Why do Cats Develop Sores Near Their Ears?

 |  Feb 15th 2009  |   0 Contributions


My cat is 1 yr. old and she keeps sores directly
behind both ears, she also scratches this area
alot. She has had this case since she was a
kitten. What causes sores in this area?And could
this be some sort of fungal issue?

Angela
Maysville, GA

Several syndromes can cause skin lesions adjacent to the ears.

In kittens and young adult cats, ear mites are common culprits. Ear mites, as the name implies, infest the ears. They cause excessive ear wax production and make the ears intensely itchy. Affected cats sometimes scratch so fiercely that they traumatize the skin behind their ears.

Ear infections and foreign objects (such as foxtails) lodged in the ears may cause itching and self trauma as well.

Allergies can cause skin problems. Cats that are allergic to food, fleas or environmental agents such as pollen or detergents may develop sores on the face or head. Rarely, autoimmune syndromes can cause sores in the areas you mention.

Finally, skin infections with bacteria or fungus can cause hair loss. In particular, a fungal infection called ringworm often strikes young cats on or near the ears. Ringworm is contagious to people.

Your cat needs to see a veterinarian. In most cases, vets easily are able to sort out the nature of problems such as you describe.

Photo: Mocha's ears and face look healthy.

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