Cat’s Ear Treatment

On this post, I will share about ear treatment for cat and about my experience to treat an infected ear on Dobby. On some notes I will write in Bahasa while the other I will write in English. Hope this one is helpful.

 

Dobby jbscat #Dobbythefreeginger
Dobby jbscat #Dobbythefreeginger

Some of you already know the story of Dobby from Instagram or hashtag #Dobbythefreeginger. On January 2017, he was dumped near my house with his sister. Both were still kitten and both suffered a severe scabies all over their body especially the ear part. I was saving the donations fund for TNR and feeding..and both of this kitten were scared, confused, malnourished and dehydrated so I decided that moment that I will try my best to treated their scabs by myself first (and if their body got stronger and better but their scabs was not healing, I promised to bring them to the vet to get an anti-parasite shot). I treated them with a medicated salve and VCO for 2 weeks then thankfully the scabs were healed. The next 2 weeks after that, I put Revolution on them (right before Dobby’s sister went missing) to make all the bad stuff on their body disappear.

 

A month after that, I realized that Dobby still often found to scratched his ears. The worse part is that he scratched it so hard it started to bleed on the inside of his ear. And many times he scratched, s black hard goo goos start to came out of it and when I take it, it was a dried blood that stuck inside his ear. At that time Dobby also giving out this awful smell. I thought it came from his mouth. Turns out his mouth is not smelly, the bad smell came out from his ears. When this happened, I am quite sure that Dobby suffer an infected ear. Most likely, the scabies are the one to blame. Infected ear happened because something went inside the ears of the cat.

 

Infeksi telinga pada kucing, dari penjelajahan internet yang saya dapat diakibatkan karena masuknya benda-benda asing ke telinga kucing. Misalnya kutu kuping, shampoo, air (ya, air pun bisa jadi hati-hati ketika memandikan), bakteri, darah, dsb. Pada kasus Dobby, kemungkinan tungau penyebab scabies atau darah lah yang masuk ke dalam telinganya dan menyebabkan radang atau infeksi. Telinga jadi gatal, sakit dan berbau. Kucing akan terlihat sering menggaruk telinganya secara berlebihan.

 

Biasanya untuk perawatan telinga saya hanya punya pembersih telinga tetes yang murah hanya untuk perawatan rutin. Karena kucing sehat biasanya telinganya juga bersih sendiri. Tapi karena Dobby, saya belajar banyak soal telinga kucing dan saya akan bagi informasi di sini soal apa saja yang saya pakai untuk merawat telinga kucing-kucing.

 

  1. VCO (Virgin Coconut Oil)

I used VCO for ear treatment when I see a sign of scabs or earmites or dirty ear on the cat. How to use? Just take a drop for each ear, rub it on your fingers, apply on the tip of inside their ear. Usually it would help to take away the bad stuff. You can do this on cats’ ears and dogs’ ears too because I got this tip from a dog owner.

Kesannya saya kaya promo-in VCO banget ya haahaha tapi ya karena memang saya pakai buat segala macam dan memang membantu sesuai pengalaman makanya saya pun berani jual. Untuk yang mau beli VCO sekalian bantu kucing-kucing liar di area sekitar tempat tinggal kami, bisa kontak via DM ke Instagram @jbscat ya. Soal manfaat-manfaat VCO yang lain selain untuk telinga kucing pernah dibahas di pos sebelum ini.

 

  1. Cat Ear Cleanser

Using VCO or a more natual way needs extra effort and attention because you have to apply it as often as you can. Usually when Jelly have a signs of scabs on his ears, I apply VCO on his ears 2 to 3 times a day. If you are working away from home or have a hard time of scheduling the treatment for the cats, you can use cat ear cleanser to maintain their ears clean and healthy.

Cat Ear Cleanser
Cat Ear Cleanser

Ada dua macam tipe pembersih telinga yang saya pakai, yang pertama saya beli itu yang dioles. Larutan ini bisa dipakai tidak hanya untuk membersihkan telinga tapi juga untuk membersihkan luka, terutama yang bernanah atau infeksi. Caranya sisa tuang larutan ke kapas, kemudian lap telinga atau luka kucing dengan kapas tersebut. Pastikan tidak ada serat-serat kapas yang tertinggal di dalam telinga atau di luka kucingnya, ya. Saya punya ini untuk keadaan darurat saja jaga-jaga..tapi saya kurang rekomendasi karena ini hanya bisa membersihkan area luar telinga kucing yang terjangkau. Jadi area bagian dalam masih kotor biasanya atau berjamur kalau pakai ini. Ingat jangan korek-korek atau colok-colok bagian dalam telinga kucing ya nanti pendengaran mereka menurun, sakit atau bahkan tuli. Hati-hati.

Healthy Ears, Cat Ear Drop Cleanser
Healthy Ears, Cat Ear Drop Cleanser

Tipe kedua dari pembersih telinga kucing adalah yang ditetes seperti obat tetes mata. Sisa teteskan ke dalam telinga 2-3 tetes, langsung bantu membersihkan telinga dari berbagai kotoran dan jamur. Yang sedang saya pakai ini (pernah saya bahas di Instagram) namanya Healthy Ears. Harganya sebotol ini sekarang sekitar Rp 14.000,- ($1 USD). Murah tapi untuk yang sudah parah tidak bisa sembuh pakai ini. Ini saya pakai hanya untuk menjaga kebersihan telinga secara rutin. Kalau ada biaya baiknya beli pembersih telinga kucing dari brand Virbac saja yang namanya Epi Otic Ear Cleanser. Harganya lebih mahal tapi jauh lebih bagus. Rencananya nanti saya akan beli Epi Otic untu pengganti si Healthy Ears ini. Bisa ditemukan di pet store atau klinik hewan.

Epi-Otic Virbac (Ear Care/Cleanser)
Epi-Otic Virbac (Ear Care/Cleanser)

 

  1. Sagestam (Sterile Eye/Ear Drops)

Sagestam (sterile eyes and ears drops)

I don’t know if on other country sell this medicine. It contains Gentamicin sulfate which the same as 3 miligrams of Gentamicin. As you know Gentamicin does work wonderful to treat cats’ eyes. At first I bought this medicine to treat some cats who had lots of goo goos in their eyes and had a mild eye infection. Turns out for this specific medicine also can be use for cats’ ears. It also can treat infected ears on a cat. I used this for Dobby’s ears once a day before along with the ear cleanser. But since this medicine is like a water sometimes when I put a drop on his ear, he immediately shake his head and all the liquid came out. His ears got better, but as soon as I stopped giving this, Dobby started to scratched his ears again.

Sagestam ini pernah saya pos juga di Instagram, bisa dibeli di apotek juga. Jangan digunakan dan dipakai berlebihan baik untuk mata maupun telinga kucing. Karena ini jatuhnya obat bukan perawatan rutin. Jadi kalau sudah diberi ini selama seminggu tapi tidak sembuh, langsung bawa ke dokter hewan dan ceritakan juga ke dokter kalau sudah diberi Sagestam ini ya. Mungkin ada salah di dosis atau karena mungkin Sagestam sudah tidak cukup untuk menyembuhkan. Intinya jangan terlalu sering memberikan obat kimia ke hewan dan akan lebih baik jika di bawah naungan dokter hewan dalam proses pemberiannya.

 

  1. Dexoryl (from Virbac)

Dexoryl Virbac Ear Drops

This one is on another level of medicine. It’s the bom dot com. LOL. This is an ear drop, again, from Virbac also just like Epi Otic Ear Cleanser that I mentioned before. But this one contains more extra medicine (I guess?) to treat the ear of a cat that has a severe parasite or infection or sickness on their ear. In my city, you can buy Epi Otic Ear Cleanser from Virbac on pet store but for Dexoryl you have to buy it on animal clinic or vet since it already came out as a drug that needs a prescription under the name of a vet or clinic (that’s what a guy on the pet store told me when I ask is there any Dexoryl avalaible in the store).

The best part is this one has a texture and density like an oil. You can read on the box it even said “oil suspension”. Because it’s like an oil, it’s heavier and sticky so it will stick to the inside of the ears longer so it does the job also better. Even when Dobby shake his head off, none of the liquid from this medicine came out from his ear. It will stick to the ear and it helps heal faster.

Dexoryl ini cukup mahal. Saya beli di klinik hewan seharga Rp 115,000,- ($8.8 USD). Tapi dari hasilnya yang langsung bekerja dan membuat sembuh, saya rasa harganya seimbang dengan kualitasnya. Banyak yang tanya apakah ini bisa dipakai membasmi kutu telinga, saya kurang tahu tapi bisa ditanyakan ke dokter hewan. Tapi saran saya kalau ada kutu telinga pakai VCO seperti yang sudah dijelaskan di atas atau pakai Revolution saja supaya tidak hanya kutu telinga saja yang pergi tapi semua kutu dan parasit serta cacing di badan kucingnya pergi semua. Soal Dexoryl ini pernah saya bahas juga di Instagram ya.

 

In conclusion, and in my opinion, for cats’ ear treatment you only have to had the Epi Otic Ear Cleanser. Because if you keep their ears clean, you don’t need other medicine since the cats will always be healthy. I’m just sharing my experience here. You don’t have to buy all of these stuffs if your cats’ ear are healthy. You only need VCO and one good ear cleanser for their routine treatment.

 

Kalau ada yang mau menambahkan informasi boleh komentar saja di post ini, ya..

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