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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

Patches
Unknown
1 Year
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bald spot

My cat overnight loss a good chunk of fur. I found a lump at the top of fur less area. I took her to the vet, he drained the abscess, gave a shot of antibiotics and sent her home. We have done our best to do as the vet instructed us to make sure the abscess healed properly including having her wear a cone to prevent her licking the area. It’s been a week since the vet visit and everything is looking good. I am just wondering if the fur that fell out will regrow in time?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
Fur does generally grow back but in some cases it doesn’t; when fur does regrow it may take a while to see it come back and it may not be as thick as is previously was. A week is a short period of time since this all began so I would recommend you give it some time, if the fur doesn’t grow back it would be a cosmetic issue and not a medical issue which is the main thing. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Borris
Marble tabby
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Tired

I just discovered a ruptured abcess on my cat. Today I pulled a pus sack out of the wound. Now there is a hole. I do not have money for a vet. I looked at home remedies on youtube. Any advice would be most appreciated.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. The abscess may heal on its own if it is draining. There aren't really any home remedies to fix the hole left by an abscess, just keeping it clean and keeping him inside and healthy, depending on how large the wound is. It may need to be surgically repaired if it is too large to heal on it's own - most clinics offer CareCredit as a form of payment for unexpected expenses - you can look into that as an option for treatment. I hope that Borris is okay.

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sera
tabby
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Open Wound With Pus

My cat had a wound with pus so we took her to the vet. The gave her 10 days of antibiotics. The wound got smaller but didn't close completely. We called the vet and they said it may take time. She was later put on antibiotics again for 2 months this time with 2 different antibiotics. After being off 2 or 3 weeks it is back open again with pus.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
If the wound is not closing and healing there are a few different courses of action including culture and sensitivity testing to find a suitable antibiotic, debriding the wound and closing among others. You should return to your Veterinarian for another examination but I would look into surgical correction if possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trey
White Bengal
Three Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

It appears as though my cat was bitten in the cheek by another cat. After reading about abscess, I am under the impression that I found it after it had burst: hair was already gone around the area, puss was coming out, and there was a slight lump. Not knowing what it was at the time, I cleaned the injury, and have been treating the hole with some antibacterial spray and Neosporin.

It has been almost two weeks now. There is no longer a lump, and no pus to be seen since the time I first cleaned it. Around the hole (which went from a dime in size to the tip of a pencil) however, the skin is a shade darker than the rest. I am wondering if that color is normal, or if it is a sign that there is infection under the skin.

My cat still eats and drinks normally. He does seem a little more lethargic the last few days, but I am not sure if that is a symptom of the abscess or because he has been wearing a cone on his head for so long and is a little depressive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 Recommendations
In any case you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to see if the discolouration of the skin is something to be concerned about or not, it may be an indicator that there is insufficient blood flow to the skin which may also cause a delay in healing; additionally a course of antibiotics may be needed to help complete the healing process if there is a small infection present. Without examining the wound, feeling the skin temperature of the discoloured area and checking for sensitivity I cannot say whether it is alright or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sky
Siamese
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen Lymph Nodes
Lump

My 4 month old Siamese has what appears to be swollen lymph nodes, or a possible lump. She is less playful and sleeping a lot lately the lump has been there for 2 days now. There is NO open wound or redness on the lump it is just there.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
479 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. She is quite young to be developing a tumor, so I would suspect an abscess or swollen lymph nodes, yes. Without seeing her, I can't comment on what the lumps might be, but it would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as that may be an infection, abscess, or signs or a greater systemic disease. I hope that she does well.

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Milo
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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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Thor
American Shorthair
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pussing
swollen

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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Ninja
Siamese
7 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not eating much. Not playful

Medication Used

Amoxicillin

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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Pooshy
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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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Kiki
mixed
4 Years
Fair condition
3 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Bloody
Swelling

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
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1978 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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