If you have a cat, then you know that they can get into some mischief. If you let them go in and out as they please, you will find that sometimes your cat will come back home with various bites and scratches from a cat fight. If you find that your cat’s scratches are not healing, you can get into trouble with infections and abscesses forming on the skin.
If you notice that your cat is developing an abscess on its wound, you can take care of this yourself at home. Because most cats are naturally resistant to infections, a cat getting an infected wound is not uncommon. If you are worried at all about your cat’s wound, you will need to take it to a vet immediately and seek treatment.
The cause of the abscess is bacteria that had found its way inside the wounds. A cat’s mouth is full of dangerous bacteria that can be deposited into the wound by licking it. Reasons that the cat came home with the wound in the first place might be because of a bite that was given to it by a tomcat, because the cat was defending its territory. That means that bacteria from another cat can also infect the wounds as well. Besides fighting, a cat can get an abscess in the mouth, usually in older cats. This is because of a lack of proper dental care for the cat.
How do you know if your cat has an abscess? The wound will look swollen and be warm to the touch. There is also usually a soft lump present which when touched is probably painful to the cat. If the abscess is left alone for too long, your cat will experience a loss of appetite and fever. This will need to be treated quickly so that you can prevent an infection from going deeper into the tissue. Not seeking treatment can worsen your cat’s condition and shorten their life span maybe even dying as a result of an untreated infection.
If you take your cat to a vet, they will provide your cat with the care it needs. If the wound is too serious, surgery may be called for in order to get all of the infection out of the cat. What all cat owners need to do it be observant with their cat. If you let it roam around outside, know that it will get into its fair share of trouble. Make sure to check your cat after long periods of time away from home and make sure that there are no visible wounds. If there is a cut, scrape, or bite, make sure to clean the wound before you take your cat to the vet. And if your cat gets another abscess, make sure to take it to the vet again. You will need to check to make sure that it isn’t worse than the time before. It is also important to follow all of the care instructions that your vet gives you. This way, your cat will heal from the abscess and can live a longer, happier life with you.