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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Smelly Right Ear

For the past 2 days, Mochi has a funky smell coming from her right ear, I tried wiping her ears with a damp cloth (only the external part, too scared to do anything to the inside). She doesn't scratch it, and does not seem to be experiencing any discomfort. To my untrained eye, her left and right ear look the same

Is this an issue that is trip-worthy to the vet, or should I wait a few more days? She is due for her 16 week shots in a few days.

Other information: she eats well (only wet food, grain free, low carb), has a good pattern of sleep and activeness, alert, responds to name and treats, meows for food at the designated food spot when she is hungry, and she is an indoor cat only.


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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-25-2015, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Under better light source, I see a lot of yellow wax/discharge in her right ear. I'm trying to clean it out with a damp cloth, but she doesn't quite enjoy the experience... I guess I'll try cleaning it again in a short while


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Lady Mochi,
Have the vet take a look, when you go in!
Normally, the ears shouldn't smell 'funny', so a vet check, would be good!
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Yes, you'll need to see the vet. You'll probably be given Epi-Otic solution to put in the ears. Not fun stuff to use, it gets everwhere. Prepare to have it all over the cat, down your arms, on your clothes...
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Thanks ladies, I called the vet earlier and they told me to clean her ears as much as I can and see how it goes. But the more I clean, the more stuff came out - and when I shined a torch inside, I could see there is a lot of waxy substance inside!

I'll call them back tomorrow and insist an appointment with the vet! And thank you for the reminder of armoring up before using the Epi-Otic (or whatever Mochi will be prescribed with!) - adding to the shopping list, 1 x apron for me, buy some cheap rag clothes to put it on Mochi before medicating her ears!


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Poor Mochi, but it does sound like an ear infection. Vet visit! Not fun to put the drops in, but necessary otherwise the infection could get worse. Good Luck!
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Just came back from the vet. Being a 3.5 months old kitten has its perks, everyone went gugu gaga over her!

The vet cleaned out a lot of pus out from her ear. Ruled out mites; it appears the ear is badly infected but the vet is curious what may be the root of this infection. She cannot get a good look down her ears because it was very congested - so for this week, Mochi has been prescribed with ProOtic and Surolan. Once the discharge clears up, we'll need to go back again.


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Lady Mochi,
Depending on where you live, cheat grass, also called fox tail, can be a really bad problem, it can work it's way into the ears, eyes, noses, and rectums of animals...
Just a quick thought...
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Healing vibes for your sweet kitten, hope it clears up fast
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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
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Hi ManyCats2Dogs I googled cheat grass and I don't think I've got that near my place. Living in the city and in an apartment, I wonder if the seeds can travel via air?

Thank you Speechie, I had a really good first experience with squirting the anti-biotic and ProOtic into Mochi's ear. She was soundly asleep in my lap (she likes to nap there when I'm on the PC) - so I squirted the two solutions into her ear, and she only woke up to shake her head... Hopefully this whole ear medication thing can remain less traumatizing for her and for me!!!


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