Joey is one of my cats. I rescued him from a bar down on the bayous in Southwest Louisiana. We had just spread the ashes for my best friend Kay Star who had died on New Years Day. Her daughter saved the rest of the ashes for when I could be down in Louisiana. We spread Kay's ashes at her house and at the cemetery where her parents were buried. Then, we went to have a beer in memory of Kay at Candy's Bar. As soon as we walked in, Candy, the owner, told me that there was a baby cat hanging around the bar. They found it in the air conditioning duct or something. She said that they were feeding it but it would probably get run over. Of course, I took it home and knew it was Kay and her crazy sense of humor playing tricks on me.
This cat was a handful from the beginning. He was different from my other cats. I have to tell you that I am a cat lady. I love all animals and anything that has life has my respect. Well, this crazy cat drove me and mama crazy. He's jump at sunbeams streaming in the long hall and swat at our evening candles. Somehow, after about three weeks, I realized that this cat was deaf. Naturally, when a cat has any kind of problems, I know he/she will not survive down there. They need attention. Yes, I risked my marriage, and flew this one back.
I named him Joey because he seemed like such a little brat. He's learned as children often do that if they want attention, they do something bad. Joey will leap from the piano to the fireplace and knock down anything he can until we pay attention to him. If we don't, he keeps it up. Naturally, we have learned not to put anything breakable in certain areas. We've had to Joey Proof everything.
Recently, my baby started moving his head side to side. Well, it doesn't take much to know that he had earmites. Of course, he doesn't like anyone fooling with his ears so here we go again. I had just read about putting a few drops of Wesson corn oil on a piece of cotton and cleaning out the ears that way. It would rid the cat of ear mites. I don't use corn oil but later i was googling and found that Apple Cider vinegar worked.
I put a mere dab of it on my finger and stuck it in one ear. He had a fit and kept licking it and trying to clean it off. I am thinking he hated the smell. My husband said maybe it burned him. Then, I felt guilty but the next day, Joey was no longer shaking his head. One drop of Apple Cider Vinegar cleared up the earmites. I only put a dab into one ear but maybe he tasted a bit and it somehow ended up in his other ear! So, for all of you cat folks who can't afford to run your "kids with tails" into the vet everytime they get something wrong with them. Try it. It worked for Joey. Thanks. Salud.