I’ve only recently started testing (less than a week now), and like everyone else, it’s been an adventure. Today I noticed a little raised bump on my kitty’s ear. (Picture attached) I normally have to poke him at least three times to get the needed amount of blood. I’m free-handing using lancets. I warm his ear with a rice sock, use a piece of cotton as a cushion, and hold his poke for a few seconds after I’m done as well. At the suggestion of Deb, I tried icing last night and again this morning...it isn’t happening. Using his other ear is next to impossible, for some reason he does not tolerate that ear being touched, at all. (No past history of issues or any type of trauma, he just doesn’t like it) I fought with him for over 40 minutes this afternoon trying to get his +9 reading using his other ear. Is this a small hematoma forming? A keloid scar perhaps? What can I do? I’ve watched ear testing videos, and I read the “psychology of testing” article. Am I going too deep (I have gone through his ear a few times now)? The wrong angle? Should I be slowly poking, or quickly stabbing? (That sounds awful...I’m stabbing my cat with a little needle a few times a day!) Any advise for a relatively new tester?