Post # 1
One of my cats managed to cut his foot a couple of days ago. The wound is small and clean, but today I noticed that there was a huge bald patch around it.
I’ve noticed Loki licking it a lot, and came to the conclusion that because he was doing it so much, that the fur has possibly been licked off.
I am planning to take him round to the main house tomorrow (my landlady is a vet) and get some advice, but is there anything I can try to do now?
ETA: Since writing, he’s been at it again, and it suddenly looks a lot worse – it’s weeping and looks sore 🙁
I got a photo of it while he was happily eating a spider – sorry it’s so massive! I have no idea how to resize it :/
Obligatory ‘cute’ cat photo :p
Post # 4
My thoughts would be that maybe the fur around it is poking it and causing him irritation or maybe he’s just obsessing over keeping it clean? I’ve heard of cats with anxiety or OCD licking themselves bald in places but not when there’s already a wound….
ETA: He’s very cute!
Post # 5
Better take the cat to the vet, just to be sure it’s not infected.
Post # 6
I’m a cat freak!
yeah…I think getting expert vet advice would be best than getting advice from a generic web forum.
*a few months ago, my boys were rough housing and the little one got a small battle wound. My vet gave me the OK to just use Neosporin on it until it healed.
i re-read your original post. Yeah…the wound could heal on its own, but it’s best to call a vet. Better safe than sorry, I say. If he won’t quit messing with it he may have to wear the cone of shame. Lets hope not….
Post # 7
Yeah, it’s probably itching. I’m sure the vet will give you something, but you could also get him a cone if you are worried about it.
eta- Neosporin is a good idea
Post # 8
@Nellop: Neosporin and a gauze bandage with medical tape around it.
no im not kidding. yes i know its for humans but it works the same for cats. you need to make sure the wound has something on it to clear bacteria (the neosporin) and cover it so he isnt tempted to lick.
Post # 9
I took him round to the landlady who has confirmed an infection and has given him an injection. she’ll be giving him an injection once a day for three-four days.
Putting a bandage on has gone about as well as you might expect. I’m sporting a lovely scratch on my arm and he’s sporting a serious lack of bandage. I’ll try again when he’s sleeping today.
Thanks for the advice 🙂
Post # 10
@Nellop: 1. My dog is named Loki 🙂 Best name ever.
He recently had a cut & got an antibiotic spray & had to wear the cone for about 5 days until it healed up. He’ll be fine.