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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Black debris in cat ears/ not ear mites?

Our nine-year old cat has been developing a heavy black waxy material in one of her ears. We thought it was ear mites, but none of our other threee cats have developed the problem and our troubled cat only has the wax in one of her ears. We took her to the vet and they confirmed it was not ear mites, but unfortunately our vet for the day was young and not very knowledgable about what it might be. Does anyone have any ideas?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 09:24 PM
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Re: Black debris in cat ears/ not ear mites?

If your cat has been scratching the ear, the black material may be dried blood mixed with ear wax. If mites have been ruled out (I assume the vet checked a swab under the microscope), then perhaps the problem is a bacterial or yeast infection.

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Re: Black debris in cat ears/ not ear mites?

I had a cat with black waxy stuff in her ears, turned out to be a yeast infection.

I would take her back to the vet and make sure they know that you didn't get a diagnosis the first time, that's really not acceptable just because (s)he's inexperienced. (S)he should have brought a more senior vet in on the case.


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