Q: Cats and Abscesses

May 1, 2008 | By Robin | 2 answers | Expired: 2385 days ago


I November we adopted a stray cat that was living outside of our house. We tried to find an owner, but when we didn't, we decided to keep him. We do not know his exact age, but our vet thinks he is about 4 to 6 years old. He had a large, raised bump at the base of his tail. When we took him to the vet for a checkup and shots, the vet said it was probably just a fatty lump and nothing to worry about. It burst a few weeks later, though, and appears to have been an abscess. He has been to the vet multiple times now and has been on antibiotics twice. Right now it is draining and seems to be healing. I was just wondering if anyone had ever had this happen and has any advice. I'm also wondering how long it will probably take to heal, because it is quite a mess and he's been trapped in one room while it heals. Thanks you all so much!!

Readers' Answers (2)

May 01, 2008

Yes, I rescued a kitten once that had been bitten nearly in half by a dog. Most of her wounds healed except for one on her stomach - it stayed open and festered and smelled to high Heaven. She was on antibiotics for quite some time, a few months if I remember rightly, and we had to put ointment on it and I think we even tried to bandage her, but you know how much cats like to be restrained :)

As far as advice goes - cats are very individual, so I suppose depending on your cat it may be harder for you. Our cat was typical cat - very princessy, snooty, liked to be waited on whether we wanted to treat her that way or not, so she was content to lounge around and heal properly. But if your cat is frisky, then of course you have your hands full.

Depending on the wound, I'd say 3 weeks to 2 months of proper recovery time.

Best of luck to you and your cat!

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Marta J.

May 02, 2008

Outdoor cats can get abcesses a lot. They get it from bites when fighting. Even if one cat is not a fighter he can be attacked by one who is. Unneutered cats have a much higher risk because they fight over females. As far as how long it takes to heal, depends on the wound and the immune system of the cat. If he has Feline Aids or Leukemia that can retard his healing. If you decide to keep him the first thing you need to do is have him tested for both those diseases. Both are fatal, and VERY contagious.(not to humans) If you have any other cats keep them apart until you have him tested. Talk to your vet about it. Good luck.

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