Ask US Anything: Ragdoll Cat with Growth on Outer Ear, Frequent UTIs, Hard Water vs. Water Softener

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Our “Ask US Anything” is a series of posts on the site where I share the questions/concerns/ideas that readers have sent in and then the responses from our readers about those questions/concerns/ideas.

Ragdoll Cat with Growth on Outer Ear

Julie wrote in asking about the growth on her Ragdoll cat’s outer ear. She is concerned about it, but didn’t want to take her kitty in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Has anyone ever seen anything like this? I don’t run to the vet for little non emergencies (especially in today’s climate!) but I am curiously cautious about this. It started out tiny like 3-4 years ago. It’s only recently gotten bigger. At first i thought it was just a weird piece of cartilage from scratching he did a long time ago. Or maybe even an ear nip our puppy did at the time. FYI…the blood is from me scratching at it with my (clean) nail and squeezing it (gently) to see if it had any puss. It did not. Nor was he bothered by my doing so. It also doesn’t seem to bother him being there at all. But anything that “grows” does cause me concern. Thoughts?”


Ragdoll Cat with Frequent UTIs

Vicki wrote in, “One of my ragdolls, Vesper, has developed a recurring UTI condition. Her vet suggests I find wet food that specifically addresses this problem. The Hill Science Diet he sold me didn’t cut it with Vesper. Can anyone in your community recommend an alternative brand of food that could help with a UTI? Thank you!”

I posted her question to our Facebook page:


Cats Drinking Hard Water vs. “Soft” Water

Mary and Rose both wrote in on the same day, asking if it’s OK for their kitties to drink water if they have a water softening system.

I wasn’t sure and think it’s important to ask a veterinarian this. I posted it on Facebook for her and one reader commented that their veterinarian said it was best to give her kitty distilled water for their kidneys.


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