After taking a trip to the vet for my cat a while ago it was brought to my attention about a product which could clean his ears.
He was missing for a few weeks and beforehand he was a gorgeous and well groomed cat but he came back thin and unhealthy and his ear were full of black marks and mites. At first I thought being the big head that I am that I could solve his ear problems.
We eventually went to the vet and that had the Clean Aural container on the side and it was priced at £8.24 for a 50ml bottle and they said it would help ease his ears.
I thought it might be a risk spending so much on a product I never seen or heard off before but again I was proved wrong by the vet which is always a nice thing to happen.
I opened up the grey bottle and inside was a long nose point which had a screw on cap at the top to stop the liquid leaking out. You then tilt the bottle into the ear of the cat and the long pointed part is meant to go inside and you squeeze quite hard to get some of the liquid out.
I was then told after a small amount comes out to rub the ear in a massage fashion and it would help the liquid go further down the ear and help clean the ear but also help bring any mites to the surface so you can easily clean them away.
I noticed there was a smell and his ear was quite wet and damp looking so I had to be careful how much I put in which was difficult because he had dark fur in his ears as well so it was a challenge to try and see how much liquid I put inside.
The long pointed part of the bottle which is inserted into the ear has a wide opening so there can be quite a bit of liquid which goes into the cats ears which is the main purpose. After a few days I went to check again and all the mites had come to the surface and some cotton wool helped me remove it completely.
I found a few days after I put some more in no more black marks or mites appeared in the ear so I knew the product had worked quite well.
I found shortly after he had a small amount of wax or mites bites up again and he was slightly deaf and I used this and within 10 minutes he was shaking his head and you could see bits fly out it sounds disgusting and it was but the beauty was it worked again.
I think the biggest problem with this for me is the ability to know much to put down the ear. I sometimes put a very small amount with no results and then put perhaps a bit too much in and the ear ends up soaking wet and people stare at my cat thinking he is seriously ill.
I think the product price is good because I have had the same bottle for ages and for £8.24 it was cheap for me considering a visit to the local vet is £30 just to see them it is a huge saving.
Cleaning was easy as well sometimes you might have some of the black stuff arrive in the bottle nose where you squirt the liquid I usually get a cotton bud and put warm water there and use it to clean the top. This is an easy item to store away and one of the better ones I have seen.
A few months ago I noticed one of my boys (cats) was hard of hearing. I realised this because he'd jump and look visibly shocked when I appeared near him despite the fact I'd made normal amounts of noise as I approached. As my lad is 16 I was fully aware this could be age related but I never assume anything is down to age unless it's been proved to be so I started wondering about cleaning his ears. A quick post on the forum run by Dooyoo's own Fourpaws and I'd been given the name Clean Aural to try.
Clean Aural are basically ear drops for cats and they also have one for dogs. It is specially formulated to be gentle to cat's ears and has a ph of 7.5. It sounds nice too as it contains "organic solvents and extra moisturisers to protect the very delicate lining of the ear canal". I bought mine online for about £7 for the 50ml bottle but I have since noticed my vet's sell this too and the bottle looks exactly as the picture above, silver grey with a picture of a cat's head on it topped off by a slim plastic nozzle that goes into the ear. The instructions are under the outer label so you peel that half off and then reapply it once you've read them so they are there for next time.
The instructions are to insert the nozzle gently into the cat's ear, squeeze the bottle to let some drops of ear cleaner drop in there then remove the nozzle and rub the ear with the outer flap to spread the cleaner around. Then you wait until the cat has shook their head, it doesn't take long as most don't like the sensation of drops in there, then clean the area out with a cotton wool pad. Now if you have a struggler you are going to need someone else to hold the cat probably! My lad actually sat in his bed while I did his ears and although he tried to flatten his ears down I had no trouble inserting the nozzle. Remember you aren't trying to jam the nozzle all the way in, just gently insert it until it's past the outer area but not so far it's touching the inner ear or you could damage their ears.
Once a couple of drops had gone in I rubbed his ear flap around to spread it then sat back to wait for the head shaking. That happened quickly so I used a couple of the circular cotton wool pads to gently clean the ear drops and wax away. The drops can be repeated a couple of times a week or more often in some cases. Once done I left him to be appalled about it all for a few minutes then started calling his name to see if he could now hear me. This is quite the miracle worker as he did indeed respond to his name and various other noises!
My boy's ears weren't very dirty at all and we literally only got out a tiny bit of wax but it's possible for there to be wax further down creating a plug and this helps break it up. Shortly after my lad appeared to have gone totally deaf again so I thought it must have done a bit of temporary good by dislodging some wax but it was still in there so we repeated the treatment each day for a few days and each time he could hear for a while afterwards.
After several days of this we reached the stage where he could hear bits but not everything so I took him into the vets just to let them have a look. It's always a good idea to get things checked out and even though my lad was perfectly well in himself I still wanted them to have a look. The diagnosis was age related deafness but the removal of even that small amount of wax did give him some hearing back.
I use this about once every couple of weeks now just to make sure no wax gets in there and steals his last bit of hearing from him and it's working fine, he can hear certain noises and is now used to the drops so they don't create a problem for him. If your cat's ears look sore or infected you should not use these drops but take them to the vets promptly.
I actually think these drops are brilliant, they work so fast on my lad and allow him to be able to hear bits. If your cat's ears are very waxy it could take several applications but they really are a very efficient product. £7 for the bottle is cheap too as they last ages because you only need a couple of drops each ear each time. I highly recommend these ear drops as a standby in your house in case your cat needs a quick ear clean. A full 5 stars from me and my lad.
Cleanaural Ear Cleaner For Cats is a specially formulated solution of organic solvents and moisturizers designed to clean both healthy and infected ears and maintain them in good condition. Strong enough to rapidly soften and dissolve hardened accumulated wax and debris yet gentle enough for regular use. It has the added benefit of not staining or discoloring the hair around the ears. pH 6.5. Contains organic solvents and moisturisers. Designed to clean both healthy and infected cat ears and to maintain them in a good condition. Do not use if you suspect the eardrum is ruptured.