We're home from the vet trip, and the good news is Rocky doesn't have cancer! He has glandular hyperplasia, and secondary bacterial and yeast infections. The vet explained that cats who produce too much ear wax are very prone to develop this condition. We know several of our kitty friends have said they produce too much ear wax, and Rocky says to tell you to LOVE those ear cleanings as much as you love Temptations so your ears won't get like his!! (He's resting right now, after an exhausting two days.)
Unfortunately, the damage to his ears can't be reversed, and this is a chronic condition that will require lifetime treatment. But we're just so happy it wasn't cancer, because the type of cancer that typically occurs in cases like this is basal cell carcinoma and it isn't treatable when it's in a cat's ears.
Now he gets Animax in his ears twice daily for ten days and antibiotics (Clavamox) for ten days. After that, he gets his ears cleaned twice a week forever with a prescription earwash called T8 Keto.
His 160 mile roundtrip today wasn't nearly as frightening to him as his short trip to the vet yesterday. He moaned only for 40 miles, then settled down for short naps in his covered carrier for the rest of the trip. And the vet's exam room has a high window ledge overlooking a courtyard that he could look out when he wasn't being examined. Even with an interesting view, he looks a bit worried:
Oh, and while he was there, good CEO that he is, Rocky sold an Artsy Catsy cell phone charm to the vet! What a guy! Even when he's sick, he's still our beloved hard-driving Cat Executive Officer!
Thank you all so very, very much for your caring words and support! Cat families are the best families in the world!