What the heck is with those ears?????
Needless to say, he had been thoroughly checked over by the vet at the time. Our first, and most immediate, thought was our old nemesis... the ringworm. Doesn't look like ringworm, though. Doesn't glow like it either. So we crossed that off the list.
At the time, his ears were nearly completely bald. Just a slight covering of fuzz coated the outsides of his ears. He was completely stressed with the intestinal issues, was costing me an arm and a leg at the vet, showed no patience for being poked and prodded, and apparently wasn't contagious since the other kitties aren't having this issue. Our biggest concern was his pancreas and digestion at the time, so (knowing it wasn't ringworm) we bounced ideas around and decided to take a "wait and see" approach to the ears.
Things we wondered about... seasonal allergies (he started to lose his fur right around the time the snow melted and spring allergens hit the air); stress reaction to being sick; allergic reaction to me (maybe) putting ringworm meds on his ears without a diagnosis (yes, I *know* that I need to stop doing that!). Other suggestions that have come forwards more recently include a bacterial inner ear infection that is affecting the fur on the outside of the ear as well.
I just don't know what to make of it.
His health is improving, not perfect but better. His ears are improving too... slowly. The photo above was taken over a month ago. The photos below were taken last night.
I don't know if you can really tell a difference in the photograph. But his ear has much more "coverage", especially around the edges and at the base of the ear.
The front view of the ears looks much, MUCH better... almost back to normal.
"Seriously, Lady? Why are you showing pictures of Norman's ears? Do you want the readers to think that Norm is a freak??? Norm can't even look at you right now."
While he is improving, the progress is slow (very slow). If you have had a similar experience, I'd love to hear what might be causing it. It's time to get a handle on this old man's sensitivities.
And I promise not to medicate him without veterinary approval any more.