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How to Care for a Cat's Abscess (or any animal really)
My Cat and his Abscess
Let me start off my saying that any animal or person with an abscess, sometimes called a cyst, should go to the vet or hospital to ensure it is completely and properly taken care of.
An abscess forms on a cat usually when they get into fights with other cats and the wound heals too quickly leaving the bacteria inside. The bacteria then continues to multiply inside the animal and basically becomes a giant puss bubble. It smells rancid and is the worst smell I have yet to come in contact with.These can be very dangerous for the animal and causes a high fever. If you cannot get to a vet right away here are a few tips to get the abcess under control.
Step one: Get yourself something to cover your face from the smell so you're less likely to vomit if you have a weak stomach, a bandanna will suffice. Run some hot water, you want it as hot as possible without burning yourself. Grab a clean, old washcloth and wet it with the hot water.
Step two: With the animal relaxed place the hot washcloth over the wound, don't press hard or it will pop. You want it to open up on your own. The vet will open it up more later. The abscess probably won't open the first time you put the compress on it, so keep getting the washcloth hot until it opens up. *Caution: This is very gross, rotten smell. Green and brown with some blood is normal. It may have clumps in the puss*
Step three: Once it's open, without squeezing out the puss try to get as much out as possible. This will not hurt your animal, your animal will simply feel relieved of the pressure. Keep rinsing and wetting the washcloth till as much puss as possible is out.
Step four: I personally use peroxide on my cats, it is safe to use. However, I don't know if it's the best thing to do when they have an abscess. The vet had me use it after the surgery on my cat so it should be fine to use before the surgery as well. So, as I was saying to further get rid of infection use peroxide and clean out the wound. It will bubble like crazy so keep applying it till there's less bubbling. Put on a cloth bandage over the wound with some ointment to help infection from spreading.
Step five: Get the animal to the vet ASAP. DON'T let the wound heal before you get to the vet it could come back if it isn't completely drained. Use compresses daily in the mean time to keep the wound open and to be sure its gone. A vet can tell you if you need a surgery to complete the process. They will make an incision on the cyst, squeeze out the puss, rinse it with a special formula, and put a drainage tube in if that is the case.
Checking your animal daily for scratches could prevent abscesses from forming. Clean-up all wounds on a cat after a fight, like I said before peroxide and an anti-bacterial ointment work best. Also getting your cat fixed can also prevent cats from fighting consider getting your animal fixed so this won't happen to you.