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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

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..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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
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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?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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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

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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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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