Obsessed with Cat Abscesses
Our small male cat Streak had an abscess three months ago on his left side over his last 2 ribs. At the time, we saw it after it had opened and I thought I was dealing with a puncture wound. I took him to the vet and they IDed it as an open abscess, cleaned it, gave us antibiotics to treat Streak, and told us to leave it open and let him clean it. Well, Streak had a second abscess this past week that opened on Wednesday morning. There is a picture of the cleaned abscess at the end of the post. If you are squeamish, you might not want to look.
This abscess made his previous one look simply like your worst zit ever. This abscess was huge. Puss-filled blood was sprayed across the tile of the front room – about 7 feet. We estimate the volume was roughly half a cup. The opening over his ribs was not quite the size of my closed fist. Granted, I do have small hands, even for a woman. Still, the size of it, the fact that my little cat was now a walking anatomy lesson, was deeply disturbing.
Off to the vet we went. They were quite impressed with it too. I warned them that Streak was a bit cranky and had been biting us when we cleaned up the wound. So, they put on protective gear and irrigated the wound, trimmed back the hair, and put an antibacterial gel on it. It’s best to leave it open so Streak can clean it. He’s back on antibiotics.
He had been cranky for the past few weeks and we could feel a lump in roughly the same place. We figured it would open in time and we would let the vet know and put him on antibiotics. However, we did not realize how large it was. I can only imagine what pain that mass must have been along his ribs, the pressure it was under. He was probably scratching his side, causing it to explode. Yuck!
Anyway, he is feeling much better and will be an inside cat 100% until this heals up. We are not sure how he received his injury as he is an indoor cat 90% of the time and is very lovey-dovey. We are always petting this cat, snuggling him, he sleeps on the bed. So if he had an injury within the past few months, I would like to think one of us would have noticed. He use to be a 95% outdoor cat, but then we put Phil outside, and he is a jerk. So Streak decided to become in indoor kitty about 4 months ago. However, our vet says this recent abscess is not likely due to the injury that caused the abscess of 3 months ago. They are nearly in the same spot. My vet is excellent, but I don’t know what injury or when that caused this abscess.