Abscesses (ulcers) In Cats

Abscesses (ulcers) In Cats
Abscesses (ulcers) In Cats

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Abscesses are common in cats. During fights, cats inflict bites on each other, they have a lot of bacteria in their mouths that enter the wound. Cats' teeth are sharp and narrow, the wound heals quickly, but bacteria remain inside. They begin to multiply, and the cat's body tries to get rid of them. For this purpose, cells called neutrophils, which die and accumulate in the affected area, serve. As a result, an abscess occurs.

What is an abscess? An abscess is a cavity filled with pus. In the case of a cat bite, it contains a lot of bacteria.

Abscess (abscess) in a cat, photo photograph
Abscess (abscess) in a cat, photo photograph

Which cats are at risk for an abscess? Unsterilized cats that are allowed to walk on the street are the first candidates for an abscess, as they are more likely to get into fights. Abscesses can also appear in domestic cats, if several of them live in the same house.

Signs of an abscess. In the area of ​​the abscess (abscess), there is swelling, redness, soreness. If the abscess has opened, then a yellowish discharge appears, often with a heavy odor. Often in cats, the abscess is invisible, as it is hidden by wool. The first sign that should alert the owner is that the cat looks lethargic and refuses to eat. She also has a fever.

Most often, abscesses occur in areas where cats get bitten during fights. First of all, these are the limbs, head and base of the tail. An abscess in the leg causes lameness. The abscess is very painful, so the cat may try to bite you if you touch it. The pain makes cats irritable and aggressive.

How is an abscess diagnosed? This is indicated by limited, painful, and fluctuating swelling.

Opened abscess (abscess) in a cat on the stomach, photo photograph
Opened abscess (abscess) in a cat on the stomach, photo photograph

Drainage at the site of the abscess. Photo Christy & David Whetstone

After examining the cat and finding the area of ​​inflammation, the veterinarian clippers the hair so that a small wound left by the teeth is visible. It is often necessary to cut a rather large area to find all the wounds.

How is an abscess treated? After clipping the fur, the veterinarian will open the abscess and remove the pus. Usually, a rather large incision is made, since the wound must remain open and drained for a long time. Wash it repeatedly with an antiseptic solution. Antibiotics are often prescribed by the veterinarian. Usually cats do well after the abscess is opened.

If the abscess was very extensive and deep, then the veterinarian, after removing the pus, sutures the wound by placing a latex tube with small holes in it, so that the newly formed pus comes out through them. Also, through these holes, you can wash the wound with an antiseptic solution.

In addition to bacterial infections during fights, cats can contract leukemia, feline immunodeficiency virus and rabies.

How can an abscess be prevented? The best way to prevent abscess is to keep your cat out of the fight. Keep her at home. If your cat walks outside, spay it as it is less likely to get into a fight. When introducing new cats to each other, do it gradually. To prevent other diseases, get vaccinated early.

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