As you are attentive to your cat, you most likely know when it has an abscess. It is a very painful wound that, in most cases, is infected and requires drainage by a veterinarian.
Common causes of abscesses in cats are wounds from fights with another cat or dog, scratches, and bites which unfortunately are a very effective source of bacterial infection. Therefore, outdoor cats involved in fights are very prone to abscesses.
If your cat has an abscess, she will need prompt treatment to speed up the healing process. Waiting to treat a spot will only make the prognosis more severe and recovery more complex. Without care, the animal may contract other diseases.
The most common symptoms of a suppurating abscess in cats are:
• Painful lump-like lesion
• Inflamed skin
• Hair loss
• Mild fever
In advanced cases:
• high fever
• Loss of appetite
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Some abscesses can heal on their own, but more often than not, many need prompt veterinary treatment once diagnosed. The treatment consists of puncturing and emptying the bump if it has not ruptured. This cleaning will be done under general anesthesia or heavy sedation because the animal’s pain would not be bearable.
Shaving the hairs with the function of exposing the skin around the lesion. The abscess will then be appropriately rid and cleansed of its pus. The cat can then follow a prescription for antibiotics to prevent contamination.
Home remedies to treat an abscess in cats
Clear and disinfect the area
• Carefully clip the matted hairs to clean the area to see what the abscess looks like.
• Use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. It is very effective and has the advantage of not stinging.
• Remember NOT TO USE ALCOHOL.
• Other wound care solutions like Betadine are also safe. Rinse the area with a little lukewarm water afterward.
Now you should be able to see what you’re dealing with. Cleaning the wound is always a good idea to prevent the infection from spreading further and involving other more problematic illnesses.
If your cat seems comfortable and continues to feed, you can usually wait a few hours to see your vet. However, depending on their severity, abscesses almost always require systemic antibiotics.
Even if the bruise doesn’t seem too severe, you should seek professional advice. After a thorough diagnosis, your vet will likely prescribe Amoxicillin or Clavamox after treating the abscess.
You can reduce the swelling of your cat’s abscess by applying warm compresses for about 10 minutes and 3-4 times a day at home. In addition to lowering visible symptoms, this will encourage blood flow to the area and speed up healing.
A hot compress is a clean washcloth or small cloth soaked in hot water. Hold it on the wound for a minute or two, if possible several times in a row if your cat allows it. If the abscess has ruptured, the lesion will need to be cleaned and disinfected.
If the abscess is pierced, burst, or ruptured and the wound is open, disinfect well with hydrogen peroxide or Betadine. Then treat with green clay; It is a good treatment for open abscesses that do not heal.
• Then cover with a good dose of green clay to help dry and heal the wound, add clay every day.
• You will need to discourage your cat from licking the area to prevent other bacteria from infecting the already vulnerable wound.
In some cases, an Elizabethan collar will be required. An Elizabethan collar, better known as a veterinary collar, is a collar shaped like a lampshade that will prevent the cat from accessing the wound.
Often, the abscess may appear healed and become inflamed a few days later. The reason is that as the wound healed, bacteria got trapped inside.
If your cat has a dental abscess in its mouth, call your veterinarian immediately to avoid unnecessary pain and body strain. All remedies offered should not be used to substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick, consult your veterinarian.