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Old 11-22-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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My cat developed a large abscess on his tummy - about the size of my palm. I couldn't afford another 400 dollar vet bill (for his previous abscess)!!so I decided to treat it myself ( I have a basic medical background). The abscess drained very well - serosanguinous drainage (bloody fluid). Within 24 hrs, the abscess was completely drained and healing nicely.
1. Apply warm/wet compress to wound - do not rub. Best to use clean cloth soaked in cooled off boiled water/salt solution. I used about 1 tblsp salt to a large bowl of water. Continue to apply compresses until the wound is almost drained. (The saline solution made with salt and water is good for cleansing and not as stingy as regular water).
2. I had a collection of abdominal pads, gauze pads but a very clean white cloth would work as a bandage. Cover the pad with Polysporin ointment and apply to the wound. I attached it with strips of fabric wound around the body. It took 2 strips of cloth to bind the wound, not too tight.
3. I also had a cone for his head to prevent him from licking and biting at the bandage.
4. Keep kitty in a safe place, away from other pets. Supply with fresh water and a bit of food and access to litter box.
5. Change dressing after 6 hours or so.
6. After 24 hrs, remove dressings, cone and check wound for healing. It should be dry, with no swelling.
My cat was happy to have all of the dressings and head gear removed. He began to purr which made me happy! The fur around the wound was stained with fluids, etc. and Casper will clean himself once he feels up to it. Just remember to be very gentle - kitty will be in a lot of pain from the open wound. It will sting!
Good luck!

Abscesses should NEVER be covered. Abscesses need to be kept open to heal. They need to heal from the inside out. They need to be open and able to drain freely.

And they need antibiotics.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:27 PM
 
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My cat is an indoor cat and she developed an abscess. If your cat suddenly yelps when you touch her backside it may be an abscess. Well, at least in her case, cats can get an abscess in other areas. The Dr. said it is very unusual for an indoor cat to get an abscess.

I hope this info helps someone.
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Old 11-23-2015, 11:05 AM
 
Location: southern kansas
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My cat is an indoor cat and she developed an abscess. If your cat suddenly yelps when you touch her backside it may be an abscess. Well, at least in her case, cats can get an abscess in other areas. The Dr. said it is very unusual for an indoor cat to get an abscess.

I hope this info helps someone.
That might be true if the cat is the only cat in the house. But if there is more than one, and they tend to squabble at all, then abscesses can & will happen. Scratches and minor bites from another cat are probably the most common cause of them.
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