When I took Floki to the vet last month, I discussed with the vet options to help Chris with his perpetual ear infection. He has a problem with ear polyps, which allow bacteria to fester. The problem is they go too deep into the ear canal for the vet to remove them all unless I wanted them to remove the ear canals and make Chris deaf, which I don’t want to do. So we discussed surgery to remove as much as they could, and then pack the ear with a specific treatment of antibiotics that would require just two treatments.
We had to schedule the surgery a month in advance, presumably because they were so busy. A week before the appointment, my wife said she didn’t want to do it because she feared that Chris’s age and health would put him at a higher risk of death from the surgery. I spoke with the vet looking for reassurance but she did say he was at an increased risk. Instead, we decided to try the antibiotic treatment without the surgery.
This morning I brought him to the vet with much crying in the car on the way there. When we arrived we were put in an exam room and the vet tech, remembering his last visit, decided to leave him in his carrier until the vet came in.
While we were waiting, I opened his carrier and, as expected, he had no desire to get out. This is very different that young Chris who loved to explore the vet’s office.
When the vet arrived, she asked a few questions and then took Chris into another room. After a few minutes, I could hear Chris howling. He was not happy but it didn’t take long. Soon he was back and we were ready to check out.
When they opened the door, their office cat came in. I bent down to pet him and the vet said, “You’re aware he is a biter, aren’t you?” “Yes,” I said. “He’s fine,” and proceeded to pet him. He didn’t bite me but he was interested in Chris. He smelled him for a few seconds and then put both paws on top of the carrier. Nobody hissed. That is when he was called off and we left to check out.
On a related note, I purchased a new carrier for Chris because I did not like carrying him around in a crate that was not meant for that. You can see what I bought here. Note that is an affiliate link. My wife put Chris in the new carrier while I was out moving the cars around. She said it was very easy to get him. He fit well, too, for a twenty-pound cat.
I hope this treatment helps Chris.
Me too. Thanks.
Poor baby. I am glad Ollie doesn’t have ear trouble. He does have trouble keeping his own butt clean. 😵💫🙄
So does Chris.
Fat orange tabbies. 😄
Poor kitty! Hope he’s feeling better
Oh no Chris. Purraying all that antibiotics help you feel better. Wonder what’s causing the polyps to begin with? Hopefully it goes down and heals. And your Dad must be a cat whisperer :-).
Thanks so much.
Fingers crossed that the treatment will help! Poor boy!
I hope so. Thanks.
Our older daughter had ear infections and we learned – the hard way – that the best antibiotic was garlic crushed in olive oil, allowed to soak for 5 hours, then strained put in the ear with a dropper. Garlic is the best antibiotic I know of, but I also know pets aren’t supposed to ingest it. I’m mentioning this so you can discuss it with your vet to see if it might be useful.
I’m willing to try anything but Since they already treated him I need to wait and see what happens.
I would have mentioned this previously, but haven’t used it for pets AND just before I commented, a friend had emailed me wondering if I knew of any good treatments for a 6 month old baby with an ear infection. Colloidal silver is a very good treatment for bacterial infections…. I’ve never used that on ears, but gave Merlin a few drops (and survived the experience) for a UTI 3 times per day for 3 days and he was feeling much better after the 1st day… way too feisty by day 4 to continue.
Hmm. I have colloidal silver. I should try that if this doesn’t work.
All I can say is that it worked on Merlin. Years ago, the topical cream also worked on my daughter’s badly burned hand… deep fat frier up to her wrist – 2nd and 3rd degree burns – I cleaned her hand three times a day and put the ointment on, then fresh bandages… after a week it was healed and not a single scar. That still amazes me.
That is amazing.
I hope Chris feels better!
Thanks so much.
We hope his ears will be okay too, poor guy. Happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas from all of us!
Merry Christmas to you too.
Poor Chris. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas!
Thanks. Merry Christmas to you as well.
Hoping things get better for Chris soon! Poor baby! Merry Christmas!
Thanks. I have my fingers crossed.
Nice bag! Im glad that Chris had a sweet ride to/from the vet. I hope the medicine works.
My cat Andy is 10-1/2 years old. He has a lipoma on his right side that I think should be removed mostly for aesthetic purposes. His vet said it doesn’t need to be removed as long as it doesn’t cause him discomfort, yet my concern is, because of his age and his Persian breed, how well he would handle anesthesia. My fear is, of course, he would die to have an elective surgery. I had one cat died after she was spayed and kept at the vet’s afterwards because of some concerns on how she was responding to it. I can appreciate your concerns with Chris. We try to do what’s right by our kitties, yet the choices all too often are grim. Best wishes for Chris’ recovery! Give him a happy “skritch” from Andy and me. Chris is one of our top favorites blog kitties.
It was a hard choice because surgery is risky but having a perpetual ear infection is not good either.
I thoroughly understand your dilemma, Charles. I pray the antibiotics clear it up.