Buddy is an 11 year old kitty who recently gave his mom quite the scare. When she came home, she saw that Buddy's front leg had a large gash in it and it was oozing blood. Uncertain of what what could have happened to him, and terrified he was going to get an infection, she knew she had to take Buddy to the vet.
The vet found that Buddy 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 Buddy some antibiotics so the infection would go away.
Buddy's mom fell on some hard times, so she reached out to Fur Kids Foundation to help her cover the costs of his emergency vet visit. We recently received a message from Buddy’s mom that he’s feeling much better!
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