First aid for cat : how to bandage an ear ?

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Reminder :
BEFORE helping an animal, you need to :
– Protect yourself, protect the present persons, and protect the animal : muzzle the animal and held him, establish a safety zone, or go away from a danger zone, and put gloves on.
– Give warnings : warn the veterinarian, and if needed the police or the fire brigades.

How to bandage an ear ?

Before making the bandage, put a compress bent over backwards into the auricle to prevent the blood from passing inside, and if possible clean and disinfect the wound before putting a compress on it. Fold the wounded ear lengthwise and stick her on the top of the skull.

An about 2m band (6.5 ft) is needed to bandage a cat ear. Any bandage begins with a holding turn to hold the beginning of the band in position. For an ear, the holding turn is made on the forehead and passes in front of ears and on the bones of the jaw.

  • Pass the band on the wounded ear.
  • Go BEHIND the other ear.
  • Go under the jaw.
  • Pass on the wounded ear.
  • Go IN FRONT of the other ear.
  • Repeat.

Zorro agrees to present this bandage, but without the compress in the ear :

At the end of the bandage, attach the end of the band under the last turn, and fix well with the plaster.

This bandage is also suitable for dogs with straight ears. For a dog with floppy ears like our friends Tommy ou Bentley, don’t fold the wounded ear at the very beginning of the bandage, but turn it flat over on the top of the skull.

See also :
First aid for cat : the bases
First aid for cat : how to bandage a paw ?

27 thoughts on “First aid for cat : how to bandage an ear ?

  1. da tabbies o trout towne

    dood….ewe iz WAY braver N uz…modelin like that….we prob ablee wooda fought de FSG !!!!! thanx for sharin theeze tipz ! 🙂 ♥♥

  2. Marv

    You have no idea how much we need this right now! Thanks so much for taking the course and sharing everything with us!
    Marv and Mom

  3. Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew

    Sheesh Zorro you are THE most amazing model!! Well done!! I have a first aid book I will try to send Claire the pages as ours is a bit different I think….

    We think nail might sound a bit dramatic tho. Attach might sound better. I don’t think Zorro would want to be nailed MOL!!

    1. The Swiss Cats

      Another way for bandaging an ear ? That sounds interesting ! We’ll update our post with “attach” or “stick” instead of “nail”, thank you for your help in English ! Purrs

  4. Sherri-Ellen T-D.

    Mee-you Zorro an Lady Claire fank you fur this presentayshun!! LadyMum says shee wood not have known what to do if mee hert mee ear…
    Zorro yur the epurrfect model. Pawtastick!
    **nose bumpsss** Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum xXx

  5. mommakatandherbearcat

    Wow. Impressive that Zorro cooperated … neither of mine would! Before this post, I didn’t have the slightest idea how to bandage an ear … it’s one of those things that you don’t worry about needing to know until you need to know – and then you need to know quickly. Great job!

  6. Jo

    Thank you so very much for your directions and demonstration!!! My cat scratched her right ear, at the base, and I had no idea how the keep her from scratching it! She was going at it so much, it just kept getting worse! Now she can’t mess with it, and it can finally heal!! We both appreciate your help!!!!

  7. Natalie Piccione

    idk if my cat’s ear would be okay folded over like that. the back of his ear is badly injured. is there a way to avoid folding the ear back?

  8. Lucy Loo

    My cat first of all wont let me bandage her ear after an attack by a feral that the idiot neighbour feeds but wont take respknsibilty for. Vet only gave antibiotics $80 , She scratchs or knocks the scab off and bleeds EVERYWHERE. Cant keep a bandage or cone on. HELP

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