Tex is a three year old male desexed moggy, who has lately been appreciating the warmer weather and longer day light hours. Tex used to come home for dinner around 5pm, but recently he had been staying out quite late past his curfew up until 10pm. One day Tex came home feeling very sore and sorry for himself, limping and licking at his front leg. Poor Tex did not even want any food and showed no interest in his usual play time. Tex's owner was concerned about his unusal behaviour and decided to bring him into the clinic.
During consultation it was discovered that Tex had a large swelling around his shoulder region. It was determined to be a very nasty painful cat bite abscess. Tex must have been in a fight, likely protecting his territory from other roaming cats late in the evening. Cats have very infectious bacteria in their mouth, which when bitten, are penetrated deep into the tissue and later develop into abscesses.
Due to the size of the abscess, Tex had to have surgery to drain away all the infectious material so that he could recover as quick as possible and return to being his happy healthy self. He was also sent home with medications to combat the pain and infection.
This is why it is very important to ensure that our feline friends are tucked away nice and safe after an early dinner. Another important consideration is that with each cat fight wound, there is the risk of contracting Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which can be an insidious disease affecting cats' immune systems, resulting in a gradual decline. Thankfully, in recent years there has been an effective vaccine which can provide protection against FIV in 80% of cases. If your cat goes outdoors, it is highly recommended that we protect our cats from this incurable disease.