- Manifests when something (usually a wound, impacted anal gland, or bad tooth) allows an accumulation of bacteria under the skin that develops into a pocket of pus.
- Abscesses are common in cats that roam outside and get in fights with other cats
What Does It Look Like?
- Abscesses are usually either a painful swelling (not ruptured) or a wound draining pus (ruptured).
- Anal gland abscesses are seen on the side of the anus
- Tooth root abscesses usually appear just below the eye.
What Do You Do?
- IF it has not ruptured, apply a warm compress for 10 minutes 2-3 times a day.
- If it has ruptured, clean the wound with betadine and water and pat dry.
- Do not attempt to lance or open the abscess
- See your vet as soon as you can (within 24 hours)