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Q: What are the bumps on my cats outter ears?

September 26, 2009 | By OniPuppy | 3 answers | Expired: 1777 days ago

OniPuppy

Only one of my two one and a half year old cats has these bumps on its outter ear, and only on the ear. They seem to be skin toned, and he doesn't seem to notice them. His hair is thinning on his ears as well. He is allowed in the backyard daily, and his sister is out there more than he is. The bumps have been there a few weeks now.

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Amber
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Sep 26, 2009

definitely get him to a vet, but i bet i know what you're talking about. Churp, one of our cats, had these weird little bumps on his ears a while back. not zit-type bumps...not like something that would be full of puss or anything, and they didn't look like bug bites either. i can't imagine they'd be bug bites, because he was the only one to have these. none of our other 4 cats or our dog got this, and they don't go outside.

in any case, they didn't seem to bother him, and then they went away. no clue what they were about.

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MelissaE
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Sep 26, 2009

My first thought is fleas or some other type of insect bite. Mine get flea bites that present as flesh-colored bumps on the ears about 1/4 inch above the head hair. Even if you use Frontline, Advantage, etc. there will always be the occasional bites. The hair loss on the ears could be from scratching, even if you don't see him scratching. We can't watch them 24 hours a day. He may also have an allergy to whatever bit him. That could account for the bumps still being in the same place. I would ask your vet. He may need steroids to help him with the allergy if there is one. (Keeping him inside all the time won't help. If you have pets, there will be fleas in the carpet no matter how clean you keep it.) Good luck with him!

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Ourstaff
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Sep 26, 2009

The first and best answer to many of the questions posted here is to get the pet checked by your vet. You didn't say where the bumps where on the cat's ear or how long they have been there. They may just be a natural part of the ear that didn't show up until the cat was older. They could also be caused by some kind of a bite. You vet will help you determine the cause

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