Question by  abinesh (17)

What could be causing cats to have hot ears?

My cats ears are very hot and I have no idea what could be causing this.


Answer by  Heloise (397)

Cats naturally have a higher body temperature than us, and on parts like the ears, where fur is thinnest, you should be able to feel this. What feels like a fever to us may be normal for the cat. However, the delicate ears may also be susceptible to sunburn. If they are really abnormally hot, this could explain it.


Answer by  Tammy (585)

Possibilities range from a simple sunburn on the ears to a yeast infection in the ears. If you see black particles in the ears, it could even be ear mites.


Answer by  swimsis (152)

Cats naturally have a higher body temperature than humans, so your cats ears should always feel hot to you. If there is truly fever causing it, a likely culprit is infection. Look for wounds from fighting. If they're really hot and you can't find a reason, there may be an internal infection and you should see a vet.


Answer by  traumatised (3285)

Cats use their ears to regulate temperature - blood vessels in the ears are closer to the skin which lets circulating blood cool. They also have higher body temperatures than humans. If the cat's nose is cool and wet and the rest of her feels normal, she is probably ok. If there are other symptoms, take her to a vet.

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