What Causes Sphynx Ear Gunk?
Today we’re diving into a topic that might sound a tad strange, but it's oh-so-important when it comes to our Sphynx kitties - it’s ear gunk! Yep, you read that right, we’re talking all about that waxy muck that lurks in those gorgeous bat-like ears
So why do our Sphynx’s ears get full of all that black waxy buildup?
Hairless cats don’t have fur in their ears like normal cats do - of course, you know this. Fur plays an important role in absorbing the natural oils in the ear, preventing this buildup in cats with fur, unlike our hairless kitties.
Fur also acts as a barrier stopping any environmental debris from entering the ear. Hairless cats do not have the same protection so dust and allergens can easily get into the ear canal and can contribute to this black waxy buildup.
The lack of fur also causes a wetter environment in the ear which makes it an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and yeast to grow. These are commonly found in the ear gunk when it is analyzed.
So the million-dollar question is what can you do about it?
- You can use an ear cap when you go outside. This will not only protect their delicate ears from sun damage but will give your kitty's ears protection from environmental debris.
- You should include ear cleaning as part of your regular grooming sessions. I highly recommend using our RenewedPet brand of all-natural ear-cleaning drops. These are specially formulated using only organic ingredients to remove chronic gunk buildup in your pet's ears. Once you have effectively removed all the muck you should continue using this product at least twice a month to prevent it from returning. Never EVER use a Q-tip in your cat’s ears! Here is a great step-by-step guide on how to use our products most effectively.
Ignoring this buildup can lead to infection, expensive vet bills, and uncomfortable procedures for your kitty, should the wax become impacted.
So don’t wait, order your ear care kit today and say goodbye to yucky ear gunk and hello to ear-resistably clean ears!
Keep giving your pets the best of natural life!
April Arguin A.S., C.P.N., M.P.H