Wounds and boils after cat bites
Cat fights are a common cause of injury, especially for outdoor cats, but indoor cats living in multi-cat households can also be affected. Cats have sharp teeth and lots of bacteria in their mouths, so bite wounds often lead to abscesses. Boils can also occur due to the formation of wound pockets in the underlying tissue as a result of the trauma. These abscesses usually cause symptoms mainly a few days after they begin to form. It is better to treat early in the process than late, so don't wait to take your cat to a vet if you suspect an abscess is coming on.
How do I treat bite wounds in my cat? If it appears that your cat has been involved in a fight, you should feel your cat carefully for signs of pain and to check for sores. If you discover one or more bite wounds that are small and superficial, you can try treating the wound yourself by shaving the fur around the wound and washing with chlorhexidine solution. You also need to make sure you keep any scabs that form away from the animal in the first place, as it is important to keep scabs away from otherwise an abscess will easily form if wound fluid cannot naturally pass out of the entrance holes. However, bite wounds after fights unfortunately tend to be more extensive than they appear at first glance. So-called wound pockets under the skin in the area of the affected tissue may have occurred, of such a nature that they need to be investigatedand a drain (rubber tube) may need to be inserted to prevent an abscess from developing early on.
When should I visit the vet? If your cat has a wound that you have tried to treat yourself but find that it is not healing and getting better, but has swollen, started to smell bad or is in pain, you need to see a vet.