Remember our little cat Streak, The Walking Anatomy Lesson? He had a massive abscess that burst open, leaving the flesh over his ribs exposed. So, we took him to the vet (that was abscess #2), got him cleaned up and on antibiotics. It healed up cleanly….or so we thought. Not too long passes before a third abscess in the same place makes itself known. Poor little dude. Again, the abscess bursts open the day of his vet appointment, thankfully leaving a mess in the outdoor cat yard and not on the carpet.
Good wittle kitty.
Streak was extremely difficult to get into a carrier, even biting and scratching. I think the little dude was in more pain than I initially thought. After all, his abscess had burst, so most of the pain and discomfort should have been relieved by that, right? Hell, no!
But 3 attempts and 2 towels later, I had him in the carrier and off to the vet’s. I don’t believe they had seen a pet with 3 abscesses in a row on the same location before. So, probably some foreign body still trapped in the flesh. Little Dude was going to have to go under the knife. So, I waggled my fingers at him through the carrier bars and left him in capable hands.
My vets office is great and they stayed late the next day to fit him into their surgery schedule. He had to stay a second night, had a tube and 10 stitches put in, and antibiotics. 7 days later, the tube came out, allowing the skin to heal closed. 12 days after surgery, M3 and I removed the stitches. Streak was so good about it.
So, what was the cause of all this fuss? Unknown. But the vet did find a puss pocket at the center of lots of scar tissue. The original foreign body (cactus spine? cat claw?) had dissolved and couldn’t be identified.
Now, Streak is back to his usual sweet self, letting us pick him up for snuggles and carry him around.