This is Lola, a 5-year-old Snowshoe Siamese cat who is an indoor kitty. But, like many cats, Lola decided to test her nine lives with a great escape. And, as Fur Kids Foundation has come to learn, the great escapes never end well.
As Lola was cruising the neighborhood, she managed to get bitten by something. By the time Lola's parents caught up with her, they knew she needed to go to the vet. The vet found that Lola had an abscess that was infected. Abscesses are a common skin condition in cats, which often occur as a result of bites during fights but can also occur from other means, such as a cat running into a sharp object that may have bacteria on it.
Abscesses are often swollen, hot, and painful for the cat when touched. If they open, a thick yellowish discharge may be seen, and this will often have a foul smell. If an abscess does not open, the cat may become ill. In cats, an abscess is often hidden under the fur, and the first sign of illness the owner may see is that the cat is acting depressed and not eating. The cat usually has a fever. If the abscess is on a leg, the cat may limp. The cat may try to bite if the area is stroked or touched because the abscess is painful. Because of the pain, some cats may appear irritable or aggressive.
The vet thoroughly cleaned the area around the abscess and gave Lola some antibiotics so the infection would go away.
Lola’s dad is unemployed and her mom just getting back to work after being laid off and having a child, so they reached out to Fur Kids Foundation for help. We are happy to report that Lola is on the mend and up to her feline tricks.
Do you have an escape artist kitty? How do you keep your cat from getting out? Feel free to share your tips in our comments section or on our Facebook page. And, be sure to check out these five tips to keep your cat from escaping at Petsafe.
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Created in November 2011, the Fur Kids Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides education and aid to promote the well-being of animals in Campbell County.
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