Hello Dr. Z, my cat has been seeing a vet but it is perplexing... About 1 month ago he appeared suddenly with a perfectly circular bare skin patch above his left eye. I treated it with hydrogen peroxide for a few days, it turned red and ugly, so took him to the vet. His eye was half shut and droopy too. Vet said the skin patch was going through the process of dying and would fall off, which it did. He was perplexed but was confident it was caused by a venomous insect sting or bite, and it was affecting the nerves but chances are they would heal themselves over time. Treated with cleaning and cortisone ointment 3x/day, was well on the way to healing, hair growing back, and he was chipper. But I was worried because in the meantime it looked like it was spreading into his ear
, but the vet wasn't so concerned, said it was the whole thing drying out. Then, very suddenly about 7-8 days ago (so 3 weeks since the beginning), he appeared one day (he's an outdoor cat) acting very weird - circling, disoriented, coughing/gagging in his throat, his voice very low and guttural, and acted as if maybe deaf. Took him back to vet the next day, his ear was thoroughly cleaned (had black gook inside), he was given a shot of antibiotics with high probability it was an inner ear infection
, and given general blood test. His blood came back "picture perfect". But it's been 7 days now and his behavior hasn't changed, it's maybe gotten a little worse - circling alot, loss of balance, toppling over onto food
dish, etc. He has had a very healthy appetite all along, and drinking a lot of water. Any thoughts? I'm so worried that maybe it's venom making its way deeper into the body...