Not sure about cats, but dogs can take Benadryl and it helps with the itching. (Also makes them drowsy so they're less inclined to scratch.) It's probably be easy enough to find out if it's safe for cats, and what the kitty dose might be -- it'd at least keep him a bit more comfortable until you find out what the real problem is.
Thanks for the idea; the itching isn't really *that* bad, it's just enough to make me want to stop it. Right now, he loves to have me play with his face because he can't groom with the e-collar, and every time I go near his ear, he'll start scratching. I'd like to be able to cuddle him without setting that off.
Oh no. GoodThoughts that it's something treatable.
He's *such* a love.
Keep us posted, 'k?
I'll definitely you posted, and thank you.
Here's me hoping the best for your kitty.
Oh, geez - I can only imagine how frustrating and worrisome this must be for you. My thoughts are with you and Chibi, hoping for a speedy recovery and the best news possible.
If there's anything I can do to help, let me know....
Well, if the description I gave above - a blister-like growth that oozes blood - is extremely likely to be X, where X is something limited, curable, and nothing terrible to worry about, obviously, I'd like to know because I'm worried. But I reckon that if this were the case, you'd have said so.
Right now, if it's true, I'd really like to hear that this isn't likely to cause him any danger with anesthesia, that if he's undergone multiple surgeries in the past, he's just as likely to come through this one without any great difficulties.
Because while I can deal with the thought that he might not have a whole lot of time left, that this might be cancer or some other kind of serious, terminal problem, I am having a hard time thinking this could be my last night with him.
I can't guess as to what exactly it is without seeing it, though if it's confined to just the ear, like you said, it shouldn't be anything too dangerous.
And absolutely, if he's made it through surgery in the past, he should be fine with this one too. It sounds like you've got a good doctor taking care of him, and this should be no problem. Hopefully he'll be home safe and sound by this time tomorrow, and within a day or so after that you'll be getting good news about any test results on the lump.... I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.
Nod. I know you couldn't diagnose anything from a brief written description... It was just, if cats got warts in their ear, and I was describing a hard bump with a cauliflower-like appearance to the top, I figured you'd have said that it sounded like a wart, but it's good that I'm getting it checked out to make sure that's all it is, especially with the weight loss, and all.
A quick Google confirms that he's showing warning signs of cancer, which I kinda-already knew, but hadn't verified. Which means the only thing to do is wait and see what they say after they remove it (and biopsy it, etc.).
But there was that kind of absurd hope that elderly male cats are known for getting earbumpitis, which has frighteningly cancer-like symptoms, but is always benign and easily fixable, and you'd just forgotten to mention it.
And thanks for your comments about him coming through the surgery. I should have thought that through on my own, but he's still acting mostly like a healthy cat, he's not listless or run down or having troubles breathing. I'm just having worst case scenarios play out in my head, especially since I just learned I can't work from home tomorrow. Somehow, being a few miles closer would have made it seem safer.
Oh John - I know how we struggle when our pets are suffering. I hope the biopsy results are good news.
I have no idea whether it will help in your case but my Kosh has had a sore on the top of her head that she kept opening up. The vet here recommended that I wipe it down with cooled boiled water with salt in it to keep it clean and help it dry. So far, at least, it seems to be working. *fingers crossed*
I hate that - knowing they are miserable and not being able to fix it immediately.
But you are working on fixing it, so focus on that - he'll get better.
Our Joe kitty is prone to catching colds. There are few things as pathetic as a twenty pound tomcat sneezing and coughing and generally looking just awful.
We're holding Chibi in the Light and surrounding him with the raucous chorus of four purring cats and a chirruping rat.
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*hugs* You have my empathy and my prayers. I wish I could offer more. I can't even suggest (with any certainty) a stop-gap remedy. I would say an anti-itch ointment like Benadryl cream; but I hesitate to put that on broken/ bleeding skin. *sigh* Perhaps clove oil; it is both anesthetic and antiseptic.
Anyway... Goodthoughts, and *hugs*
Poor Chibi. I wish I was there to give him his cheek skritches and some time out of the collar.
Try not to fret too much; cats' ears are just *full* of blood vessels, and given the trauma his suffered with the Hematoma of Doom, it may not be anything dire. The vet may be able to cauterize it to stop the bleeding.
I'm going to sit here believing that Chibi still has several good years left in him. And sending good thoughts to you, too, darlin'.
Sending all kinds of good thoughts and vibes, hon.