cleaning of eyes, nose and ears of the cat

Basic Care II

4. Cleaning eyes and nose

Another basic aspect in the care of Persian cats and that brings many doubts to their new owners is the cleaning of the eyes.

Many times these cats tear up to a greater or lesser extent, leaving them with little bits of dirt that should be cleaned well for two reasons: for aesthetics (especially white or lighter coloured cats) and for hygiene. It is advisable to clean their eyes every day (at least once a day), either at the time of grooming or first thing in the morning when we get up.


If the cat cries in excess it will be necessary to clean it more often and to go to the veterinarian in case it is necessary to prescribe some type of eyewash.

For the cleaning we will use only: feminine make-up removal cotton.

Note: we must reject the common cotton and toilet paper because they give off threads that can irritate or even do more damage to the eye. We must also reject conventional napkins and “wet wipes”.

We will slightly wet the absorbent cotton makeup remover in warm water and clean the cat’s eye thoroughly, paying special attention to the tear area, then we will dry it with another absorbent cotton like this one (now dry) or with a dry towel like the ones used for babies.

As we have said above in white or light colored cats, the dirt will be more noticeable in the tear ducts than in the darker colored ones, so we can also resort to a solution of boric acid in water.

Boric acid:

It is easily available at the pharmacy (100g powder bottle).
Dilute 2 tablespoons of boric acid in a 500 ml. bottle and then fill it with water (lukewarm to facilitate dissolution) and shake it until it is completely diluted.

We will apply it in the same way as we did previously with the make-up removing cottons but with special care that nothing penetrates into the eyes, nose or mouth and then we dry it well.

The cleaning of the nose does not require so much attention and many times it is not even necessary, so we can do it the same way we do it with the eyes (Obviously here we will NEVER use boric acid)



5. The cleaning of ears

It must be done with certain assiduity (more or less every 15 days) although it is true that there are cats that produce more wax than others.

Cotton swabs can be used for this purpose, but only cleaning the external part of the ear and taking care not to put the stick inside the eardrum as this could break the eardrum or cause an infection.

We can also do it with special towels that we can find in the veterinary clinic or with baby wipes (without alcohol)


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