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Cat has shaved spot on head?

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by Shania Webb, Oct 2, 2020.


  1. Shania Webb

    Shania Webb PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    I don’t know if anyone can make any suggestions as to what this is. My cat is an outdoors cat and we’ve seen him go in to other houses throughout the day, but always comes back to us at least once a day. Yesterday, he was fine. Then today he has come home and we’ve noticed this large bald spot on his head that was flat at first. He was very docile and seemed like he wanted to be alone, so he’s been sleeping under a bed for the whole day. We’ve looked again and now it appears swollen & red, and almost dented. Obviously we will be taking him to the vets ASAP but just wanted some thoughts on what people think it might be? I’m worried as he is 14 now and getting a bit slower.
     

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  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    If that was my cat I would have had him at the vets by now ,poor lad .
    He needs to be seen by your vet ASAP .
     
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  3. Shania Webb

    Shania Webb PetForums Newbie

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    Yes I know our vet doesn’t open til 4pm tomorrow :(
     
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    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    This cant wait until 4pm tomorrow If you are in the UK all vets must , by law , provide Out of Hours veterinary care.
    If you cant access care from your own vet then please phone round other surgeries.

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    It does looks as though his head has been shaved as you say. Perhaps someone found him injured and bleeding and took him to the vet. There is a dark mark on the edge of the shaved part, is it a cut or a bite?

    We do not know what has happened to him and he could be suffering from a nasty injury. If it were my cat I would want him seen by a vet urgently so I would know what is wrong with him. The poor cat could be in awful pain - cats are very good at hiding pain.

    If you are in the UK can you take him to an Out of Hours vet tonight? If this is impossible there are plenty of UK vets open on a Saturday morning you do not need to wait until 4 pm.
    Try Vets4Pets who are based in the Pets at Home stores. But please get him seen as soon as possible, it is urgent.
     
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    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

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    An abscess is possible in which case it will be painful
     
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    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    How did you get on at the vets today ?
    I hope your boy is feeling better now .
     
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    Ouch looks sore, it could be a Pore of Winer which is a large pore on top of a cats head which can sometimes swell up and form a cyst. The Vet should be able to help him heal.
     
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    Those growths are usually quite raised aren't they? They contain keratin and one I saw on a cat in the Rescue looked like a little horn growing out of his head.

    Though it wouldn't account for how the OP's cat came to have a shaved head :confused:
     
  11. TriTri

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    When my cat had a very swollen paw last month, the vet asked for permission to shave him to enable them to look for injuries. They found he had been bitten and had an abscess, they burst it to remove puss and pressure, put him on antibiotics and it all seemed to heal up nicely. Following his injury he hid and was very quiet. Maybe the same has happened to this cat, with a neighbour taking him in to see the vet, or maybe not?

    It would be good to hear back how this cat got on.
     
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