I have a hard time believing that considering it's 'fur' and not wiskers inside the ears. Anyone knows about this?
This is a recent story, though the problem has spanned months and months. My cat was always shaking his head and scratching his ears. He would not like me to fully pet his head from front to back but would really want me to rub his ear at the base very hard. I looked inside several times, cleaned them out if necessary, but his annoyance never stopped. I took him to the vet and he only looked inside with his scope. I begged him to take a culture and look under a microscope, as I have dealt with scabies in the past (not this cat), but he said that they looked a bit red but perfectly healthy and the blood tests would suffice. I was a bit angry at this and my cat's annoyance continued.
One day I felt so bad for him that I looked again and noticed that the hair was just tickling the other side of his ear. I took real hair cutting scissors and just snipped it off in each ear about half way...it then sat flat. He didn't mind one bit, but he has always been a sweet and funny loving cat.
He has been a DIFFERENT CAT. He is SO happy that he refuses to be anywhere but where I am, and touching me at all times. He is licking my face, and playing more. He now allows me to pet his whole head front to back with no problem and does not ask me to rub his ears.
Ummmm...you be the judge, does a cat NEED it's ears trimmed??
Oh, by the way....my cat is a domestic short hair that I plucked out of an alley after volunteering with Alley Cat Allies on a sweep. He is ear tipped in one ear but both ears caused him problems and I don't think that this was a factor. He has pretty thick coarse hair. As far as balance, after cutting the inside hair he seems to have a better grasp on his surroundings. He is now sleeping deeply with his head lying off pillows and dreaming with twitches, quite comfortable. He is also much quicker in his movements. So if balance is affected by the hair, that may not mean that more hair means better balance...just a thought.