If you have questions on cat ear surgery, we may be able to offer help from our experience.

A Summary of Harvey’s Cat Ear Surgery

Harvey had squamous carcinoma on one ear and a strong prospect of it on the other, so the vet suggested doing both ears simultaneously to save Harvey a second, very stressful, operation. The cancer looked like an odd ugly collection of warts but, the vet said it would abscess and spread quickly if we did not act.  The above link is to an informative non graphic page on the American Cancer Society page – many sites do have ‘graphic’ images, so this page is a good one to check gpt acurate details.

Harvey’s Recovery – A Brief Summary

There are several tips we have for a kitty having similar surgery – please read them, and we will be happy to answer questions after our experience. [Any serious enquiries? Ask Your Vet]

  • At first the result of the surgery will look scary and frightening as ear tips have gone. Hang in there your cat is still the same cat – and needs all your love at this scary time.
  • The cat will need to wear an Elizabethan (Buster) collar and may be stressed – the collar needs to stay on! It needs to be a strong collar to keeps sharp claws from ear wounds.
  • The vet will give you painkillers. IT IS IMPORTANT you try and obtain liquid painkillers for home use. Why? We tried Harvey on tablets, and the result was 24 hours of unnecessary stress as pilling a cat in a collar is VERY very difficult. Dad – who is usually pretty good at pilling while mum holds us in a Purrito – failed and got frustrated. Harvey was taken back to the vet for an injection of painkillers and a prescription of liquid meds.

Harvey Cat Ear Surgery - The boy recovered!!

  • Medication :- Harvey is now on liquid Meloxicam (painkiller), and Clavaseptin (antibiotic).
  • In spite of friends saying ‘they will get used to the collar’ you don’t believe it – I didn’t, I admit. BUT THEY DO. So do not take the collar off – if you have any concerns at all – please contact your vet, or get support from your FB or Twitter buddies.
  • Harvey is not 100% happy but he is getting used to it. The first 24 hours are the worst – as they get used to moving around with a different ‘head space’.
  • You may need to rig up some kind of an informal feeding arrangement – a shallow bowl raised up on top of a second bowl is a place to start. That way the collar slides down allowing the cat to lean forward and eat. Experiment and keep trying.
  • If you cat is NOT eating – please check with your vet. Ours was pleased when we told him Harvey was eating – so we took that as an indication that not eating is a negative sign.
  • Hang in there. Keep faith with your vet. Do NOT take off the collar and DO give your cat his meds.

Harvey recovered from his cat ear surgery

Be as prepared as you can, ask your vet if you have any concerns about ear surgery for cats, or dogs. It’s what you are paying for! Write down questions as you think of them. Never ever be afraid to ask a vet ANYTHING.

For those wishing to have full details, we have kept a diary of Harvey’s recovery here – images are included at the bottom.

Finally, we want to thank Ann Adamus for her lovely graphic for Harvey.

Miranda Kitten
Editor in Chief DashKitten.com
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  1. Hope that you are well soon, Harvey! I am sending over lots of healing purrs to you!

    Purrrrrrrrrrrrs, Spike William
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  2. da tabbies o trout towne

    May 19, 2015 at 7:19 am

    dood….we R glad yur home N ree coopa rate inn…..az all wayz de manee manee blessings oh st francis two ewe…..we dunno yet if we willna bee scared lookin at yur diaree sew for now we will just say bee well & healthee….
    XXXXXXXXX hearts that lookz like ???? over heer ~~~


  3. Little Binky and Granny

    May 18, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    This was very valuable information. We’ll purray for Harvey and send Extra Healing Pawkisses to feel better soon <3 <3 <3
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  4. Sassenach MacConney (Sass, Lou and Chevy)

    May 18, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    We’re cheering Harvey and his family on in his recovery from our little corner of the world. We hope Harvey recovers quickly, cleanly, and with as little drama as possible. We’ve also checked the pictures; he looks really good for the stage of the game that he is in.
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  5. Sherri-Ellen T-D.

    May 18, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Deer Harvey mee iss purrin an purrayin fur yur reecovery to go quiklee an that you are back to yur purrfect self soon!!!
    Yur a brave mankat that iss fur sure!
    Yurss sinseerlee , Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum =^,.^=
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    • Dash Kitten

      May 18, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Hiya Siddhartha!

      Thank you, nice to meet a foreign linguisticle kitty with my colourings! * paw waves *



      • Sherri-Ellen T-D.

        May 19, 2015 at 11:49 am

        Mew mew mew iss luvley to meet you Phoebe!!! Mee speekss Canadian kitty English…mew mew mew..mee iss still leernin how to spell an sound werdss out!
        Are you inn thee Land Down Under?
        **paw patss** Siddhartha Henry xxx
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  6. The Island Cats

    May 17, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    We’re purring that Harvey heals quickly.
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    • Dash Kitten

      May 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you guys, we have a special Harvey page set up for updates.


  7. Brian

    May 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Purrs to you Harvey pal from all of us. We hope the healing happens quickly and we will be here cheering you on.
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    • Dash Kitten

      May 17, 2015 at 2:50 pm


      Our boy is getting there step by step. Your support means a lot to us. Thank you.


  8. jansfunnyfarm

    May 17, 2015 at 10:34 am

    We hope Harvey is recovering well after his surgery. Glad he has liquid painkiller now.
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  9. The Boys and Karen

    May 17, 2015 at 8:05 am

    We just learned about Harvey’s surgery and so we wanted to stop by and offer our purrs and support at this time.

    We also want to thank you for the “PSA regarding his surgery and the things that could possibly happen after surgery.

    Karen and “The Boys (Christopher and Phillip)


  10. The Swiss Cats

    May 17, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Miranda, those are great advice. Harvey, you’re so brave ! We send you tons of healing purrs and hope you’re healing well. Purrs
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  11. Thomas Archer

    May 16, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    *soft paw* We’re so glad you were brave and went to see the vet, Harvey *smoochies* We hope you have speedy recovery so cone of shame can come off asap xx


  12. Wallas E Katt

    May 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    WTF Harvs!? Wots goin on mate? I’ll have to check yurr twitta stream. Glad u r in gr8 hands with Whskr, get well soon pal, WeK xox


  13. Lone Star Cats

    May 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Sending Harvery purrs.
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  14. Summer

    May 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    This is great advice – humans get upset really easily, so it’s very important to let them know what’s normal, what’s not, and workarounds. It helps them feel so much more secure – and it helps the kitties that are in their care too.
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  15. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    May 16, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Miranda you are a beacon of solid advice and information. Purring Havey gets better every hour!
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  16. Cathy Keisha

    May 16, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Sending healing purrz to Harvey. He’s been through so much.
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  17. meowmeowmans

    May 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you, Miranda, for this really important post. It’s so informative. We are purring and praying that Harvey’s recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Glad to hear he’s eating! Big hugs and headbonks to you all.
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