Kitten with Persistent Ear Wax
Does anyone have any suggestions for me as to how to clear this up or shouldn't I worry about it?
I have an approximately 6mos old indoor-only male kitten that I took in when his feral momma dropped him off outside of work in quite the sorry state when he was approximately 2.5 mos old. With steady vet care, he got back on his feet and has been growing like a weed ever since -- he's already about 9 pounds! His ears/earwax had mites his first visit to the vet and had three Revolution treatments to take care of them plus a good wax scoop out every time he went in for shots/check ups.
The problem is that his ears still get loaded with wax despite being free and clear of the ear mites -- my vet told me that wax buildup in the ears is the defense mechanism. He no longer has mites, my adult cat is also indoor-only and has never had mites so why is there enough wax in his ears to make a small candle?
As he's matured, I've noticed that his coat has gotten waxy too -- not greasy or oily, but clean and waxy like you'd expect an otter or other aquatic mammal to have. Here's a pic of the little man -- the bit of shimmer in his coat is what I'm talking about and you can see a little wax in his ear. Both of my cats get free choice Wellness Core kibble with Wellness canned as a treat twice a week so maybe its the food?
When it gets really bad, I use a pet wipe to clean the outer structure, but I don't trust myself to clean down into the canal with a swab. I'm going to ask the vet to clean his canals again when he goes in for his neutering early December. Should I be worried about the buildup, is it just a side-effect of having ears the size of radar dishes, or is it a typical kitten/adolescent thing like pimples are to a teenager? Is this typical not-yet-neutered male cat stuff?