Cat bite abscesses

Cat bite abscesses are a very common complaint we see in cats who go outside. Signs of a cat bite abscess include:

  • Limping suddenly
  • Swollen and painful bumps with or without hair loss
  • An upset cat who doesn’t want to move or eat much

Cat bite abscesses can vary quite a lot in there severity. Sometimes all that is needed is to clip and clean the area and administer antibiotics and pain relief. Other cats may potentially need sedating to flush the wound if it is badly infected to remove all the pus before the antibiotics can start working.

If abscesses have been left for long periods the skin over the abscess dies and leaves a hole which needs stitches and drains to be placed, so it is always better to treat quickly rather than waiting to see if they heal up themselves (they very rarely do!)