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problems after surgery

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Posted by: ThreeCalicos at Fri Feb 18 09:41:56 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by ThreeCalicos ]  
   

Sorry this is so long.......My 13 year old cat had surgery Feb 1 to remove a polyp from one ear. (Had taken her in when balance issues arose. ) Other ear had lots of wax (perpetual problem with her over the years, usually handled with Otomax) so vet removed that wax plug, cleaned it out, and found the eardrum had a small perforation. She had had antibiotics there and came home with Baytril pills.

She was better at first although seemed confused but now balance is off again. Eardrum is healed but cloudy which vet says indicates infection still there. She's refusing food and seems to have lost eating instincts or knowledge of how to pick it up or chew. Sometimes she seems hungry but then just looks at the food. She always ate dry food. Have tried various cans and shredded types as well as cooked chicken and hamburger. If she eats any, it's the shredded catfood because we hold it up to her mouth but then she still seems unsure of what to do with it and sometimes it just hangs from her mouth. Mostly she licks the oil off it. I even tried soaking a little piece of cloth to see if she would suck on that but she seems to not want anything in her mouth.

Jaw does work right since opens wide to "yell" when not wanting to take pill and vet found no obstructions. Also, purr sounds very hoarse although lungs are clear. Assume that's some result of the tubing during surgery. She does occasionally lap water.

I'm concerned she has some sort of brain damage although have not specifically asked that. I think vet is going to suggest another surgery to do some sort of drain in ear but he also seems puzzled about some of the behaviors. He has call in to veterinarian teaching hospital for ideas but I know there are many good minds who read this board so am hoping for other suggestions or thoughts.
Thank you for your time and ideas.
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