Natural Cure for Cat’s Ear Infection

A natural cure for cat’s ear infection can become an effective means to end the constant shaking of the head and scratch of the ear that accompanies this common ear problem. While your feline will most likely dislike any remedy that comes in contact with their ultra-sensitive ears, it is important to seek out the safest and least threatening approaches to combating an ear infection.

Symptoms of Cat Ear Infection

A cat suffering an ear infection will often shake its head in an attempt to remove debris and fluid out of the ear, as well as scratch at their ears or the side of their face. The irritation in the ear may also drive a cat to rub their ears or head against carpeting or furniture. After awhile, the ears appear red, irritated, and become painfully inflamed. An unpleasant odor develops, which is accompanied by ear discharge that is black, brown, or yellowish in color.

When a cat is battling a severe infection, they may lose their sense of balance or suffer “head tilt,” which is characterized by the persistent turn of the head that usually indicates an issue with the middle or inner ear. Overall, ear infection in cats is quite uncomfortable because the ear canals are a very sensitive part of feline anatomy. When it comes to keeping an eye out for the symptoms associated with cat’s ear infection, keep in mind that the Persian breed seems more susceptible to ear infections than any other species of cat.

Causes of Cat’s Ear Infection

When it comes to cat’s ear infection, there are two common diagnoses a veterinarian may conclude: otitis externa (infection of the ear canal) and otitis media (infection of the middle ear). Otitis externa is typically caused by bacteria or related to the overproduction of yeast. Sometimes, an accumulation of wax in the ear; debris; faulty drainage of the ear; and matted hair in the canal is also behind an infection of the ear canal.

Otitis media is typically the result of an ear canal infection that has spread to the middle ear. Sometimes, inappropriate cleansing of the ear causes a rupture in the eardrum that leads to infection. Additionally, the spread of debris and ulceration are also behind the progression of a middle ear infection in cats.

The presence of mites can also cause infection to develop in a cat’s ear. The miniscule parasites are behind the overproduction of wax in the ear because of the irritation they initiate. The excess wax begins to clog the ear, eventually worsening cat ear infection symptoms. Ear mites also cause secondary infections in the ear that involves bacteria and fungus (in the form of yeast). Although a veterinarian visit may not reveal the immediate presence of mites – a noticeable ear infection caused by the irritating parasite is left behind.

Cat’s ear infection is rarely a condition that threatens the life of a feline, but the ear can only tolerate a certain level of inflammation before permanent damage becomes a result. When left untreated, a persistent problem may develop, which can become quite hard to reverse. Sometimes the ear canal will actually close when the infection has become advanced and chronic. While there are some medications that can decrease swollen tissues that allows the canal to open in some cats – others may require surgery to correct this problem. In the worse cases, hearing loss is an unfortunate outcome.

Using a Natural Cure for Cat’s Ear Infection

Traditionally, a veterinarian will prescribe cat antibiotics, antifungal medicines, or another drug on the market. However, many cats undergo a disruption in the normal makeup of the inside ear when taking such remedies. Sometimes, the simplest of ear infections can become a long-term issue when an adverse reaction to antibiotics takes place. Over the years, pet owners have become more interested in the results associated with the use of natural pet cures. As you scan the many natural cures for cat’s ear infection, you will find remedies that come in liquid, as well as tablet form.

When a brownish-pink wax fills the ear canal of your cat, chances are they are suffering a yeast infection that requires a thorough cleaning. Diluted white vinegar helps revitalize the chemical balance in the ears by removing unwanted dirt and debris. It is suggested to pour a small amount into the ear canal, massaging the area before gently wiping the inside of the ear using a cotton ball. Using vinegar is a once-a-day treatment that continues until the ear becomes better.

An herb called pau d’ arco is an inner bark natural cure for cat’s ear infection that originates in South America. This organic antibiotic works fast to eliminate fungi and bacteria. At the first sign of cat ear infection, mix equal parts of pau d’ arco tincture with mineral oil and place several drops into the ears of your cat. For a couple of days, the treatment is given two to three times per day.

When ear mites are the source of a cat ear infection, consider putting a few drops of almond oil or olive oil in each ear, which kills mites and allows the infection to gradually heal. This particular regimen is necessary for three to four weeks – using three to seven drops of oil each day. Sulphur tablets are also considered a well known anti-parasitic used to treat ear mites in cats.

To treat severe cases with a natural cure for cat’s ear infection when a loss of balance or head tilt surfaces, administer one tablet of gelsemium for three to four days (three times daily). Additional natural remedies for cat’s ear infection includes vitamin C (reduces inflammation), an all-natural diet (reduces wax and boosts immune system), and hepar sulph or graphites to treat discharges of pus and foul smells.

Safe Administering of a Natural Cure for Cat’s Ear Infection

When using a natural cure for an infection in the ear, it is important to administer the remedy into the horizontal part of the ear canal. First, gently pull the ear flap straight up, holding it with one hand. Apply a small amount of the remedy into the vertical portion of the ear canal – making sure the ear flap is kept elevated. This position should be held long enough to allow the medication to run down the rest of the canal.

Place one finger in front of the ear flap at the base, as your thumb rests behind and at the base of the ear flap. Massage the ear canal between your finger and thumb until you hear a “squishing” sound, which indicates that the medication has reached the horizontal canal. After releasing the ear, your cat will probably shake his or her head. It is normal to see dissolved wax fall out of the ear when applicable.

Last, clean the outer part of the ear canal and the inside of the ear flap using a cotton ball (not a Q-Tip) that has been soaked in a bit of rubbing alcohol.

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  2. I was very impressed by all the FREE info on your website!!! Thanks to you,the white vinegar treatment worked!!! My little girl is all BETTER!!!! Her ears are cleaner than they EVER been.Thank you:)

    • “Pau D’Arco is an immune stimulant and is effective against bacteria, fungal, viral, parasitic and yeast infections.” Amazon. sell this. I suspect the US version does too.

      • The Tabebuia impetiginosa tree is now on the endangered species list. There is concern, and some evidence, that bark from other types of trees (e.g. Brazilian mahogany sawmill shavings) is sometimes sold as pau d’arco.

        Bear in mind that topically applied preparations can be absorbed through the skin and accumulate in the tissues; in cats these especially accumulate in the liver. Some studies in rodents have also shown that higher doses of lapachol (the active ingredient) can promote cancer metastasis, as well as cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancerous tissue changes.

        It’s also toxic to foetuses

        Pau D’arco contains hydroquinone. Oral LD50 values for several animal species range between 300 and 1300 mg/kg body weight. However, LD50 values for the cat range from 42 to 86 mg/kg body weight because the cat’s liver is poor at metabolising it. Acute high-level exposure to hydroquinone causes severe effects on the central nervous system (CNS) including hyperexcitability, tremor, convulsions, coma, and death. At sublethal doses, these effects are reversible.

        As with tea tree, even when “used carefully”, natural does not mean “safe” and “safe for humans” does not mean “safe for cats”.

        • You may know this. The reason why this particular comment of yours was held for moderation by the website software is because it contained two links. Of course, I totally trust you but the software sees potential spam in 2 links and PoC gets a mass of spam (hundreds of thousands of spam comments) which is all filtered out. I am sorry if this inconvenienced you.

          The article was written by a paid contributor about 5 years ago or more. It ranks highly in Google search results! However, I love your comment and scholarship. It is unique in the internet cat world, which is very special. Thanks Sarah.

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  4. nice info, thx for the effort, my little Stuart is Persian cat, last days i noticed that he scratch hard behind his ears, i tried to clean it by cotton balls,
    i want to know how to get or to make the Diluted white vinegar, how much vinegar to water, thx a lot

    • Askar, I think you need fist of all to make sure that your cat has an ear infection. He may have ear mites (a parasite) or some other parasite. I would honestly have him checked out by a vet first and then if he has an ear infection you can decide to use a natural remedy or the treatment suggested by your vet.

      It is too dangerous to presume that he has an ear infection just because he is scratching behind his ears. Please make sure he does not damage his ears by scratching because that will cause a bacterial infection to take hold.

      Thanks for visiting.

  5. I have 2 cats that have been “sharing” an ear mite infection back and forth for years. We’ve tried the vet’s medicine of amoxycillin without success and I have recently started the herbal remedy suggested above (Pau de Arco) and cleaning with apple cider vinegar. However, both cats’ ears seem worse after about 3 days of this treatment. Ears are extremely sensitive to touch and are very warm in comparison to the rest of their bodies. Otherwise, the cats seem to be doing fine other than being a bit more isolative and grumpy because they don’t feel well.

    Any other suggestions?? I hate seeing my babies hurting!

    Much thanks.

    • Hi Carmel

      I will presume that a vet has diagnosed ear mites. It is important that a vet does this because there are other ear conditions and if you treat for ear mites it may make another condition worse if it is not ear mites.

      I would have say that if my cat had ear mites I would ask the vet to treat them. You can treat them but ears are delicate structures and you can make things worse. Also ear mites are very irritating for a cat so you need to fix the problem conclusively once and for all.

      It seems like this problem has been going on for too long (no criticism intended).

      The conventional treatment is to clean the ears, ideally with a special solution that your vet will have such as Oti-Clens. Please ask your vet and ask them how you use it! It should be done with some skill and great care.

      Then medicate the ear to kill the mites. Your vet will advise. Medications are Nolvamite, Mitaclear and Tresaderm. Follow your vet’s instructions.

      Another complication is that on treatment the mites may escape the ear and go onto the body. Therefore you do have to treat the cat’s body too with an insecticide. This must also be done with great care because insecticides are poisonous substances. Perhaps a Flea-control shampoo might be the answer.

      In conclusion, I have a strong feeling that the whole process should be done professionally to ensure it is fixes the problem once and for all. I am sorry if that is not the suggestion you were looking for.

  6. I have two cats and I used the vinger treatment and both are suffring real red and swolen and hot ears and scrathing their hair away.! They do not have ear mites. very concerned.:(

    • Regina, how do you know they don’t have ear mites? I would love it if the information on this page helped but if it does not then it has to be a trip to the vet asap. Ear mites or an irritation on or in the ear is highly uncomfortable. Please take them to the vet.

  7. I have a rescue ragamuffin cat about 10 years old….he constantly scratches his ears and cries…then shakes his head….There is some creamy colored stuff here and there in his ears….but they are not red…can you advise what this might be?

    • Well, ear mites cause a dark brown crumbly waxy discharge like coffee grounds. Do the ears smell foul? There may be a secondary bacterial infection that has cause puss, which is creamy colored. Also ear mites are white specks. If there are lots of them this may cause the wax to look creamy. I am just guessing.

      Mary Ann, the thing is this: if it is ear mites they cause intense irritation and knowing that I think you have to take your cat to a vet to get it looked at and fixed asap. Sorry, I realise you’d like a cheaper and easier fix but there rarely is one.

        • Well done Mary Ann. It is the right thing to do. Ear infections and infestations are very distressing for a cat. It may be something that is easy to fix but when cats shake their heads and cry out it is not good.

          • Just thought you might like to know…the vet says it is a very bad yeast infection….poor baby. He’s on Tresaderm for 14 days…hope that helps him.

  8. I noticed for the past couple of days that my cat lost coordination and could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong..I came across this site and looked at the info and others comments..all i can say is thank you! Because her ears had so much wax built up and had to take a pair of tweezers(i know not good to use but) i could not see her ear canal and took the tweezers and got what was at the top i did not damage her ear or even touch it afterwards we put a couple of drops of h2o2 in her ears and massaged it when she shook her ears more wax came out and she is doing better but will take a few days to get her bearings back to normal. thanks!!!!! :)

    • I am pleased, Mercy, that you seem to have fixed the problem. The inner ear controls balance so perhaps your cat’s problem was balance rather than coordination. I would, however, advise that you take your cat to the vet because it impossible for a cat owner to clean a cat’s ears properly and safely. There may other issues that need looking at.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing.

  9. My cat recently had an ear infection and it was a very worrying time for me! I had to get a couple of different medications and afterwards things got better for him but it was a scary couple of days!

  10. I have a feral cat with a constant, extreme head tilt. He does have a little presence of ear mites, but I’ve seen much worse in other ferals in the past without this effect. I recently lost my job, so I have no money for the vet, but would really like to help him. I haven’t really noticed any other symptoms except he lays around alot and is slow to run from me like the others because of his condition. Any suggestions? It’s either try out an educated home remedy or watch him suffer, which is killing me. Please respond soon. Thanks.

    • Hi Gina, I can understand how you feel. It is quite possibly feline vestibular disorder. This is the page:

      I have seen this in a breeding cat in a high class cattery. He was OK. He looked odd etc but some causes are painless such as Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome – unknown cause. I think the key is whether he shows signs of discomfort or pain. If that is the case a vet is the only solution. If he seems comfortable but has this extreme head tilt it may well be Idiopathic Vestibular Syndrome and he will be OK.

      The obvious solution is a vet. But I understand your predicament very well. We can’t cure the world’s cat illnesses.

      Ear mites are distressing for a cat so they need dealing with too. Head tile can also be caused by an inner ear infection. I don’t know but there might be a link. Good luck to you both and to your feral cat a big kiss.

  11. my cat is only 2 years old and he has orange liquid coming from his ear. he always wonders outside and I’ve seen him lose his balance. he is not as energetic as always and he always sits in a corner and rests. i’m a new pet owner and I don’t know what to do! please help me!!!

  12. My 8-1/2 week old Russian Blue, female kitten has a clear, sticky discharge running from one ear. I took her to the Vet 3 weeks ago and he said that she doesn’t have ear mites (just dirty ears, at that time). Since then, I’ve been cleaning her ears with vinegar. Last week, I took her in for her shots and this week I’ve begun noticing the discharge. It’s running outside her ear and onto her fur. I’ve used the hydrogen peroxide and that’ll foam up and clear her ear temporarily. About 3-4 hours later, same buildup, again only in one ear.

    Otherwise she’s eating, sleeping and walking around about the same. I’ve made an appointment for the vet this week.

    • A discharge from the ear indicates to me a bacterial infection in the outer ear. If that is correct, antibiotics should clear it up. It may be a yeast infection. These are guesses and common causes. Even a perforated eardrum could be the cause but that seems very unlikely. I would wait for the vet to diagnose. Perhaps he can analyze the discharge. Good luck to you both.

  13. My mother’s cat for about a month now has been shaking her head like her ears are bothering her. When you pet her ears she starts scratching them. They don’t smell they have brown in them though. Would cleaning them with a q-tip and hydrogen peroxide be alright?

    • Hi Sarah. I wouldn’t try and clean them. It is too tricky and it can make matters worse or do no good at all. I know the expense is off-putting but the only solution is to see a vet. It is probably ear mites. They are very uncomfortable and treating a cat for ear mites needs a vet, I am afraid despite what some other people might say. Please do it asap because your mother’s cat is in discomfort.

      Once the condition has been treated the ears should not need cleaning. I have never seen a need to clean my cat’s ears. Your vet will provide some advice on this and how to keep ear mites away. Here are some pages related to “ear mites” on PoC.

      Thanks for visiting and asking and good luck to your mother’s cat.

  14. My 17 yr old cat has a deformed ear ( a result of untreated ear mites resulting in a hematoma before she was rescued and the ear was never removed). She has struggled with yeast infections for years. Recently I can hear the fluid in her bad ear and she keeps opening her mouth wide to try to drain it. Do you think the pau d’ arco would help her.

    I might mention that during her last exam they noted her ear canal was necrotic and she had polyps.

    Thank you,

    • Hi Tammy, it is distressing for me to read about your 17 old cat. She must have been in a lot discomfort for a long time. Personally, I think her ear condition is too serious to self-treat. You’ll need a vet’s input on that. I presume the fluid is in her middle ear. If that is the case I don’t think it will do good and may make things worse. I don’t know. If one does know it is best to not do it. Sorry if that sounds negative and unhelpful but it has to be that way. I understand, though, that you are desperate to alleviate the discomfort. What has your vet said?

      Out of interest, yeast infections can also affect the skin. Is her skin OK?

  15. Hi, thanks for the feed back. In the past year she was treated with antibiotics and ear wash. She hated it and hid from me all the time. The vet has taken a conservative approach due to her age and high anxiety when I bring her to vet office (typically we need to sedate her for examination) and she has a great appetite. She had a blood panel done in June and all is well.

    By the way, She has allergies causing her bad teeth and skin issues but has had most of her teeth removed over the years and her skin has been very good for years.

    I will opt to take her to the vet again and have the ear looked at. Just want her to be comfortable and happy at this point!

    Thanks again

    • Thanks Tammy for the feedback. As you imply she is very elderly at 17. At that age, as you say, you have to weigh up treatments against benefits. You don’t treat an old cat the same way as a young cat.

      It seems you are doing pretty much all you can to make her as comfortable as possible. Well done.

  16. Oh, by the way. I have been giving her lysine for a month now because I thought maybe she had herpes too, the vet mentioned once that she may.

  17. Ear infections and ear mites in cats can definitely be handled with natural treatment. Ear mites do cause infections and so does ear yeast buildup. We found that Dr Dogs Ear Oil works great to resolve these cat ear problems and it’s one natural remedy that is safe to use on cats and dogs. This is important because if you have issues with ear mites and you have both a cat and dog then they both need treatment. We use it as a regular treatment to keep the ears clear of the ear infections and ear mites – find it online from

  18. My 15 year old cat had a hematoma from ear mites 4 years ago and almost 2 months ago got a very smelly ear infection. I took him to my vet and he gave me Triz Ultra flush plus Tri Otic Ointment. He seemed to be getting better but he has relapsed even worse. What natural remedy can I use to clear him up for good.

    • Grace, thank you for visiting and sharing. I’m sorry to hear about your cat’s problem. This is a serious problem and is distressing for a cat. I have decided to write a page about treating cat ear mites because this is a very typical and common health problem. I will publish the page today so please return to the website to read it. In short, in this instance I would not rely on a natural cure but treat the condition more completely and I will explain what I mean in the page that I am about to write.

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  20. Dear Michael
    We have been to our vet as our Cat has been having ear fungus problem. He has been weekly for about 6 weeks. After trying several medicines we are ready to try something natural. The vinegar solution sounds like it may work. However not sure what the ratio of water to vinegar should be. The infection is gone but the brownish discharge keeps coming back. They say it is not ear mites but possibly an allergy but really no answer. We went one week with no treatment and it looked better but now is back. How should we mix the vinegar solution? Thank you.

    • Hi Kathy, thanks for visiting. To be honest I don’t know the answer to your question. There probably isn’t a clear answer anyway. I’d dilute it at least 50/50 or one part vinegar and 3 parts water and gently explore that moving forward. I presume that your vet has done a swab of the ear to check whether the exact cause. Good luck though.

    • Hi Dee. As I understand it this natural product should be used carefully because it can be toxic. I’ll do a page on it today so if you wait 20 hours you can see the end result of my research.

      Sarah Hartwell (a person we can trust) states:

      Tincture of pau d’ arco mixed with an equal quantity of mineral oil, given twice or three times daily, is recommended as a topical treatment for skin problems and ear problems in cats

      So apply directly but ensure the amounts are correct because the skin in the ears is very fine and chemicals can be absorbed into the bloodstream.

  21. Why can’t Vets see the difference between a mite problem and a yeast/bacterial problem? Or are they supposed to see the difference with all the training they got?

  22. Hi! I have 2 Maine Coon mixed breed cats that are almost 4 years old. My mom has several Maine Coon mixed cats and my 2 are kittens from one of her cats. One of her cats has a yeast infection in his ear. (Mom took him into her vet; none of the medications the vet has prescribed has helped at all with this issue.) He just shakes his head a lot, spraying a clear fluid all over. My male does the same thing. Every now and then he’ll scratch his ear, but not very often. I was wondering if you knew of any natural treatments for this problem. I love my boy, but it’s gross when he shakes his head and sprays everything with that fluid from his ears!!


    • Hi Christie, all I can do it recite what my books tell me. Firstly, are you absolutely sure that it is a yeast infection? How did you diagnose that, may I ask? I presume the vet diagnosed it. If it is the books say this: a yeast/fungus infection (yeast otitis) may develop as a secondary infection in an ear with a long-standing bacterial or ear mite infection. Prolonged use of topical antibiotics alters the bacteria in the ear canal. The discharge is dark and waxy. There is a rancid odor. Treatment: antifungal agent (nystatin, thiabendazole).

      You say a clear fluid is thrown from ear. I would get a second opinion on the infection because the vet seems to be nonplussed by the infection and is unable to cure when it should be curable. Ear problems like this can be uncomfortable for the cat or very uncomfortable so I think it needs dealing with.

      Hope this helps a bit. Good luck.

      • Obviously you didn’t clearly read what I wrote, because I told you that my mom took her cat to the vet. She’s had him to two different vets and gotten the same answer. The cat hasn’t been on antibiotics for a prolonged period of time, either. And she has tried ear mite treatment just to cover all the bases. Other than the clear fluid, there is no discharge and no smell. I will continue to research this issue on my own since it’s painfully obvious that you don’t accurately read the questions sent to you, and then just recite back things others have written. My apologies for taking up your time.

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