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« Reply #15 on: November 19, 2015, 04:30:55 PM »

They make ear wipes , maybe his skin is just sensitive from the infection & they would help moisturize it .
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« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2015, 01:03:54 AM »

Oh, poor kid.   Kiss  So glad to hear he seems to be doing better now.
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« Reply #17 on: November 27, 2015, 02:51:30 PM »

Glad he's now free of infection, Ned.
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« Reply #18 on: November 27, 2015, 03:23:18 PM »

I also am so glad his poor ear is better, nothing hurts like an earache.  I just bought some Sheba canned food for my Sweetie Pie, I'm glad to read that your Smoggy likes it too.
I hope he continues to feel better, poor guy. He is lucky he is with you.
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« Reply #19 on: December 29, 2015, 03:57:45 PM »

Smoggy has another ear infection. The vet prescribed a different antibiotic and sent a swab out to be cultured. I've decided to stop feeding Sheba since these infections started when I changed their food. I think I'm going to have to start home cooking for him. I switched to Sheba originally because I felt the Fancy Feast might be contributing to his pancreatitis.
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« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2015, 05:50:03 AM »

Are they yeast infections ? Frequently that happens with a food allergy . Home cooking isn't that hard & if you can buy fresh , local ingredients on sale it can be cheaper . You will have to see if it's a food bothering them or an additive .
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« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2015, 05:51:46 AM »

Sheba didn't work at all for me, Ned.  And after I read about the meat packing, I have suspicions why this is happening.

I'm thinking of home cooking too.  I still have some Vibrapet (I think it's called), which is a decent vitamin supplement, so it would be easy enough, if I can get a food measurer/weight/scale thingy and a proper supplier of meat.
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« Reply #22 on: December 30, 2015, 10:45:14 PM »

I really liked Alnutrin as a supplement when I home cooked for the cats.  They have a few recipes on their website, a nutrient calculator if you want to design your own, or she can calculate everything for you if you have specific ingredients you want to use (I always had trouble reading those nutrient calculators).  Email them if you have questions.  It's a small family business so it can take a few days for her to respond.

http://www.knowwhatyoufeed.com/index.html



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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2015, 03:31:05 AM »

What is the problem with Sheba Merrihart? Sammy is eating that still but not all flavors.  Have not heard of a problem.
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2015, 05:05:44 AM »

ranger, it's not sheba specifically, it's meat packing.  Since sheba uses meat by-products, they are using non-human grade meats.  The packing plants are apparently throwing everything but the kitchen sink into the meat processors. 
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« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2015, 05:48:49 AM »

Are they yeast infections ? Frequently that happens with a food allergy . Home cooking isn't that hard & if you can buy fresh , local ingredients on sale it can be cheaper . You will have to see if it's a food bothering them or an additive .

The vet didn't see any yeast so maybe it's not the food. Seems like a weird coincidence that he started getting the ear infections about 10 days after I started feeding it. I did home cook for Thunder and I still have all the supplements. They're probably out of date though.

Petslave, I'm going to send away for the free sample of Alnutrin and see how it goes. Thanks for the link!

Merrihart, my kitties liked the Sheba better than Fancy Feast and the other two aren't having any problems but yeah, cheap food isn't going to use the best ingredients. Cost is a problem with the better foods but the cats don't want to eat those anyway so that leaves me in a bit of a pickle. At least Stormy likes home cooked. Not sure about the boys yet.

Smoggy's ear is still bothering him. I hope the vet calls with the culture results today, otherwise I won't know if we're using the right antibiotic until Monday because of the holiday.
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« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2015, 10:39:45 PM »

I hope that poor Smoggy's ear feels better soon!  Not a good way to start the new year!
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« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2016, 11:08:25 AM »

The culture didn't show much of anything.  Undecided The vet took Smoggy off the antibiotic and now he is on Prednisolone for the next week. His ear is still bothering him. If he doesn't respond to the pred then the next step is to anesthetize him and take a deep look into his ear. The vet thinks it might be polyps or a tumor.
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« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2016, 12:55:52 PM »

Poor kitty! Sending healing thoughts that the pred works well for Smoggy.
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« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2016, 07:58:16 PM »

Yikes, I hope he doesn't have polyps or a tumor.  Poor little guy.
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