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Cat with popped abscess

Discussion in 'Cat Health and Nutrition' started by peds, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. peds

    peds PetForums Member

    Oct 15, 2011
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    Hello everyone,

    So we've had this handsome chap for about four months now, he is one year and one week old, his previous owner called him Blue, but to us he is generally just The Cat.

    About two weeks ago he came home limping with fight wounds on his hind leg, we cleaned it up and in a couple of days he was right as rain, but then yesterday evening when he came home we noticed it had ballooned up quite suddenly. As far as abscesses go it was quite small, but we decided to take him to the vet the next day, just to be safe. By the morning it had already popped, and as we were about to box him up to take him there he escaped, and we were already late for a different appointment so we couldn't give chase, and we said we'd leave it until the afternoon.

    Here is the state of the wound now, completely deflated, The Cat seems happy and not in the least bothered by it, and we are washing it every now and then with hot salt water, which The Cat thinks is great fun, oddly enough.

    Top, popped spot

    Underside, there was some swelling which has gone completely now

    If this was your cat, what would you do? Obviously abscesses left untreated can quickly turn into something nasty, but we are loathe to pay our (absolutely lovely) vet to tell us just to keep it clean...

    He isn't sleepy, lethargic, grumpy... he definitely isn't off his food... he has no signs of a fever...
  2. buffie

    buffie Mentored by Meeko

    May 31, 2010
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    You may/most likely will, get differing views on this but if it was my cat I would keep the appointment just to have it checked as he may need a/bs to be certain that any infection has totally left his system.
    Matrod, AmsMam, moggie14 and 2 others like this.
  3. OrientalSlave

    OrientalSlave Shunra Oriental Cats

    Jan 26, 2012
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    Is he neutered? If not, get him snipped asap. Unneutered cats are much more likely to get into fights. I would take him to the vets as antibiotics may still be indicated, but you could ring them to see. If he gets bitten again please take him before an abscess pops. You must take care of it to make sure it heals from the bottom otherwise another abscess can form. Preventing this is one of the things the a/bs do.
  4. Babyshoes

    Babyshoes PetForums Senior

    Jul 1, 2016
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    I think you should take him to the vet too, as you can't make an outdoor kitty understand that he must not step in puddles, poo etc. Even if you clean it up afterwards, bacteria can still get into small spots where it could hide & fester slowly.
  5. moggie14

    moggie14 PetForums VIP

    Sep 11, 2013
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    Agree with all the good advice already given. He really must see the vet for some AB's, you wouldn't want that turning nasty with an infection. Let us know? x
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