An abscess is an accumulation of pus, often as a result of bites from fighting. A cat's mouth has lots of bacteria which enter the wound caused by a bite. Abscesses are swollen, hot and often painful. The cat may have a temperature, lack of appetite and be depressed. Abscesses are often found on the legs, head, neck, and base of the tail.
Our vets at Southern Cross will shave the hair over the abscess, lance and drain the abscess. Then the wound is flushed and left open to drain. Occasionally wounds may need to be stitched. Antibiotics will usually be prescribed.