My cat has been developing hard, raised bumps on her ears
, accompanied by a lot of scratching. About 6 weeks ago I took her to the vet and they told me they weren't concerned; they ruled out ear mites and told me that her ears will itch if she's gotten bitten and it's healing, or something to that effect. At that time, she also had one scab on a bump on her nose.
Now, the bumps have increased. There are some on the back and edges of both ears. The ones on the edges have scabs
; the ones toward the middle of the ear are hard, raised bumps. I don't notice too much redness with the bumps. Additionally, there are now 4 or 5 bumps/scabs on her nose, 1 scab just on the upper rim of her left eyelid, and 1 scab on the lower rim of her right eyelid. When I comb her neck and chest, she has that automatic scratching response with the lower leg. This behavior is new as of this week. She's a long haired cat, so it's difficult for me to see the skin there.
She's a light-skinned cat - orange and white fur, and her ears and nose are pink. She spends some time outdoors (we live in a city, but we do have some grass/bushes/trees), but only a couple hours a day (she asks to go out, but comes back on her own within 20-30 minutes). She's about 10 years old.
She was treated with Program injection, a rabies shot, FIV and FCVRP vaccines at the vet.
I'm really concerned about my cat... worried it might be anything from mange to cancer based on what I've read. Any insight or suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time!