Video: How to clean your cat's ears

You might need to clean your cat’s ears regularly if your cat’s are waxy or if they are having problems with their ears. In our how-to video guide below, Vet Vicky Bridges shows you the best method of cleaning your cat’s ears.

Some cats do not like the feeling of eardrops entering their ear. If this is the case for your cat, you can ask someone to help you by holding the cat still, around the top of the front legs. If you are alone, you can wrap your cat up in a big towel to keep them nice and secure.

Take a firm but gentle grip on your cat’s head, pull back the ear flap to expose the ear canal and administer the cleaning drops, making sure you use a good amount and that the drops get right into the ear canal. 

After the drops, massage the base of your cat’s ear to ensure that the drops have made their way into the ear canal. This will also help to loosen up any wax that has built up. 

You can then use cotton wool to wipe away any wax that comes loose. Be careful not to push anything down the ear canal and not to use cotton buds.

Need more advice on cleaning your cat’s ears?

For expert advice on keeping your cat’s ears clean and healthy, get in touch with your local vet. To find your nearest recommended vet or pet clinic, use our Find a Vet page.