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What is Bacterial Infection?

Because of various exposures and several modes of disease transmissions, your cat can get many bacterial infections. As a responsible pet owner, it is important for you to know some common infections that your cat can easily get. A bacterium is a single cell organism that grows with multiple cell divisions. Harmful bacteria can cause severe illness and infection in cats. If left untreated cats will develop major health complications, just like humans.

Symptoms of Bacterial Infection in Cats

The symptoms and signs of bacterial infections in cats are always infection specific. While a streptococcal infections result in pain and fever, surface bacterial infections can result in inflammation, redness, and discomfort. Here are some common symptoms of bacterial infection in cats.

  • Fever
  • Skin abscesses 
  • Indigestion and lack of appetite
  • Skin lesions and wound infections
  • Coughing and runny nose
  • Red and runny eyes
  • Constant vomiting
  • Multiple infections, including skin, eyes, ears, upper respiratory tract and urinary tract 
  • Skin inflammation and redness
  • Pain and lethargy
  • Lameness
  • Open fractures and pus oozing from the wounds

Types 

There are a number of bacteria that can lead to infections. The most common ones are: 

  • Pyodermas
  • Staphylococcus 
  • Actinomyces
  • Spirochete 
  • Fusobacterium
  • Clostridium

Causes of Bacterial Infection in Cats

There are various types of bacterial infections that can affect your cat and its major organs. Age also determines the propensity of bacterial infection in cats. While young felines have a better immunity against major bacterial infections, the youngest ones are more prone to infections because of the lack of major antibodies. Similarly, old cats with weaker immune systems have a decline in antibodies. This is a major factor that causes bacterial infection affecting the skin, eye, ear, and many other major organs. Some of the major causes and risk factors of bacterial infections in cats are:

  • Age
  • Weakened immune system
  • Poor diet
  • Underlying illness
  • Exposure to other animals that carry the parasites
  • Disease transmission through air, water, food and soil

Diagnosis of Bacterial Infection in Cats

The diagnosis of a cat’s bacterial infection is based on symptoms. 

Health exam: Veterinarians will check your cat’s health through a physical examination and review his medical history and symptoms for initial diagnosis. 

Blood work: If required, they will suggest some blood tests, skin biopsies, sensitivity testing and cultures for your cat, too. These tests are performed to determine the cause of bacterial infections and diagnose the disease. 

Additional tests: It may be necessary to perform some additional tests in order to rule out any other conditions in your cat.

Treatment of Bacterial Infection in Cats

Depending on the type of bacterial infection, its causes, and your cat’s health condition, the veterinarian will decide the treatment option for your cat. The chief aim of bacterial infection treatment is to clear the infection. 

Antibiotics: In most cases of bacterial infections, your cat may need some antibiotic treatments. These prescribed antibiotics should be given to your cat per the veterinarian’s instruction. The antibiotic and dosage is determined based on your pet’s overall health and infection. Sometimes, your veterinarian may put your cat on a long-term antibiotic treatment plan. It is essential to do the entire course and until the symptoms have passed. The infection can return even worse than before if your cat has a small amount of bacterial infection remaining.

Topical Medication: For skin bacterial infection and secondary symptoms, your veterinarian may prescribe some topical drugs and medications. These ointments help to reduce inflammation, skin redness, teary eye and runny nose symptoms and pus formations. Certain shampoos may be prescribed to relieve skin itching and inflammation in case of a major bacterial skin infection. 

Fever and Pain Medication: If your cat has a fever and body pain, his specific treatment plan may include pain relievers and fever medication too. 

Specific Treatment Plans: Specific treatment plans are often prescribed for cats with unusual symptoms while having a bacterial infection. Your veterinarian will decide if your cat requires a specific treatment plan depending on the level of infection he has. In some cases, the veterinarians also perform a minor surgery to anesthetize the cat in order to clean and drain the infectious liquid from a deep bone wound.

Recovery of Bacterial Infection in Cats

Bacterial infections in cats are often long-lasting. Monitoring your cat’s health, conditions, and managing his diet will fasten the process of recovery. If your cat has open wounds, you will have to ensure getting his wound cleaned and dressed regularly. This procedure will speed up the recovering and healing too. Take your cat back for regular follow-up appointments and ensure to follow the treatment and infection management plan diligently for your cat’s effective and speedy recovery. It is also important to create a comfortable space for your cat during the healing process and limit his outdoor time to prevent other infections too.

Bacterial Infection Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Tux
Tuxedo
4 months
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

My cats got neutered and one came back with these symptoms. Almost 2 weeks ago. He's getting back to normal but the other has the same problems now. Only worse. Can I just let it ride out or should they both see a doc?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you have any concerns about your cats post surgery (even for simple procedures like neutering) it is always best to check in with your Veterinarian to be on the safe side. Otherwise keep a close eye on them to see what is happening and note any unusual signs you are seeing; but if in doubt take them in. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My cat ella is not well she has runny eyes and sounding like she cant breath . Also keeps shaking her head

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Mia
Tortoiseshell
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Redness
Flesh
Oder

So my cat has been having this skin infection for about 2 months now. The infection is visible, and you can see her flesh, and it has an odor. We don’t take her to the vet because usually some of the spots would go away after giving her some medicine and the only part of her body that has the infection is her left foot. She no longer puts that much pressure on her left foot but can still stretch her foot. The way we believe she could have gotten this infection was probably started as a cat wound, that later developed into an infection since she’s always fighting with a street cat around here. Her hair is also peeling off, like you can see a “skin” of hair just hanging. If her condition is very serious, we would gladly take her to the vet since she’s family to me, truly like my only sister, so thank you for taking the time and answering my question of What do you think my cat may have?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You didn’t mention which medicine you use for Mia, however any odour from a wound is concerning and if you’re treating her with an over the counter ointment, it may be that Mia requires systemic antibiotic treatment. This is something to visit your Veterinarian about as chronic infections can be difficult to treat especially if treatment is intermittent; also old wounds may not heal properly due to poor wound margins, so this would need to be examined by a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angel
Housecat
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain When Lifted
Inflamation,
Blisters

About 10 days ago my cat got between 2nd and 3rd degree thermal burns on her shoulder, side and lower abdomen. From a boiling pot of hot water fell on her or splashed on her after the pot fell from the stove while the cats were playing in the kitchen. After seeing what happened and tried to dry her off. She hissed at us and wouldnt let us near her without trying to bite or scratch us. So we LEFT HER ALONE. She avoided us for a week. 3 days ago we noticed open wounds on her body. We tried to treat her wounds with WITCH HAZEL and liquid bandage for cats. But now it looks like the wounds are infected. So i bought fishmox ( antibiotics for fish that can be uses for cats, dogs and humans ). How long do i have to give her the fishmox? Do i need to buy pet bandages and wound spray to clean the wound and cover the wound? Also very poor and can not afford a vet. Took another cat to the vet 3 years ago for another problem and used up the cat Medicaid for poor families. So im doing the best i can with what i have. Do you have any advice that would help me heal my cat at home.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for contacting us about Angel. That sounds like a terrible accident, I'm glad that she is healing. IT would be best for her to see her vet, perhaps they have more cat Medicaid available to use, since it has been 3 years? Also, many vet clinics offer a 'free first exam', that you might be able to use. Please call in your area and see, as she really could use medical attention. In the meantime, it would probably best to leave the wounds open and keep them clean. I'm not sure of the strength of the fishmox - amoxicillin is a poor antibiotic for skin, generally, so I'm not sure if it will help, but if it does, I would give it until the wounds are closed, and healed. I hope that she is okay.

My vet gave us amoxicillin for my cats skin infection is there a better option?

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Tina
stray
8 Weeks
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

I have an 8 week old kitten I rescued off the streets and she was diagnosed with round worms and an upper respiratory infection. Her left eye seems to have an infection in it. There is some puss coming out and what looks to be one of her eyelids covering her actual eye and it is red and inflamed. What is the best way to clear up her eye?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some kittens who have upper respiratory infections needs topical eye medications to help with that component of it. She probably needs medication, and it would be best to call your veterinarian, as they have seen her and should be able to prescribe ointment for her eye.

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shadow
domestic short hair
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Cuddly
Limping a bit

Semi-new cat owner here! My little guy is about to turn six months old and loves to be on the counter and fridge. Unfortunately, he used to jump on the stove to get to the counters and fridge. Yesterday he was adamant about getting on the counter to be a part of the action, of course, lol, while I was cooking. The stove/burner had just been turned on and was warm but not scalding hot. Anyway he jumped up on the stove, despite my best efforts to stop him, directly into the pan. As soon as his little feeties touched the pan he hopped out instantly and so I left the pan on the floor and immediatley inspected him. At first he seemed okay, I touched his little paws and his pads and he was okay, not biting or scratching when I was inspecting him. Anyway today when he hopped off the counter after sleeping I noticed his little leg was a little limpy and didnt think much of it because he was fine yesterday. After closer examination in proper lighting my partner and I both noticed that one of his little paw pads was a little cracked and he could walk on it but gingerly. Its a weekend and we dont have much so I called his pet store to see what they would suggest doing as an at home remedy before taking him to the vet. They told me to put his little paw in warm salty water and then rub coconut oil on the burn so we have done that and already have noticed a difference that his paw looks much better so we will keep up with this but I was just wondering what to look out for if he develops an infection because then I will obviously take him to the vet. You can thankfully still touch his paw without him being too bothered it is just when he is putting pressure on it. He is still playful and still eating/drinking/using the bathroom! I just feel like a bad mom and worry/dont want him to die from touching a warm stove I would say his injury is a minor/barely first-degree ​burn. Thanks for your help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Poor little curious Shadow! Without examining him, I can't say for sure if he is okay, but if he continues to be bright and happy and uses his foot more every day, he should be okay. If you notice that he is holding it up, or that there is any kind of discharge, he should probably have a checkup with his veterinarian. I hope that he is okay, and maybe learns from this experience!

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Busu
mixed
10 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Less apetite
Fever

Went to spay my cat on Wednesday and I brought him home. He wasn't that bad and Thursday wasn't either but Friday he stopped eating and everything. Saturday 2 am in the morning took him to vet and gave him antibiotics. The wound is very swollen and now it turned very reddish/purple. I dunno what can I make more almost going everyday to the vet. I'm afraid he won't make it

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. I'm sorry that Busu is having these problems. Without seeing him or the wound, I have a hard time commenting on what more might be done for him - it would be best to ask your veterinarian what more can be done and how they feel about his prognosis so that you have a better idea. I hope that he is okay.

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Ava
domestic short hair
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargy

Medication Used

metronidazole

My cat was throwing up, had a fever, and had diarrhea when I came home from work. I took her to the dr and the dr did blood work. The blood work came back fine, but her stool sample showed she had bacteria in it. I was given some antibiotics for her, and have been giving it to her twice a day. She is no longer running a fever, but it’s been two and a half days now and she isn’t feeling any better. She’s drinking water some but she isn’t eating. How long does it take for these infections to clear up? I’m just worried about her not eating or recovering.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If there is a gastrointestinal infection, it may take a few days (four or five days) for you to start seeing some improvement; it is important during this time that you ensure that Ava remains hydrated. Complete the course of antibiotics prescribed by your Veterinarian and see how Ava is afterwards. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rayya
Cat
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Vomit
Drooling
Lost weight
Oily
Lost of appitite
Diarrhea
Lethargic

My kitten has been throwing up the past three days and have diarrhea the past two weeks. I took her into the vet and the vet said not to worry but she is still vomiting and having green diarrhea. She isn’t eating and is throwing up water and little bits of gravy she ate.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for green diarrhoea in cats which may include parasites (Coccidia), infections, fast transit of stool among other causes; a faecal floatation test should be carried out to determine whether there are any parasites present in the faecal sample and to treat accordingly. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zoe
Singapura
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing

I got my cat from a breeder and the kitten seemed healthy when I got her but a month later she developed sinus issues and coughs. My vet says she has chronic sinusitis. I am wondering if this is something that she could have gotten at the cattery or if there is something in my house causing the issues, perhaps even choice of food? Should I try different foods, cleaning agents, even laundry detergent? We live in an older home and the breeder came over to the house and said with her asthma she felt that there may be mold in the house as she was bothered. My vet says it is too hard to tell what the cause is. Should I just give her the asthma treatment or try figuring this out.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Asthma and sinusitis are two separate things, so I'm not sure if Zoe has one, or both, or is suffering from an upper respiratory viral infection? It may be due to an infection that she came into contact with at the cattery, or she may be having allergies to something in your house. It would probably be a good idea to treat her with the medications that your veterinarian prescribed and see if things resolve for her. This may not be an ongoing problem, and treating what she has going on now is a good first step. I hope that everything goes well for her.

My 3 year old male mediumhair, domestic cat is sick I'm so Worried he's non stop sneezing and runny nose & he's got gunk stuff in his eyes also breathing has recently changed !!
I googled some things to try help him going by his symptoms I looked up I'm scared I have a crazy bf who takes most my money 😢 Is there a place I can go to that can help my situation (payment plans) I have a good income bank statement ?
Just the bf is taking a lot of it
Plz helpppp

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Luna
Female cat
4 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My cat has ascities,elevated white cells 49,000, and bacteria found in her paratanieal fluid. She is on Amoxicillin. Today is day 2. She is not much better at all. I have spent hundreds of dollars on tests I maybe didn’t need like leukemia and fib labs after seeing an elevated white nl cmp and no Amiens. What is truly the best thing I can do for her now. Is it worth spending a lot more money, of which I am sure the vet would have me do. Or is there any one diagnostic study left I could do ?before putting my baby to sleep if it comes to that? I am just out of funds.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Day two of any treatment is still early days and you should give another few days (three or so) before throwing in the towel; I understand that tests can be expensive but it can be difficult to narrow in on a diagnosis, any diagnostic test which is recommended is based on the findings of your Veterinarian during a physical examination or the results of a previous test. There are different causes of ascites in cats, but you should give the current treatment chance to work. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Athena
Tortoiseshell
2 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Her gums are very swollen and bleed

Does my cat have a bacterial infection? She will not eat hard food, her breath smells horrible, she sometimes drools, her tongue sticks out all the time, and she rarely drinks water. We know something is wrong with her, but can not determine what it is. How much would it cost for medicine and what do you think it is?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Athena sounds like she has a problem with her mouth, and cats can have infections or immune conditions that affect their mouth and teeth. Since I cannot see her, I can't say for sure what might be happening, or what the cost of medications may be. It would be best to have her seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to look at her mouth, see what might be happening, and can let you know any treatment that she may need, and the cost.

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Sandy
Cat
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hiding
Weight Loss
Vomiting
Hair Loss

Hi, my cat is about 10 years old and has always had problems with throwing up in the past (2012-2016). However, it was rare and only when we tried to switch up her diet. Now, and starting around late 2017, she's started to lose weight and vomit more often. At first we thought it was because she can't handle dry food (whenever she eats dry food,she vomits within 30 mintutes), but now that we have her on a scheduled wet food diet she still throws up randomly throughout the day. I'm thinking it's a bacterial infection, but thought i should ask first. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vomiting is a vague symptom which is shared with hundreds of different conditions, a thorough examination is required by your Veterinarian to help determine an underlying cause; parasites, infections, foreign objects, liver disease, strictures, food intolerance among other issues may cause vomiting and loss of appetite. Without examining Sandy I couldn’t say what the specific cause is, try to feed a restricted ingredient diet in small frequent meals to see if that helps; you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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????
Bombay Cat
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

itchyness, swelling, lumps
itchyness swelling lumps

so my neighbor has a cat that they do not care for at all and he has like and infection of some sort he has bald spots and opened wounds his face looks a bit swollen and looks like he is in a lot of pain how do i cure him ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If the cat is in this state, he would require a course of antibiotics and for the wounds to be bathed regularly (twice a day at least) with a dilute antiseptic; any large wounds with poor margins (edges of the wounds) may need to be surgically debrided to make a healthy margin for healing. Without examining this cat, I cannot recommend any specific prescription medication as we don’t have a Doctor-patient relationship. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My 3 year old cat has been sneezing a lot the last couple days and he has a runny nose and his breathing isn't normal what do
My bf takes most my money do you do payment plans I have a good bank history please help my boy means everything to me I'll be lost without him
He's starting to scare me :(

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Sushi
Siamese
1 Year
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Warm ears and bell
Warm ears and belly
Redness
Discharge

Hello! I don't know what to do. My cat Sushi, whom was just recently spayed about a week ago, looks like she is developing an incision infection. Her ears and under belly(including her under arms) get hot. She still plays, eats,sleeps , & uses the litter box. However, I'm not sure if she's hurting inside based off those symptoms. I'm debating weather to go to a clinic to get her check out or just keep an eye on her. I don't have the money to take her nor do I have the patience to watch her wound possible get worse. There seems to be redness around a small opening about the size of exactly if not smaller than a pencil eraser top. I don't know if it's the surgical glue they used or discharge that's surrounding the incision. Please help.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you have any doubts or concerns about Sushi and her surgical incision, you should have it examined; the Veterinarian who did the spay (may not charge for a follow up) or a charity clinic would be your best options (just Google charity clinics around your zip code). Without examining Sushi, I cannot say whether you should be concerned or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fabio
Mediumhair , domestic
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

sneezing ,runny nose ,bad breathing
non stop sneezing runny nose

Medication Used

non

My 3 year old cat has been sneezing a lot the last couple days and he has a runny nose and his breathing isn't normal what to do!! My bf takes most my money do you do payment plans I have a good bank history please help my boy means everything to me I'll be lost without him He's starting to scare me :(

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If Fabio is having any problems breathing, it would be best to have him seen by a veterinarian, as he may need treatment. Some veterinarians will offer a 'free first exam' that you can use to have him examined, and you can find out what sort of costs might be involved for any treatment. I hope that he is okay.

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joker
Norwegian Forest
6 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

foam coming out of her mouth that smells
really stiff
can't eat
can't walk

my cat can't move she is stiff as a board she can't open her mouth to eat she was walking a day ago but then fell over she could move her paws and stuff but now she can't move at all she can barely meow, my mom found her laying in her own pee when that's when we got concerend. we got her to drink a little we have no money to take her to the vet should I do ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are various different conditions which may be affecting Joker, but without an examination and blood tests I cannot say what the specific cause is; poisoning, kidney failure, liver failure among other conditions may cause these symptoms. If money is a concern, there are charity clinics (you’ll need to Google one in your area) and other nonprofits (see link below) which may be able to help with veterinary care. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Fritz
Short hair tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

dandruff
Lethargy
Shaking

My cat has been sleeping more than usual and yesterday he was shivering almost like tremors, he is still eating drinking and going to the bathroom ok amd still plays with our other cat he just seems to be different and the shaking is really freaking us out, we have no idea what is wrong with him?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Fritz should probably have a veterinary exam. Causes for those types of tremors might be pain, infection, fever, or infectious disease. Your veterinarian will be able to look at him, determine what might be going on, and recommend any necessary testing or treatments. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Sallie
American Shorthair
5 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleepiness
snifling
Sneezing

I was recently diagnosed (2 days ago) with strep throat. I am worried that I may have transferred it to my cat or she gave it to me.... I am always cuddling and kissing her. (I'm not doing this now that I know I have Strep) She was sniffling, sneezing, making weird nasal noises, and sleeping a lot for several weeks. I thought she had a mild cold and the winter blues. However, she still eats (a lot), begs for treats, and is playful when she is awake. She stopped the sniffling and sneezing. She seems better now. I am very sick now. Could she have strep throat? Did she give it to me? How could I avoid transferring any illness back to her?

Sincerely,
Dawn (Worried Cat Mom)

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Throat infections, and Staph infections other than MRSA, are not typcally transmitted between cats and people. Staphylococcus is an opportune bacteria, and with a strong immune system, lives harmoiously within the systems of mammals. If she does not continue to do well, she should be seen by your veterinarian, but she sounds like she is feeling okay. i hope you both recover well.

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Kankoun
Ragamuffin
3 Years
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sneezing ,runny nose

My cat has runny nose with clear discharge and sneezing since the last three weeks.

He plays and eat as normal.


He is vaccinated
Should I be concerned ?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Cats will sometimes have viral diseases that cause them to sneeze and have a discharge. Kankoun may also be reacting to a dusty environment, or may have something in his nose that is irritating him. If he is eating and acting normally otherwise, and there isn't any blood in the discharge, you should be fine to continue to monitor him, and humidifying his environment may help. If it doesn't resolve, or he stops eating or the discharge stops being clear, then he should be seen by a veterinarian.

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Tiggs
Orange tabby
2 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Loss weight

In the last 2 weeks I notice my cat loss weight and decrease of appetite. He seems not himself at all , very depressed and laying in weird areas around my house.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of appetite, loss of weight and lethargy are unfortunately vague symptoms which are common with hundreds of different conditions; you would need to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to determine the underlying cause of the symptoms. At home you can check the mouth to look for issues with the teeth or any oral injuries; also ensure food is fresh and Tiggs is being kept hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max Shaikh
Persian
7 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion & wound

I see a skin with no hair & wet wound no blood on skin but some on the hair near the wound.. it seems like a boil but m not sure what is it... i have just noticed it... i will be visiting vet in the morning however i want to know is he feeling any pain or anything discomforting?? He is behaving very normal

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is bound to be some level of discomfort being felt by Max; however until you visit your Veterinarian you should bathe the area with a dilute antiseptic and you can also apply a thin layer of Neosporin as well if you have some. However, an examination by your Veterinarian if important as Max may require antibiotics or other medications to help. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pancakes
Mixed breed
10 Years
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Possible fever
Tired

Hi my cat recently had a tooth extraction surgery to remove a rotten tooth and caused and abscess to form. After the two weeks post op, I took him to get his staples removed and the doctor told me to keep compressing a warm towel to drain any remaining liquid or pus that was left. I kept doing that for a couple of days and noticed that his scars would scab up in the morning which is natural but now his scar healed up with no way of draining it. How can I drain it without seeing a vet again as I’m pretty much money tight after this vet bill?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Pancakes, I'm not sure that I can advise you on how best to treat this. If the drainage was mostly finished, the warm compresses may be enough to continue healing. If the abscess starts to build up again, he really does need to be seen again to have the wound evaluated. I hope that all goes well for him and that he continues to heal.

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Mana
Tuxedo
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Fever
Sneezing
Coughing

My cat is indoors as well outdoor cats. I just vaccine him of anti rabies but he got in fight with a an animal and go a huge bite on neck. Due to that he got a infection and puss on is neck which cause him fever sometimes and lead him to have diarrhea. He also sneeze and cough. Many people suggest to get a new breeded cat and not get him as he is not fully pet and he is sick but i want this cat. My vet did give his medicine to put on but last night he didn't came home and when today he did he got puss again on his bite. I am very worried and i just don't want anything happen to him and i don't want to get rid of him. Please advice
(I don't want a breeded cat and he is half stray as well do come indoors)

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When Mana comes indoors you shouldn’t let him out until his wound is healed; you should bathe the wound with a dilute antiseptic and use a warm compress to loosen any pus or other discharge. Your Veterinarian should have given some antibiotics for the bite and these should be given as indicated by your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Midnight
Domestic shorthair
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Fever, lethargic

Several days ago, I noticed my cat was not acting like herself. She will eat and drink water, but she doesn’t play with any of her toys. She sleeps for most of the day. I took my cat to the vet yesterday, and she was given convernia plus an anti inflammatory medication. When should I begin to see an improvement in my cats health?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think the time frame for you to see an improvement in her health depends on what she was diagnosed with, and I'm not sure of what your veterinarian saw when they examined her. Since I don't know what's wrong with her, it would be best to contact your veterinarian and ask what the expected improvement should be for her. They'll be able to tell you whether she is recovering normally. I hope that she is okay.

When I took her to the vet, I was told she has an infection on unknown origin. She was given an convernia injection.

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Shimi
domesticated short hair
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Vomiting
lack of appetite

I had my cat’s blood examined. The result is leucocytosis lymphocytosis monocytosis granulocytosis
Anemia microcytosis anisocytosis
Thrombopenia macro platelet. What does it mean?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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From the lab work that you have listed, Shimi is anemic, has an increased inflammatory cell count and a low platelet count. Without being able to see him, I cannot comment on what might be going on, or the level of increases or decreases, but it would be best to trust your veterinarian to interpret that lab work and recommend any necessary treatment for him. I hope that he is okay.

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Princess
Domestic shorthair
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Bumps
pus
Scabs
Bleeding
FIV
lack of appetite
Hair Loss

I have a 5 year old female cat who is FIV positive. She has developed red bumps/crusty scabs on the top of her head, neck, and under her chin. I've taken her to her vet who treated her for ear mites and said that this would clear up. They basically dismissed the bumps. They have gotten worse. Some are bleeding slightly, and one has a small amount of pus coming out. I am concerned that this may be a type of follicultis. I have been reading that it's common in cats with fiv, but that also there isn't a long term cure for it. Since antibiotics and steroids can suppress the immune system, fiv cats are already at a bad starting point with that. I am contemplating whether or not this is worth exploring a treatment for, or if this should be considered a reason for euthanasia.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cats with FIV are prone to a variety of different dermatological conditions, some of which can be difficult to manage or control due to the FIV; your Veterinarian will be able to guide you better than me, if you need a second opinion it would be better to visit another Veterinarian to get another point of view. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
tabby
7 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Swollen, running eye

Best "over the counter" antibiotics for a wound on my cat's head that became infected. It drained for a few days (puss) The wound is now scabbed over, but he still has a decent sized (semi-hard) lump over eye... just to the side of wound. He's still acting pretty much normal

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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For something like this you should really get some systemic antibiotics for Buddy as topical antibiotics would be ineffective; not everything is able to be dealt with over the counter. If there has been a lot of pus discharged you should visit your Veterinarian for systemic treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rita
Orange tabby
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping, not eating, not drinking,

Hello. A few weeks ago we noticed our cat had lost quite a bit of weight and was puking all the time. We took her to the vet and they diagnosed her with a bacterial infection and gave her a shot that they said would last 14 days and clear the infection. She started to eat and drink and seemed like she was doing better. Now she is always sleeping under the bed or on the kitchen floor. She's not eating or drinking and never tries to get on the couch or bed anymore. We took the vets recommendation that they originally said to try if she didn't eat - mashing up wet food with water and giving to her in a syringe. Is the infection back? It seems like she's just given up and her weight has drastically dropped again.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It seems that there may be more going on with Rita than just a bacterial infection. If she hasn't had lab work done, that may be a good idea, as she is not a kitten anymore, and may have a more serious systemic problem. If the infection is cleared up, your veterinarian may be able to figure out what the underlying cause was. It would be a good idea to have a recheck and have her re-evaluated, since she is not improving. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Cormish
Maine Coon
11 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Tender
Swelling
pus

Hi there, about a week ago I noticed a cut on my cats back that was spitting quite a bit of pus. I flushed it for about half an hour until it appeared to stop. After that it seemed to scab up and everything was fine for another week. Now it's swollen and he cries whenever we try to touch it. We've been treating it with warm compresses. He's been eating, sleeping, hunting, doing everything he normally does. He's not running a fever. He seems totally fine mentally. I really can't afford to take him to the vet if I can avoid it. Do you think this wound will run it's course, or is it infected with very little symptoms?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It does sound infected and I would recommend you visiting a Veterinarian earlier rather than later because a bad infection can get a lot more expensive very quickly if not managed properly and may be better financially to get it seen now than trying to ride it out only to be in a worse position. You should try to find a charity clinic in your area to examine Cormish. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Humaira
Indian
Five Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My kitten doesn't eat properly so we take her to vet and they inject vaccination in her legs &suggest some syrup called sucralpet and immunol now my kitten seems so tired and dizzy she cant able stand or walk!
Im feeling worried about her😔

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Humaira, I have a hard time commenting on what might be going on with her, but if she was recently seen by your veterinarian and given an injection, it would be a good idea to follow up with them, let them know that she is weak and not doing well, and see what they suggest as far as treatment. In the meantime, give the syrup as directed, as that will keep her blood sugar up.

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Handsome jack
tabby
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Low energy not eager to eat

Handsome Jack is behaving sluggish and is not squirming out my arms as usual I am worried that I gave him questionable food. B/c I have a bacteria infection of my own.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Handsome Jack, I'm not sure if he has a fever, or what else may be going on with him. If he is not eating and seems quiet, it would be a good idea to have him examined by a veterinarian, as they can look at him, determine what might be going on, take his vitals, and recommend any treatments that he may need. I hope that all goes well for him.

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Greta
Scottish Fold
6 Days
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Scratching ears/ shaking head

Medication Used

tresaderm didn’t work for bacteria

Hi dr we did a 7 day treatment of tresaderm for a stage 1 ear yeast infection in my 6 year old Scottish Fold cat and although the yeast seems to have been cleared up there is bacteria now. I have a new vet and she took samples to have a cultures made so that the best antibiotic can be used now. She said not to use Zymox plus (she wasn’t familiar with it) because she didn’t want that to potentially increase the infection. She looked at the ingredients and wasn’t confident that it would help until we have the results back from the lab and could potentially make the infection worse. I’m so unsure what to do here as the lab results will take 5 days and meanwhile my cat is shaking her head and scratching them more. I’m worried waiting 5 more days with zero treatment may jeopardize her eardrums. What are your thoughts? I’m just beside myself as this was all the previous vets fault by letting the tech wash her ears which i never requested. Or approved.
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Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many common medications that can be used while you are waiting for the results from the culture, including the Tresaderm that she was on, as often just the act of applying the treating ointment can help soothe sore ears. Zymox is a widely used medication for ear infections, as are many other products. It would be worth talking to your veterinarian, letting them know that Greta is very uncomfortable, and see if there isn't something that you can use while waiting, even if you find out later that it wasn't exactly the perfect medication. I hope that all goes well for her.

Thank you Dr King. I put a email
To the vet center asking about This and will follow up tomorrow with a call. I’m hoping she will be ok with me using the Zymox plus to just give her more comfort in the internim. I may go rougue and give to her on my own as it’s hard for me to trust the vet center where the other two vets did a poor job of dealing with this issues that was caused by their vet tech that they didn’t monitor. :(

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Jenner
British Shorthair
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

not eating, conjunctivitis

My cat stopped eating four days ago is drinking water and liquids like gravy but no solids. He has FCV for last six years and has always received antibiotics when he wasn't well. One year ago he stopped eating and was given respiratory specific antibiotics and appetite stimulant and began eating next day and no problems since until now. The new vet said antibiotics won't work against a virus and has kept him in overnight to give him fluids but no antibiotics,.three days have passed and although he's getting fluids he's still not eating and looks more unwell. vet says its imperative he builds his own white blood cells and refuses antibiotics, i am worried now as he's never been without them when he's become ill.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without knowing more about Jenner and his history, I'm not sure that antibiotics are appropriate or not, but you have a couple of choices - you can trust your veterinarian and ask for more details on the plan for Jenner, or you can seek a second opinion based on his history. Sometimes with viral diseases, we do provide antibiotics as a protective measure against bacterial invaders, and they do not affect building up of white blood cell levels. I hope that he is okay.

My vet said there is no infections that he can see so thats the reason he isn't giving any antibiotics but my cat still isn't eating just drinking and licking gravy, he did blood test and it came back FIV but my cat has never been ill before except for one year ago and has always been a house cat until last year. I'm very confused about all of this but vet said that he can put him down or insert a feeding tube in hope he'll eventually eat , should i now put him down?

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Mami
Calico
10 Days
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Weight loss, not eating

I have a ten year old female long haired calico cat. Not been eating for 2 weeks. Drinks water at times. Seems to swallow at times or gulp like something in throat. Labs at vet normal.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A loss of appetite is quite a vague symptom and may be caused by many different conditions including infections, parasites, poisoning, medication side effects, foreign objects, other obstructions, hormonal conditions, tumours, dental disorders among many other conditions. Without examining Mami I couldn’t start to narrow in on a possible underlying cause; you should consider visiting another Veterinarian for a second opinion or having an x-ray done to look for any issues internally. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Trina
mixed
5 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Rash

I think my cat might have a bacterial infection. She has these dry redish to brown things on her skin. I can't actually take her to the vet due to money reasons. There not hurting her as I can rub the things off she doesn't try to move away or complain about it. When I remove the darling brown like stuff her normal skin color shows but the redish ones her skin is pinkish red where it was. It's around her neck and the base of her tail.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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There are many reasons for skin disease in cats, including fungal, bacterial, parasitic, allergic or nutritional problems. Without seeing Trina, I can't determine what might be going on with her, and if the skin lesions aren't getting better, she would benefit from seeing a veterinarian. Many clinics do offer free or discounted first exams, and there may be a low cost clinic in your area so that you can have her seen.

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Mayu
domestic short hair
2 Years
Fair condition
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Has Symptoms

Blood In Urine

My cat Mayu first showed signs of an infection in early April with blood in her urine. I had a urinalysis done and it came up with a bacterial infection, so the vet prescribed Clavamox for ten days. She appeared to be getting better (little to no blood in urine, bigger litter clumps of urine) but then halfway through the prescription she had blood in the urine again. By the end of the prescription, she still had blood in her urine. Went back to the vet, urinalysis came up with "raging bacterial infection" as the vet put it, and then she was prescribed Zeniquin for ten days. Basically the same thing happened, where the Zeniquin appeared to work for awhile, but then she had some lapses, and since then she has been going a couple days without blood in urine, then a couple days with it, with varying amounts of blood (for awhile it seemed completely gone, for a few days, but upon closer inspection may have subtly remained).

So now I'm at a point where my cat seems completely fine (chipper, playful, eating and drinking) aside from the fact of peeing with blood in urine on occasion. The vet had said that if this didn't work, they would do a bacterial culture. While I would think that that should work, I've lost a lot of trust in this vet because we've gone through 2 urinalyses and 2 prescriptions of anti-biotics, with some 3 day Onsior prescriptions as well that didn't seem to do much. So some odd $415ish dollars later and no results.

I really don't want to spend another $300 (the urinalysis is 75 each time, I think the culture would cost 200-250, then I would have to pay for the antibiotic) so I'm wondering if it's possible that my cat could overcome the remnants of the infection on her own, or if doing nothing for too long could be life threatening. Do you also think that my vet(s) honestly thought that Clavamox or Zeniquin would work with a 10 day prescription? I'm just wondering if any of this has been a ploy to make money off of me (purposeful inadequate prescribing to prolong infection).

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Both Clavamox (amoxicillin/clavulanic acid) and Zeniquin (marbofloxacin) are antibiotics from different classes of antibiotics which are commonly used to treat urinary tract infections among other antibiotics; both are starter antibiotics as they normally resolve the infection and prevent us from needed to use more powerful antibiotics when not necessary (we have a big problem with antibiotic resistance and prescribing stronger antibiotics when not required is irresponsible). The link below is to an article and a table which covers antibiotics used in the treatment of urinary tract infections for your reference. If antibiotic treatment has been unsuccessful, it is normal practice to have a culture and sensitivity test performed to identify the bacteria and the antibiotic it is susceptible to. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.msdvetmanual.com/pharmacology/systemic-pharmacotherapeutics-of-the-urinary-system/bacterial-urinary-tract-infections#v4696851

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jenner
British Shorthair
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Not Eating
not eating laboured breathing

Medication Used

none

Thanks for reply ..ok I won't get the confirmation test done, if Rabies doesn't interfere with Elisa test. No they say his body is breaking down but he looks more healthy this week with the feeding tube, than last week. They haven't given any specific as to what exactly is breaking down but his eye infection ulcer cleared up wit, but they still say they have to put him down, so I'm none the wiser as to whats actually happening

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that Jenner is continuing to have problems - I hope that they are able to figure out what is happening with him and treat him. You are always okay to ask more questions, and if they know the answers, they will tell you. Sometimes we don't know all the answers, but we can treat symptomatically.

Please help me, now I'm so very sick since lastweek, the house of my client we have cats, just oneweek I clean there house then I start itching, for my nose then that time I take anti tistamine medicene but still not good, after that it will become worst I have fever last week at monday then I can't breath at night until Wednesday I have strong fever at morning and I can't great to much and my nose its hurting also my throut its hurting also and to much coughing, then night I go hospital, they talk everything for the doctor, then they give medicine to me, they said I have allergy brongcolitis and others, they give Medicine antibiotics and other medicine, yesterday I done in take the antibiotics but I have still fever and I feel dizzy what I will do her, please help me please..

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Jenner
british
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

laboured breathing not eating
Laboured breathing

Medication Used

none

My cat received a rabies injection 8 months ago, could this show up as false positive on ELISA test? Vet said his body was shutting down, nothing specific just his body was breaking down due to FIV, should i get the confirmatory test done?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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FIV can cause a number of problems with the immune system, and a Rabies vaccine would not cause a positive FIV test. There is no vaccine for FIV, unfortunately. I'm sorry that Jenner is having this happen to him, but sometimes all tht we can do for cats with FIV is treat the signs that they have. I hope that he is okay.

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Nora
Domestic longhair
8 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Conjunctivitis
Lethargy
Running Nose
Sneezing

I just adopted a 7 week old kitten from the shelter 5 days ago. I noticed she was sneezing an unusual amount and her eye was swollen to where you could see her third eyelid and it had a lot of crust to where it was swollen shut. She is eating and drinking water fine, using the liter ​box fine and solid poop. I took her to the vet yesterday and they said she had a fever and it was most likely a bacterial upper respiratory infection, they gave her amoxicillin to take once every 12 hours. Today she is so tired and eating some but looks just so pitiful. I was wondering how long it takes for the amoxicilin ​​to start working and what signs I can look for to know if it is working or not?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It will take a few days for the antibiotics to kick in and for you to start seeing improvement, generally I would say give it five days to see improvement but may be sooner. You’ll see with time a reduction in symptoms and an overall improvement in breathing and less discharge. If you don’t see any improvement over the next week, visit your Veterinarian for another examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beck and gypsy
tabby
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling

Medication Used

Nome

I have 2 cats drooling extremely bad and I don't know why. 1 started about a week ago and now the other. The first cat to do it is indoor only and second is indoor outdoor. Please advise

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many different causes for drooling in cats which may include infections; however other causes may include poisoning, trauma, dental disorders, autoimmune disease among other causes. Without examining Beck or Gypsy I cannot say what the specific cause is; rinse out both of their mouths and check inside for any dental issues or trauma, if the issue continues you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jiji
short hair
13 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Drooling
Eats Less
Tongue sticks out

Medication Used

Azithromycyn
Amoxycilin, Clindamycin
Amoxycilin,

My 13 year old, short hair female cat was diagnosed with stomatatis. The inflammation is under the tongue and down the throat, causing her tongue to stick out a little and some drooling. She also eats less and lost weight. The inflammation seems to progress when not treated.

The veterinary try treating it with one week of Amoxycilin. The cat seemed cured, symptoms disappeared and gained weight, but the problem returned with same exact symptoms after a couple of weeks. So she tried one week Clindamycin followed by another week with Amoxycilin, but no much effect. Then we went to another vet who recommended Azithromycin for 21 days. It worked a little in the beginning of the treatment, but it also did not cure it and the issue returned. Is there anything else we should try?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If a bacterial infection is suspected, a culture and sensitivity test should be done to determine which infection is present and to determine the most suitable antibiotic which the infection is susceptible to. It isn’t good practice to just keep throwing different antibiotics at an infection in cases like this. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Catness
Domestic med hair
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Pale nose, no appetite, no energy

Hi,
My cat has a pale nose and lost her appetite and energy. I took her to the vet who did a geriatric blood test and urinalysis because she is 5 years old. It revealed borderline low red blood cells. Her hemotocrite is good. She shows high white blood cells and high BAND count. Other than that she only showed slight dehydration.
Vet prescribed Covenia injection and Sub Q fluids. Her appetite is better and a little more energy.
Her only health history is 2 episodes of gastritis that vet said was food related. Both times I had given her cat treats or poor quality food , for example Temptation and animal-by-products. Both times she had diarrhea and once with blood. It cleared up when I stopped giving her the particular food that had been introduced. Ever since she was young she objected to being picked up or touched near her abdominal area. She is otherwise a friendly cat who always greets us at the door and follows us around. She will growl and hiss if any other cat gets near her.
As of today (4 days after injection of antibiotic) she still has a pale nose. Where could her infection be?

Thank you,
Lisa

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say where specifically the infection may be, however the blood count does point towards and infection; if you have already noticed an improvement, you should continue to monitor Catness for the time being and remember that it may take some time for the red blood cells to start to regenerate as erythropoiesis takes longer than four days. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jasper
stray
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Brown markings and balding

My cat is a black cat so seeing balding on him is really easy, while giving him a flea bath I found a new bald spot forming above his eye and upon closer inspection there were brown markings there. Using a moistened rag I tried to gently clean off the are but nothing came off on the rag. While I do plan on taking him to the vet, I was wondering if anyone could give me a hypothesis as to what the spot may be.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The hair between the eyes and the ears is generally thinner than the rest of the body since that is the location of the scent glands; the brown spots may be due to skin pigmentation, sun exposure among other causes. If the spots are not raised or causing any irritation I would keep an eye on them and visit your Veterinarian when you get the chance. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ash
mixed
12 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss
Vomiting
lack of appetite

I noticed that my cat would vomit once most every night but thought nothing of it because he remained active and always running to food. After a couple weeks of this I decided to take him to the vet. They did an X-ray on him and determined he was constipated and gave him an enema. He continued to throw up once a night. We brought him back in and they took a blood test and also performed a barium x ray to check for obstructions which came back clean. The blood test came back and showed that he had an infection but the rest of tests came back good as far as organ functions. The vet gave him an antibiotic injection that was supposed to last up to 10 days. Within two days he seemed to be getting better but on the third day started vomiting again. Till this point his energy still seemed fine but he seemed to be eating less and less every day. Our vet gave us some anti nausea pills and an oral laxative as well as some pills to help with appetite. Since that time in the last 5 days he vomits more frequently and barely eats and hides more often than not and his energy level is way down. Our vet is not sure what to do next, any suggestions?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ash myself it is very difficult to say what the cause would be, normally most causes for these symptoms would be identified on blood tests or x-rays; you may want to review the diet and think about an easily digestible diet to see if there is any improvement in symptoms. However, if there is still no improvement you may want to consult with a Specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Awilix
Black cat
1 Month
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Runny Stool

I have a kitten who is very young. I'm not sure exactly how old she is, maybe a month and a half. She eats fine, and drinks fine. She walks around the house meowing, but not excessively. She stops eventually. She sleeps fine. But her stool is runny. Would switching my kitten from wet to dry food fix this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Switching her to dry food may help, if she is old enough to eat dry food. Kittens are also commonly affected by parasites, and having a fecal sample analyzed by a veterinarian may help so that any parasites can be treated, as well.

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Jacob
Dish
7 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No drinking very little eating

My cat got blood work and was told a urinary infection. Does not eat much and initially dehydrated before vet. Sleeps all the time and was given a five day antiobiotic shot that began Tuesday afternoon. Glucose level was 303 after not eating for a few days. I do not see the cat drink and wonder if it just takes time or if I need to bring back to vet. This began suddenly Sunday and Monday had crust around eyes with discharge. Mostly indoor cat.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Some cats drink more than others, but if she was dehydrated when examined by your Veterinarian she may need encouragement to drink and may require fluids if she isn’t drinking at all. I would get her checked again by your Veterinarian to determine her hydration level and get her fluids if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Chloe
Short-haired
3 Months
Moderate condition
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Has Symptoms

No appetite
Weaknes
Lethargy
Warm
Large Soft Bump

Chloe just got spayed a week ago. She has now lost all her appetite, is very lethargic, and will only drink. She has a soft bump near/around the incision site, puss-like. The vet did not send home any antibiotics after surgery. We had 2 boy kittens get neutered at the same time Chloe got spayed and they are acting normal.
Are there any antibiotics that we can give Chloe at home?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are no antibiotics which I can recommend to give at home or available over the counter, it would be irresponsible for a Veterinarian to recommend antibiotics without an examination first; also we don’t know if your Veterinarian administered an injectable long term antibiotic on discharge or not. You should return to your Veterinarian for follow up. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Zola
DOMESTIC
Three Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

various

Hello! My cat, Zola, has an appointment in the morning at 8:30a but I am anxious to know what is wrong with her. Zola is a healthy cat but within the last couple weeks I've noticed that she has some cat acne on her chin. I've started cleaning her bowls in between feedings. Just last night I noticed that she has yellow crusted scabs on her ears. Inside and out. She also seems to be running a fever. Side note: I am not a bad cat parent, but I did change her food. Could she be having an allergic reaction? Is this something that could spread to our other cats? All 4 of our cats are indoor only cats. We think it is strange that she is suddenly sick. Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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A little acne on the chin may be caused by irritation from being scratched from the bottom of a plastic food bowl, sometimes plastic food bowls get small scratches on the bottom which scratch the skin of the chin which may cause acne and small skin infections to develop; the yellow scabs on the ears be due to mites (Notoedric mange) or another causes, without an examination I cannot say for certain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tom Cruise
Unknown
5 Years
Mild condition
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Has Symptoms

Mouth sore

Hello! My cat is maybe 5-6 years old, and he has a small sore on his bottom lip on the right side. He’s never had anything like this before in the year since I adopted him. It doesn’t seem to be bothering him, as he’s still eating and grooming. He’s an indoor cat, and my roommate has another indoor cat and a dog. Should I be worried? Is it something that might clear up on its own?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for a sore/ulcer to form on the lip which may include rodent ulcer (no rodents involved), trauma, infections, irritation among other causes; without examining Tom Cruise I cannot say for certain the type of sore and would recommend you monitor it and visit your Veterinarian after a day or two if there is no improvement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Pepe (peh-peh)
short hair
7 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Skin Lesion

About a month ago my 7 years old male cat started liking himself on the area just below the anus and extending avout two inches down between the legs. A few days ago I noticed some little blisters on that area, and when I touched him, it felt hard like there is something inside him growing. He doesn't appear to have pain while urinating, no fever, no runny nose or eyes.he doesn't cry when I touch him. I am worried about the fact that it feels something hard inside.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you’re noticing some blistering and excessive licking between the legs you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination as this may be down to allergies, infection (primary or secondary) among other issues; without examining Pepe I cannot determine a specific cause or what exactly the ‘hard thing’ is either. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harlem
Felix Cat
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Infection

My cat used to have this massive lump on the left side of its thigh but now it has popped, It healed quickly but when i checked my cat, He had another popped lump, I don't know what to do.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Harlem keeps getting lumps you should have them seen by your Veterinarian; any ruptured lump should be bathed regularly and a topical antibiotic ointment may be applied if you’re sure it won’t be licked off. Your Veterinarian will make a thorough examination and may prescribe some systemic treatment as well. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophia
stray
1 Year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid Pulse
Panting
Rapid breathin

My cat has just given birth about three days ago. Today I recently noticed that she is panting, much like a dog does, and her breathing is very rapid. Her heartbeat seems a little faster than usual and she’s very warm to the touch. I’m concerned somethings wrong with her, should I be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Panting after queening is normal most of the time especially since they do it all unaided without pain relief. However you should keep a close eye on Sophia for the time being and ensure that there are no other symptoms including fever, vaginal discharge (foul smelling) or anything else concerning. If you have concerns, you should visit your Veterinarian regardless to be on the safe side as I cannot examine her myself. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Binx
Sphynx
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Third Eye
Fever
Lethargy

I have a 2 year old male Sphynx named Binx. About 3 weeks ago I brought home a 12 week old male Bengal kitten. A week ago I noticed the kitten had fleas and purchased a flea collar for him. (Could be related, not sure). A week ago Binx had a diarrhea accident in the bed (which has never happened before.) Since this incident Binx has become slightly slower and less like himself. He also appears warmer than usual and his “third eye” skin is showing on both eyes. He has continued to eat/drink water although he is much less enthusiastic about meals as he usually is. He has continued to experience diarrhea. Certain times during the day he appears normal and during the night he appears very lethargic and lame. I am very concerned at what could be the cause of this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many things which may be going on with Binx which may include stress, infections among other causes; I doubt that the flea collar is affecting Binx (I assume the flea collar is on the kitten) unless he has been chewing on it. Poisoning is another possible cause but it is difficult to say, you should keep an eye on Binx and visit your Veterinarian to check for any possible underlying causes for the symptoms. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Dash
Domestic longhair
12 Weeks
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hairloss
Itching
black scabs

I adopted a new kitten at the age of 4 weeks from a family. I started noticing spots kind of like blisters where he had scratched me while playing on my forearms. A few days later these blisters and bumps what seemed like bug bites turned into dime to quarter sized lesions. I noticed my cat had missing hair on his paw but it had grown back, as well as missing hair on his ears and a black scab on his nose. When I took him to the vet he told me to apply antifungal cream on the nose ears and paw with a diagnosis of ring worm, and my physician told me to do the same. My infection got worse and my cats scab seemed to be spreading. I noticed scabs on his abdomen and back leg as well. He itches a lot and so do I. I went to my dermatologist, because at this point I had a systematic spread of my infection with about 20 lesions and they said it had nothing to do with my kitten and this was something other than ringworm. I am waiting for my biopsy results to figure out exactly what is on me and I am taking him to another vet in 2 days for a second opinion on his scabs. Although, this is the second vet visit now and it is becoming costly. What do the doctors here may think it is on my cat? Can ringworm lead to something else in humans? Side note: My friends also go infected with what I have and also I have isolated my cat for a few days and he has become much more aggressive while
playing.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Ringworm does not tend to change into other problems other than possibly getting infected. Without seeing Dash, I'm not sure what might be going on with his skin, but there are tests for ringworm that would give you an answer as to whether that is what is going on with him. It isn't surprising that he is playing more aggressively is he is isolated, and I would expect that behavior to improve once things settle down. I hope that you get answers from your own biopsies, and a second opinion on the lesions that Dash is having is a very good idea given how complicated this problem has become.

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Kiki
Manx
4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fever

I have a 4 month old kitten with 104.5 fever. I took her to the vet and the dr. Diagnosis bacterial infection. What can i do. The fever has fluctuated all day never over 104.5

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If your Veterinarian has diagnosed bacterial infection in Kiki, they would have prescribed treatment which should be given; any treatment or management may take a few days to see improvement. Give any treatment which was prescribed and ensure that Kiki stays hydrated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
domestic short hair
16 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat has been behaving totally different from his normal self. Just laying on the ground. Not sleeping with me. Turning away from food. Drinking a lot. He had a high white cell count. I was told, "The cells don't look like cancer." Urine test, "totally normal." Given injection of covina. Vet said, "He has an infection somewhere." He should start feeling better in 3 days. This evening it will be 3 days. He is still looking like bad; like he might die....yet will come to eat a little tuna out of can (new to him).

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Blackberry
Maine Coon/other
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

patch of skin with no hair and scab
patch of skin with no hair and sca

My male 10 year old cat has a skin condition that I believe is a bacterial infection from research and pictures I saw on the internet. He is VERY skittish, and will be almost impossible to get into a carrier, much less examined by my vet. Is there any treatment I can buy over the counter to treat this? What would be best?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It can be difficult to diagnose a bacterial infection and differentiate it from allergies, fungal infections, or parasites. There aren't really any treatments for bacterial infections OTC, as they typically require antibiotics. Perhaps there is a mobile veterinarian who can come and look at Blackberry for you so that you get the right treatment?

My one year cat has skin bacteria infection
I took my cat to vet, he gave her antibiotics
But her skin wound won’t go away
Because she kept scratching.
What should I do?

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