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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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Experience:  Expert in feline health and behavior. 20 years experience with cats.
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I need help with my cat please who has developed an ear

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Customer: Hi, I need help with my cat please who has developed an ear problem.She has been grumpy for the last few days and I have noticed last night she has troubles getting through the cat flap not wanting to push through with her head. Looking into her ears, both have quite a few black spots quite deep in her ear canal - no blood but her ear canal is covered in brownish, wax like material. No vet is open today so I wonder if there is anything I can do to help her right now? many thanks for your help
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Customer: Sure - I have a picture though not sure how/if I can attach it here or send it over to you somehow?
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Customer: the black spots look very similar to the ones shown in here (albeit there aren't as many in my cat's ears as on the picture)
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
attached here is a photo of one of her ears - she is clearly in some discomfort (although she is still eating/playing ok).
Is there anything I can give her now to relieve this or is it an emergency vet situation?
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hello and Happy New year,

I am sorry your girl has this trouble.

Make a solution of a tablespoon of white vinegar and a tsp of warm water plus a few drops of olive or any cooking oil.

Use a cotton ball to swab the affected area 3 times a day.

Please let me know if this helps her feel better.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Terri
Thank you for your reply - much appreciated.
We have tried as suggested but so far, no change. Today we bought Johnson's vet ear drops so will try if those help. She is still uncomfortable scratching and shaking hear head a lot.
Any thoughts on what the black spots/blisters may be?
Many thanks
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.

Hi Katerina,

I am sorry Johnson is still uncomfortable.

Those spots could be fungal or bacterial.

Is it possible for you to have her vet take a look?