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28 November 2017 - 7:37 pm
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Huckleberry is a 2 year old m/n DSH feline.  He was feral. He always scratched a lot around face/ neck before he was trapped.  Was flea and parasite infested.  6 and 2 days before trapping I gave him Capstar. 9/4 he was trapped. 9/5 he was neutered, vaccinated, felv test negative. Advantage Multi applied.  3 weeks later Revolution applied.  Amputation surgery was 10/5.  Full blood panel drawn, everything normal. He has had  multiple medications and antibiotics. 1 week later treated for tapeworm with Drontal. He still scratches neck and ears.  Now that i can handle him he is almost trance like when you scratch his neck/ ears.  I finally realized over the last week or so several very tiny bumps on neck and in front of ears.  No rash, no hair loss, no scabs, ears are clean. Skin is not red or irritated.  Absolutely no fleas.  When you scratch his neck/ ears he's so itchy his head shakes and his stump looks like it's vibrating.  I have never seen anything like this. Do you have any ideas or suggestions to try before i have to traumatize him with one more vet visit? I have 2 other indoor cats and a dog that are symptom free,  my husband and i have had no reactions either. Any suggestions that you may have to offer would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you, 

Jackie and Huckleberry


Jackie, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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28 November 2017 - 8:06 pm
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It could be ear mites.  Is there a dark crumbly discharge in the ears?  If so I like Revolution topically (less irritating than daily ear drops).  He could also still be having an allergic reaction to the fleas, even if they are gone.  If his amp site is healed then a cortisone injection or pill is helpful.  Least likely is an allergic reaction to food which requires a diet change.


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28 November 2017 - 8:19 pm
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Thank you,  his ears are totally clean,  he let me use a Qtip,  didn't even have any wax. I was expecting a bunch of dead ear mites, maybe they cleaned his ears while he was under anesthesia. I will look into getting him in for a steroid injection. Thank you very much for your time!

Jackie and Huckleberry 


Jackie, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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