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Let me start by saying I am an Emergency Medicine Provider. When my wife died last year I became our cats primary care giver. We actually spend quite a bit of time together. Last evening I noticed that his normally pointed right ear was being in a "flopped over" appearance. He was not acting as if he were in any discomfort, so I did not look at it until tonight when I arrived home from work. Obviously a hematoma with the canal being swollen shut. He let me look even though his body language was saying, That hurts. Looking as to how do I proceed.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the cat's name and age?

Percy is about 8 years old

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Percy?

18 pound, healthy indoor only cat.

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
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Hi. My name is***** Thank you for your question about Percy. When the pina is very swollen, an aural hematoma is the most common thing. Why did it happen? Most likely from him scratching it. It can happen if they have an ear infection that irritates them and they scratch it enough to cause that blood vessel to rupture and form the hematoma. The best course of action is to have him seen by your vet as they can drain it with a needle and see how well it collpases. Sometimes all the blood can be removed and it then scars down. Others may need a second draining or a surgical tacking of the cartilage to keep it from filling back up. The visit can also allow an ear infection to be treated if that is going on. The problem cause needs to be treated. There really isn’t anything that can be done at home for an aural hematoma except time.
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