Healing time for my cat – any clues? *warning pretty graphic image*

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Poor little guy! I’m glad you found the problem and could take him in to have it looked after. However, I do think it’s strange that you didn’t get any directives from the nurses at the clinic you took him to. At our animal hospital they would have arranged a follow up check for sure. I would at the very minimum call them to ask for more info. Also, why wasn’t he given a cone? I guess it’s too late now, but if there’s ever open wounds like this again I would definitely ask them for one! Best of luck to your little friend!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Agreed. He should have an e-cone to prevent infecting or opening the wound (as much as he might hate it). Definitely call or visit your vet for more info.

My cat had a few absceces, so I know how it goes. Sometimes we had to drain the puss that built up even after the vet visit (but we were instructed to). Thankfully she pulled through them all. =)

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If the wound isn’t healing up nicely or your cat is in pain, you should definitely go see the vet again. As you said before, $$ is a small price to pay for your buddy. Say it takes $100 for consult + medication. That can be worked into a budget. It shouldn’t end up being more (or much more) than that.

 

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@FutureMrsHallam: Ok, so I’m not a vet – but one thing I know, cat’s mouths are full of bacteria and that their saliva SHOULD NOT go into wounds. That’s why I’m so surprised they didn’t equip him with a cone. Sure, the scab would prevent drainage – but as you’re washing it several times a day you should prevent it from forming. If not, just rub a little harder/more frequent to remove them. 

Anyway, at this point I would keep a close look at the wound (discharge, colour change, feeling warm) as well as your cats general behavior (is he eating and behaving as normal?). If everything seems like normal I would just continue to treat him until the wound has healed. If there’s a little bit of puss accumulating again you might also be able to treat it yourself (warm compresses can “pull out” an abscess). However, if he’s lethargic and start to eat less I would bring him in ASAP – as I’m sure you would agree to.

Wish you both the very best and that you don’t have to rake up more vet bills, because they really suck.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Poor baby! My cat had an abscess on her side years ago, and it was about that size. They lanced and drained it and left a surgical tube sticking out to continue draining whatever fluid/pus etc might still be in there. She had to wear a cone so she wouldn’t try to pull on it. She seemed mostly fine after a couple days, like it wasn’t bothering her like it did before it was treated. She had no problem laying on that side either, which we were initially worried about but there were no problems with that. If I remember right, the stitches/tube came out after a week and then the cone came off too. She healed up just fine! I think she hated the cone more than anything. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I may be a complete idiot for asking this, but why aren’t there any stitches to close the wound?  Even self-dissolving ones?  When my dog had knee surgery there were stitches… Is it different with cats? 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsHallam:  In my non-professional opinion, the wound looks clean, but as previous posters have said, make sure to keep washing it as instructed, and take him into the vet if anything gets worse. And thank you for taking such good care of your cat. =)

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FutureMrsHallam:  Reminds me when I had a staph infection on my face. They deliberately kept the wound open to let the puss drain. Gross, I know, but it worked.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

The only time I’ve dealt with draining wounds is when my roommate had MRSA. They packed the wounds with this special ribbony gauze to keep them open and draining. With the antibiotics it probably took her two weeks to heal up her abcesses, but they were larger than your cats. Hopefully he heals quickly, it sounds like he’s already feeling better.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My foster’s lanced abscess required the cone of shame for 1 week and was pretty darn healed after 2 weeks. It was completely unnoticeable after 4-5 weeks and that was b/c it took a while for the hair to grow back

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