My cats ear has blown up like a ballon. And it has fever in it. She shakes her head alot. What should I do if I can''t afford to take her to a vet.
Optional Information: Age: 10; FemaleAlready Tried: Putting animal ointment on it.
Do you mean it feels very hot?
how long is it like this?
Is she eating?
Yes it is very hot
It has been like this for over a week
She is eating
This condition can be a Hematoma (blood filled) and it is usually caused by the cat scratching her ear or shaking her head violently. However, I am concerned about the "heat" as it can also be a bacteria infection.
Please compare it to this photo:
If nothing is done the body will reabsorb the fluid but the ear can be deformed looking permanently like a boxer cauliflower ear.
If it is bacterial and abscessed it can cause a systemc infection and make her quite ill. She should be seen for an antibiotic. In the meantime, apply almost hot damp compresses to try and get it to open and drain,then neosporen.
Here are agencies that will help with bills:
American Animal Hospital Association http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home " Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship." Angels 4 Animals http://www.angels4animals.org/ "Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need." Care Credit http://www.carecredit.com/ A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. "With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget." Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP) http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/ "Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion." The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Prog ram is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes. God's Creatures Ministry http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html "This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help." Help-A-Pet http://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html "Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor." IMOM http://www.imom.org/ "We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged." The Pet Fund http://thepetfund.com/ "The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care."
Please let me know if you still have questions and how your baby is feeling. I will be here all weekend and happy to help further.
I hope she feels better very soon.
Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.