Me cat has been sufferening from moderate to sever Right ear pain all his life. He scratehes at it and some of the fur is gone from the outside. Left ear is ALWAYS normal. We have been to the vets about 6 times for this problem and they can't find the problem. It herts so bad he wont let the vet examine or clean it any more. It seems to get a black collection of matter in parts of its ear as far as I can see down it. Every kind of medicine, viniger mixchure, or oil mixchure seems to erritate the ear more and turns it red. He needs to be sedated to let the vet even look at his ear as it hurts so much he bits and sctatches with his rear claws. He has his front claws removered. He is a mild mannered cat so I must know this is real painfull for him. He did have a serious blatter condition a few years back that the vets could not figure out so they operated on his bladder and found the tissue thicker that normal. They took a sample and found it was caused by a long going Fungis infection. Could that be a clue to the right ear problem. We dearly love this cat and think this is a rare condition. Thanks, Bob.
restricted air flow and pressure due to a mass effect at the ear may be the cause. A polyp is likely which is benign, but needs treatment.
An MRI or CT is best and referral to a board certified veterinary surgeon will likely be needed pending the results. If it is indeed this polyp, it will not go away without surgery.
If not a mass, allergies can still play a role and they may not be able to be detected with typical tests. An allergy diet can reduce some of the issues - ie exclusively Duck and Green Pea food -- nothing else - no treats, tuna, etc... Just this food and water for 4-12 weeks to see if will help can be a simple way to see if improvement can be made.
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