Hi, I'm a new member. I've had cats all my life and I've just adopted two from the local humane society to be my current companions:
Their names are Kizmet (above) and Edwyn (below).
Kizmet was the smallest of the large group of kittens he was housed with, and he seems to be a bit prone to illness. I've only had them for about a month and he's already been sick (it wasn't upper respiratory but it still required an antibiotic) and conjunctivitis that required eye drops to get rid of.
Now that we've gotten those cleared up he's having an ear problem. I was very surprised at this because I made sure that their ears were clean when I adopted them and they never go outside, but I picked up an ear mite treatment at the store. Following the directions, I put the drops in and massaged for a while and then gently cleaned the ears out. What came out was not what I expected: papery dark brown strips
were wadded in the folds inside his ear.
The directions said to do this every other day but no matter how thoroughly I cleaned his ears it was just as bad by the next treatment. I took him to the vet today, along with a sample of the stuff that came out of his ears. The vet had never seen anything like it.
She confirmed it wasn't mites by putting it under a microscope and then gave me another medication that she hopes will help.
Has anyone else ever encountered anything like this? I was really surprised at the vet's reaction. She was really shocked. And in all my research online I can't find anything that sounds like this in feline ear ailments.