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Cat\'s ear
Cat's ear  
I think our cat has an ear problem.  She keeps shaking her heat very fast and hard. Sometimes she scratches at her ears.  I look inside and the ears look quite dirty in the bottom.  Maybe a fungus?   Any ideas?
Thanks,
Al

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In cats, there are some common problems like ear mites and ruptured eardrums. Fungal infections are rare to  be limited only to the ear in a cat (unlike dogs).  You need to have a vet look into the ear with an otoscope and possibly take samples to see if there is an infection or ear mites.

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Dr. Louis N. Gotthelf

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Dermatology and ear diseases of dogs and cats

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I am the author of "Small Animal Ear Diseases; An Illustrated Guide" published by W.B. Saunders. I have over 25 years of clinical experience with a special interest in dermatologic conditions and ear diseases.

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American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology

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