What a horrible, horrible and sad story. I think you just saved my cat's life, because I was just about to look for things in my med cabinet from old script to try to treat/ kill these ear-mites. I am so sorry about your kitty and about you, but he/she is alive and still has a mommy/daddy to love and take care of it. I know your kitty and I are strangers but my granny used to say a kiss on each check makes us strangers no more. So kiss her on each side for me and tell her love is on it's way. The two of you can love your way through it. So, here I go just cleaning and using more natural ways to treat my baby. I know these ear-mites are hard to get ride of but still they are OUT of here! By the way my cat's name is FIONA, MS. FIONA to the rest of the world(: I thank you for the information you've shared and will pass it on to others, I will also pray for you and your kitty.