What Happens?

  • 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)