Bacterial Infection in Cats

Bacterial Infection in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

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Anemia / Foot Infections / Pain / Redness / Vomiting / Wound

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Bacterial Infection in Cats - Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, Recovery, Management, Cost

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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.

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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.

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Bacterial Infection Average Cost

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Average Cost

$500

Bacterial Infection Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Homer

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10 Years

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Dehydration
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Dehydration, Not Eating, Hiding

My 10 year old cat is having a recurrence of a "raging infection". He was hospitalized and given 2 days of IV therapy including fluids, 10ml Cerenia. 25mg Zeniquin tab & Mirtazapine 7.5mg tab. Sent home with 4 days appetite stimulant and 14 days of 12.5 Zeniquin tabs (1/2 tab daily). He was progressing well. After 4 days he went out for 30 min supervised with 6 other cats. Came in and started hiding a not eating again. Continued The meds and in 1.5 days started eating, again, but would not go out. After 6 days was his old chow cat self again. He went out again and immediately began the hiding and no eating again. I am out of appetite stimulants but am continuing the half pill of Zeiquin. We live in small CA desert community with one vet and is hard to get in to see them. I am concerned about the recurrence. Any recommendations before I attempt another vet appointment wait?

Sept. 20, 2018

Homer's Owner

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Simba

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domestic short hair

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16 Years

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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).

Aug. 31, 2018

Simba's Owner

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Kiki

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Manx

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4 Months

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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

Aug. 26, 2018

Kiki's Owner

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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

Aug. 26, 2018

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Blackberry

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Maine Coon/other

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10 Years

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Patch Of Skin With No Hair And Sca
Patch Of Skin With No Hair And Scab

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?

Aug. 24, 2018

Blackberry's Owner


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Dr. Michele K. 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?

Aug. 24, 2018

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?

Aug. 27, 2018

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Dash

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Domestic longhair

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12 Weeks

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Itching
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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.

Aug. 18, 2018

Dash's Owner

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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.

Aug. 18, 2018

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Sushi

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Persian

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2 Years

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Bleeding
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My 2.5 years old cat suddenly start bleeding..... first we thought maybe she was pregnant and she is in labor but after few hours the bleeding was increased and she lose interest in food. We took her to two different vets and both came with different theories about her condition. Now she is having fever and occasionally bleeding. If anyone can help me that would be very helpful. Vet in our country are very expensive and very difficult for me to take her to vet again n again

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Patch

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DOMESTIC

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5 Years

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Ear Draining

My cat has a Open wound on right ear. Drains all the time. Vet has him on Clavamox for a month now but no improvement still drains. He eats and drinks no problem. Is there anything else that is stronger or can we just keep using the Clavamox? He was a outside cat but when neighbors moved they left him and we took him in. We believe the wound came from fighting. He has been inside for 8 months now.

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Stanley

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American Shorthair

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5 Years

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Sneezing, Green Mucus From Nose

I have adopted a shelter cat. Took him for his first visit to the vet, who determined he had a bacterial infection and put him on Clavamox. The infection SEEMED to clear up, but after about a week, he was sneezing and had green mucus coming from his nose. (Other than this, however, he eats like a horse and is very playful.) The vet put him on another round of Clavamox, which did not really work at all. He then put Stanley on a different antibiotic, called Azithromycin. Stanley has been on it for three days. Yesterday morning he was stuffy, and then he sneezed multiple times in the afternoon and green mucus came out of his nose. He is supposed to be on the medicine for 21 days, but at this point I am starting to wonder whether the medicine will is going to clear up the infection.I will give him the entire course of treatment, but if it doesn't work what should I do? Also, the vet I take Stanley to did not see Stanley before he prescribed the second and third rounds of antibiotics. I just had to pick it up from the vet. I don't want to criticize the vet, but should he have seen Stanley before he prescribed the second and third rounds of medicine?

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maverick

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Long haired

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8 Years

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Sneezing
Sneezing Coughing

my cat maverick has been sneezing frequently which often results in thick looking boogers coming out his nose. He sometimes make a wheezing/ coughing noise. Other than that his appetite and everything else seems normal.

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Kirby

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Norwegian forest cat

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5 Months

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Pain
Fever
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Lameness
Lathargy

Kirby was showing symptoms of lathargy and unmotivation for playing or getting up. He appeared to have pain and walked stiffly, to avoid giving himself more discomfort. He didn't move if he didn't have to, and even flicked his tail side to side when I picked him up, showing he wasn't happy about me doing that. We took him to the vet and they found him to have a fever of 105.2° F, so they put him on IV, gave him some injections, and then prescribed pain meds and an antibiotic. He's feeling much better so far. Kirby was very thankful and cuddled up with us after we got home.

Bacterial Infection Average Cost

From 349 quotes ranging from $200 - $2,500

Average Cost

$500

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