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What are Maggots?

Maggots in cats is a seasonal condition, affecting felines in the warmer months of the year when adult flies are present. Myiasis in felines is noted by red, raised sores on the skin with the presence of maggots. The maggots will feed on necrotic tissue, but are also attracted to moist and inflamed skin caused by draining wounds, skin infections, and fecal-soaked fur coats. Cats with long fur coats are commonly infected and the infection often goes unnoticed for a period of time due to the fact that the small maggots are hard to visualize through the long hair. Felines that suffer from urinary incontinence, newborn kittens, and fighting Toms are at high risk for contracted myiasis.

A maggot is a thin, tubular fly larvae that will appear as a white worm. A fly is a small, winged insect that, as an adult, feeds on blood, tears, and mucus. There are approximately 34 species of flies in North America, but the only flies to cause a true maggot infection are the flesh flies, bottle flies, blow flies, and the average house fly. Fly strike, or myiasis, is the term veterinarians use to define a maggot infection. A maggot feeds on necrotic, or dying, tissue of any mammal, which would be present in an open wound. Cats which have been bitten or newborn kittens that have healing umbilical cord stubs will attract the female fly. The bred female will lay her eggs in the opening of the skin and within three days, the eggs will hatch and begin feasting on the feline’s dying flesh in a matter of weeks. The saliva of the maggot contains a special enzyme that serves the purpose of penetrating the skin, causing a bacterial skin infection for the feline. 

Symptoms of Maggots in Cats

Myiasis may only have one symptom in a feline, and that is the observable presence of maggots. A maggot will appear as a white, tubular worm, found in an opening on the feline’s skin. 

The enzyme-rich saliva of the maggot often causes an inflammatory reaction, noted by swelling and reddening of the skin. The cat may also develop raised skin sores filled will pus, known as a pyoderma. As maggots feast and the feline’s flesh is exposed to the environment, a high risk of skin infection present itself. A bacterial skin infection may appear as red, blistered, moist, or oozing skin. 

Myiasis can cause great discomfort and pain to the feline, but cats do not always show pain. A feline infected with maggots may:

  • Bite at the skin
  • Vocalize
  • Have difficulty sleeping 

Causes of Maggots in Cats

Maggots in cats are caused by a female fly laying her eggs on the feline’s open or irritated skin. A true maggot infection is caused by fly strike of either a flesh fly bottle fly, blow fly, or the average house fly. A maggot infestation, myiasis, should not be confused with a bot fly infestation known as cuterebriasis. Bot flies do not have a maggot life cycle and do not directly infect the feline. Myiasis and cuterebriasis are commonly confused as one and the same, but are very different types of fly larvae infection. 

Diagnosis of Maggots in Cats

The diagnosis of maggots in cats is rather simple, as finding the thin, tubular worms on the feline’s skin in the primary diagnostic method for myiasis. However, prior to starting your feline on a treatment plan, the veterinarian will want to obtain an overall health screening to ensure her compatibility with the proposed treatment regimen. 

Treatment of Maggots in Cats

The treatment goal for maggots in cats is to remove the tubular worms from the feline and tend to the open skin sores. It is highly advised to allow the veterinarian to manually remove and tend to the maggot infection, as incorrect treatment can make the problem worse. The veterinarian will carefully remove the maggots with tweezers and rinse the affected area with an antiseptic of choice. It may be required to clip some or all of the feline’s fur to attend to the myiasis condition. Any open wounds will be properly cleaned and possibly bandaged, followed by antibiotics if necessary. Underlying conditions that may have contributed to the condition, such as urinary incontinence or a bladder infection, will also be addressed as part of the feline’s treatment regimen.

Recovery of Maggots in Cats

Felines usually have a full and positive recovery following Myiasis, but kittens with umbilical cord infections may have a graver prognosis. As the wounds are healing, the veterinarian will ask you to take precautions against fly strike and reinfection. Prevention methods may include taking the feline indoors or use of a safe, anti-fly strike topical insecticide.

Maggots Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

O
Persian
1year
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

myiasis

my cat are still in the clinic to be confine as the vet doctor says most half of his body already eaten by maggots they give him already antibiotics now his under observation but the vet says they force him to eat as he dont have any appetite although hes still have a dextrose .my question is how many his chance to survive as im really worried about his condition...thanks in advance

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
With the severity of the problem which you have described, there is a very poor prognosis; I haven’t examined your cat but if there is a problem as you described with a large portion of the skin affected, then recovery is not likely and the risk of secondary infection is high. This isn’t something which would occur overnight and should have been managed earlier. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mustafa
Snowshoe
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Pain, maggots in his rectum

Hello, I'm Karla. Until recent I have given my two cats a different type of food from the usual one I always buy Friskies. For a few weeks ago both were eating the food but my older cat was suddenly getting sick. He was vomiting ( at first i thought it was furball) and then he was having diarrhea. Later he was having trouble pooping and would make movement of trying to poop but wouldn't poop at all as if he was holding it in that was 2 weeks ago hee started to do that. Until recent 4 or 5 days ago I checked his butthole and it was abnormal (the butthole was loose, and alittle open). Until two days ago now he hadnt been home and i found him today outside with poop and maggots already inside his rectum. Ive cleaned him but no matter what the maggots just keeps coming out to the point that I've put a baby diaper so he wouldn't infect the house or the other cat I have although my other cat is perfectly fine with the food. He is weak and when he moves he seems to be in pain, he doesn't want to eat the food that he normally eats or chicken, doesn't want to eat at all. At first I was giving him hydrogen peroxide in his rectum but I search that it could harm him instead of curing him or killing the maggots. And ive also given him Crazy Little Kittens Wormer although is mostly for tapeworms. I'm thinking of giving him Parasite Free Formula to kill the maggots inside. Would that work or would it severly make it worst?? Or is the condition worst to the point that he needs to see a vet? Note: He is weak and doesn't want to eat at all. And seems to be in pain and alittle bit of poops comes out but is more like diarrhea.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
Some parasitic worms can look like maggots when viewed from the rectum, but given the severity of the symptoms you should take both cats to your Veterinarian for an examination and if there are maggots they should be removed carefully (don’t try yourself as a ruptured maggot can cause serious complications) and medical treatment given. An effective anthelmintic should also be given but if there is a severe infestation, intestinal obstruction is a possible complication. Both cats should be treated to be sure. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snowball
N/a
3-4 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hole in skin with worms in it, Fur wet

Medication Used

none

Hello I have a young white tailess cat with thick fur. In the begining when he was born he was fine, but as time passed I noticed he wasn't pooping properly. He would walk around with poop hanging off of his butt. 3 days ago I noticed a hole above his butt around his tailbone area but I couldnt see what was in there because of fur, the day after I noticed small white worms jam packed in there.I touched his stomach area and it was stiff and he meowed. When I first touched the worms with an object to see what they were they retreated deeper in there, but I managed to get a few out. He hasnt been in any pain as hes been walking normal and eating but today he walked up to his mom meowing. The fur around the wound is very wet. I dont have any money to take him to the vet as we are barely making ends meet, please tell me what I can do to help him I need to help him he's still so young and has his whole life ahead of him. Please let me know and thank you.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
In these cases I cannot recommend that you remove the worms/maggots yourself since rupturing a worm/maggot can cause a severe immune reaction which would cost more than an initial visit to a Veterinarian; treatment would involve removing each worm/maggot one by one, then flushing out the cavity and giving anthelmintics and antibiotics. Try to find a charity clinic in your area as I repeat, this is not something to tackle at home. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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kitty
black wild cat
4 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

my cat has a severe wound in his one part of face and it is opened.the flesh of it is torn and damaged severely.there is a huge hole between his cheek and mouth inside.it is filled with a lot of small worms like animals .can I save my cat?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
In these cases you need to visit your Veterinarian to remove each of the maggots since removing them yourself may cause one to rupture which may cause other complications; removal of maggots and a course of antibiotics is the minimum course of action here, it is possible that the wound will need to be debrided and sutured depending on the severity. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Simba
Hairless cat
2 yrs
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

none

I have a hairless cat I know that he have maggots due to an open wound my question is this curable and can i take care of it at home I took out quite a few but he still is infected a lot is there anything I can use from home to get rid of it

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
This is manageable but it is not something you should try to treat at home alone, you should visit your Veterinarian to examine the wound and to remove all maggots; if you try to remove maggots deep in the wound and one ruptures, more complications can be created. Also, Simba will require a course of antibiotics to help with the wound as well as surgical debridement if required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mycat
Persian
One Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Wound in thigh about two inches.. Gave cefimixme on vet advice. Is it OK and disease. Cat is like 1.5 kg. Then it got maggots in a hind leg minor opening of wound.vet gave loraxane spray. It doesn't suit me(headache). Also cat tries to leave home after it

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
If there are maggots in the wound, it would be advisable for your Veterinarian to remove the maggot, debride the wound and suture it closed; there are few options available. Regular cleaning with a dilute antiseptic and applying an antibiotic ointment to the wound would also prevent any secondary issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sugar
Shorthair
less than a year old
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

drainage
maggot
Bloody
Swelling

So I have a kitten who is a stray and can't come inside the house per my land lord. I don't know what happened but he was bitten by something I think and now there is a maggot in the wound. I've tried peroxide and using tweezers (not at the same time) to get it out. I have no money to take the cat to the vet and the local shelter makes people pay to drop animals off. I've no clue what to do. Will this kill my cat? Also- The infested wound is in the neck, and its not so much a wound as it is a round, small hole.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
Do not try to remove the maggot or botfly yourself since damaging it may lead to a severe reaction; also antibiotics would need to be prescribed as well. I cannot recommend any other course of action apart from visiting a Veterinarian to have it removed, it would be irresponsible for me to recommend otherwise. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Little bit
Bombay
4
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My cat was in a fight with another male cat and he now has a wound on the top of his head there's blood in the wound and there's maggots in the wound. We've poured hydrogen peroxide on it but he's a mean cat we can't pick him up he's basically a wild cat. And we don't have the money to take him to the vet we don't know what to do.

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
It is important to ensure that any maggots present are removed and to clean the wound regularly with dilute chlorhexidine as hydrogen peroxide can cause damage to capillaries which may delay wound healing. Using dilute chlorhexidine twice daily and then some topical Neosporin to protect the wound will help; keep an eye on it but if there is no improvement you should consider visiting a charity clinic or reaching out to a nonprofit. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jiji
DOMESTIC
Not sure
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Not sure

Hi there.. can you help me please..? How to treat a cat's wounded? He was wounded since he was a kitten.. and I'm sure it's not because of the fighting between others cats..

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
There are different types of wounds, some may be treated conservatively whilst other may require surgical debridement or suturing. It is important that wounds are kept clean with a dilute antiseptic and are free of debris; if a wound is large and open then it will take a long time to heal and it at a high risk of infection, wounds which are closed with the margins opposed heal much faster. Without examining the wounds I cannot give an indication of specific treatment; but if they are deep, wide or infected visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sabastian
Mancoon
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Weight Loss

my cat is old has hocks he seems to ethier used to hocks or over coming it? he on a good day makes it to k-box other than that he pee's where ever eats like .. look i think god should make that demand with his life. Then i feel should it be me?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
I am having difficulty understanding your question, is he walking on his hocks? Is he urinary incontinent? If Sebastian is having difficulty getting around and he is urinating outside of his litter box, he should be seen by his Veterinarian to see what is happening; there are many different issues which may be going on and it is important to get the right diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tiger
Bengal
Unknown
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Maggots in open wound
Bad smell
Melting skin pus

Medication Used

Savlon

A stray tom that I feed has an open wound behind his ear since yesterday. Today I noticed maggots in the wound which has become a 1-inch tunnel. I sprayed some antiseptic liquid. What can I do to treat him?

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
It is important to flush the wound out and to make sure that there are no maggots left inside; I would suggest taking him in for a check up but I understand he is a stray. Regular cleaning of the wound along with some systemic antibiotics would help; but if there were maggots inside it may indicate that there is dead flesh inside which would need to be debrided by a Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Brad
Asian Semi-longhair
1 year
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My cat has a wound on leg after fight with a stray cat it healed skin closed bt he didnt keep his that leg on ground indicating he had pain even after the wound healed and skin came over it .now since two days the wound is exposed again and a little tunnel is also there .no maggots physically seen and no foul odor the local veter has asked to do nothing and let it heal on its own.
But I m worried is this really a magot wound or not

Health Expert
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1690 Recommendations
I do not think maggots are involved from your description, I would keep the wound clean and keep an eye on it during healing. The tunnel may be caused by many issues and would be a fistula which is what the body uses for natural drainage. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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