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What are Abscess?

Abscesses arise when the body is unsuccessful in fighting off the underlying infection. An abscess usually has a definitive cause, such as poor dental hygiene, trauma, and injury. An abscess may not be life-threatening on its own, but can develop into a severe condition if left untreated.

Abscesses, usually appearing as pus-filled boils, form when the skin or gums become infected. There are two types of abscess in cats, dental and skin abscesses. Dental abscesses form when bacteria invade the root of a damaged or fractured tooth. Skin abscesses usually occur after an injury, most often a bite from another cat.

Symptoms of Abscess in Cats

Abscesses are painful and, if left untreated, can lead to the development of serious and even life-threatening conditions such as immunodeficiency virus and feline leukemia virus (FeLV). Seek immediate veterinary attention as soon as you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Signs of pain, such as pawing at the abscess
  • Loss of hair at the abscess location
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling of the face or gums
  • Red, swollen, or inflamed skin
  • Pus or blood on the skin
  • Excessive itching
  • Bleeding gums
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling
  • Fever
  • Lethargy

Causes of Abscess in Cats

Abscess is generally caused by injury or infection of the gums or skin. Dental abscesses are typically caused by tooth fracture, damage, or decay. Skin abscesses are generally attributed to fighting activity, but may occur as a result of another form of injury. 

Male cats have a higher chance of suffering from abscesses due to their aggressive personalities and tendencies to fight. Indoor cats have a decreased risk of developing abscess compared to outdoor cats for the same reason. Young cats, as well as intact cats and those that have developed abscess in the past, also have a higher risk for forming abscesses.

Diagnosis of Abscess in Cats

Your vet will be able to make a tentative diagnosis following a physical exam based on presentation of symptoms and appearance of boils. Be sure to inform your vet of the extent and duration of your cat’s symptoms, as well as your cat’s outdoor activity and any previous history of abscesses or infection.

The physical examination will usually be sufficient for making a definitive diagnosis. However, your vet may also choose to take a bacterial culture or examine the fluid from the boils using a microscope, particularly if the abscess is difficult to identify. For dental abscesses, your vet may take an x-ray.

Treatment of Abscess in Cats

Treatment will usually involve cleansing or lancing the boil(s) and prescribing an antibiotic regimen. In order to lance the abscesses, your vet will need to sedate your cat and put a drain in place. This is to prevent the wound from closing back up and sealing in the infection.

Antibiotics are usually prescribed to treat the underlying bacterial infection in both skin and dental abscess. Antibiotic treatments for abscess are generally prescribed for three weeks. In some cases, your vet may prescribe pain management medication as well.

For cases of a dental abscess, your vet will resolve the particular issue through root canal, extraction, or saving the affected tooth. They may also recommend dietary changes. Your vet will discuss treatment options for a dental abscess with you based on your cat’s individual needs.

Recovery of Abscess in Cats

Recovery and prognosis will depend on whether or not the abscess has caused a more serious condition. For most cases of abscess, the prognosis is generally good with immediate treatment. Always follow your vet’s post-treatment instructions carefully.

Your cat should begin to improve within a few days of treatment, with complete healing typically observed within two weeks. Do not allow your cat to irritate the drain or the surgery site. An Elizabethan collar may help with this.

If your vet has prescribed antibiotics, it is imperative that you administer the medication for the entire recommended duration of treatment even if the condition starts to improve. Failure to do so could result in aggressive recurrence.

Preventative measures are often advised to avoid future recurrence of abscess. For dental abscess, good dental hygiene is imperative. This involves brushing your cat’s teeth daily, giving them dental treats, and eliminating harmful dental habits such as chewing on hard toys or foods. For skin abscess, it is a good idea to limit your cat’s outdoor activity, particularly if they often engage in fights with other cats.

Your vet will schedule a follow-up appointment within two to five days of treatment in order to remove the drain. However, do not hesitate to contact your vet if the condition does not seem to be improving with treatment, if you notice any swelling around the surgery site, or if the condition recurs.

Abscess Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tom cat
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Medication Used

Triple anitibiotic ointment

My cat had a lump. It popped and had a milky white substance come out. I’ve been treating it with triple Nitibiotoc ointment. No appetite chance or behavior change. Is still very active. Have to keep him from scratching it. If it opens it’s about the size of a dime. I can’t really afford a vet visit. Is he ok?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1679 Recommendations
When abscesses form, normally a topical approach isn’t sufficient to treat the problem and a more systemic approach is required; whilst I understand your financial concerns, not everything can be treated at home with over the counter medications. A visit to your Veterinarian wouldn’t break the bank for an examination and some medication. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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American Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms


My act has an abscess on his neck from where an animal has bit him, either a raccoon or another cat. He was bit around 3 weeks ago and we have been cleaning it with triple antibiotic ointment but, the abscess still has puss coming out of it. It isn't very big, less than the size of a marble. Our cat has had a small lack of energy, but nothing out of the ordinary. Also the hair on and around the wound has fallen off. We would take him to the vet but we are very poor and can barely pay bills and car payments. Is there anything I can do to heal my cat?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1679 Recommendations
Thor requires systemic antibiotics which you would only get on prescription from your Veterinarian; for small wounds and scratches, topical therapy is great but for deeper wounds especially when an abscess forms systemic antibiotics are indicated. I would suggest you try to speak with a nonprofit in your area or a charity clinic to help with assistance for Thor. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating much. Not playful

Medication Used


My Ninja hasn't really been eating much or been very playful. We took him to two different vets with the symptoms but couldn't afford blood work etc. Today I noticed 2 draining abscesses. Now that they are drawing we put him on amoxicillin how long till his appetite should come back? Got the amoxicillin from a friend who ordered it off line for their cats.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1679 Recommendations
I cannot recommend the use of an antibiotic that hasn’t been prescribed by a Veterinarian, we are struggling to keep antibiotic resistance to a minimum without non-prescription use of antibiotics. The abscess may not be related to the loss of appetite and without having more information cannot say whether or not it would be effective. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mixed breed
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat has wound near her breast and it was small but now it has became wide and her inner body is showing. It has became long cut. Plzz tell me what disease is this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1679 Recommendations
If Pooshy has a large wound which is growing in size and is exposing her insides (muscle or viscera) I would suggest visiting your Veterinarian immediately; this is mostly likely an aggressive infection but there is nothing which I can recommend for you to do from home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms


My cat has had a fight and there's a cut on her head which when cleaned, gives off a foul smell and brownish white puss. Her overall mood is fine but whenever I clean it, it fills straight away. It is smaller than a 5p coin.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1679 Recommendations
If you are noticing a foul smelling pus, you should visit your Veterinarian as there is nothing at home I can recommend you use to treat this; a course of antibiotics and a flushing would most likely be required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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