompanied by a high fever, then the owner can begin to sound the alarm. Untimely treatment can lead to serious complications, the list of which includes the complete deafness of the animal.
Red dots on the ears, and sometimes even completely reddened (sometimes even hot) ears, indicate that the cat suffers from an allergic reaction for any reason. This may be the environment, and a new feed, medicine, flea saliva. To understand the cause of redness, you need to contact a specialist. Fortunately, allergies in animals are treated as easily as in humans, so after visiting a veterinarian the cat will definitely feel better and the redness from the ears will pass.
2. Foreign body in the ear
Sometimes it’s hard to understand why a cat has red ears. If there is no apparent reason, you need to look at the ear canal itself. Perhaps, during the walk, something hit him - from a piece of grass to a thorn or small stone - and this object irritates the auricle. You can try to remove the interfering object yourself, but it is better to consult a veterinarian in order not to accidentally damage an already irritated organ.
3. Ear hematoma
The cat's ear may turn red as a result of the appearance of the so-called auditory hematoma. These problems are very painful for cats, therefore, they require the immediate intervention of a specialist. Such bruises may appear for the following reasons.:
- Ear injury, possibly during play or due to a failed landing. A rupture of a vessel can also occur when an animal scratches its head very much or shakes it;
- Infections, allergies, ear mites - all that provokes violent organ damage.
Ear mites cause otodectosis - ear scabies, which in turn can trigger the appearance of otitis media. In addition to scratches near the ear, a red spot on the coat (dried bleeding), a strange smell and reddish-brown discharge also indicate the presence of ear scabies.
Otitis is an inflammation of the auricle in a cat. The disease spreads to all parts of the ear, including the inner ear. Of the possible causes, various factors are distinguished, from allergies to ear mites and fungal infections. If the cat has a red ear inside and an unpleasant smell, scratches are visible outside, and the cat behaves differently than usual, then most likely he will have otitis media. The veterinarian will prescribe the necessary drugs, and after treatment, the owner will need to monitor the cleanliness of his pet’s ears and regularly wipe them, removing excess earwax. This procedure is also useful for healthy cats, as it is a good prevention of inflammation.
6. Solar dermatitis
As mentioned earlier, the cat's ear is very sensitive, therefore susceptible to sunburn. First of all, this applies to white cats, however, other breeds are not protected from this disease. At first, dermatitis manifests itself through mild redness and some baldness of the ear, but then it can be accompanied by itching, bleeding, scratches and other symptoms. Untimely measures taken against solar dermatitis can become the causes of another, more serious disease - squamous cell carcinoma.
7. Squamous cell carcinoma of the ear
A malignant skin tumor or squamous cell carcinoma is the result of prolonged exposure to sunlight. The nose, ears, mouth and eyelids of an animal are usually affected. Without treatment, cancer can give metastases to the lymph nodes and lungs. At risk are old cats with white hair or sphynx cats. Therefore, it is very important that when the cat sees a red spot near the ear, start treatment. It may not be a tumor, but it is better to play it safe so as not to lose your favorite.
Redness of the ears in feline can be caused by various diseases, but one thing is clear - to treat this symptom is necessary in any case, since it can speak of both harmless problems and more serious cases.