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My cat has developed a bad sore on his back.

Question Posted Sunday October 14 2007, 5:02 pm

My cat is about 7 years old and has developed a really bad sore on his back. It does not look like it was caused by a cat fight(I have three other cats.) It almost looks like a hole and like it is decaying. It is a greyish color underneath. It smells horrible as well. I noticed it today and I started packing it with triple antibiotic ointment. I can not afford to go to a vet right now(I have no money.) If anyone can help me please let me know. I can send you a picture of the sore if you want. I am very worried and if anyone has an idea of what this may be and how to treat it inexpensivly please let me know!! Thanks to anyone that reads this and attempts to help me.I live in phoenixville , pa and I don't know of any free clinics in the area

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selectopaque answered Saturday October 20 2007, 9:26 am:
Is there any black skin? Not like, the cat is a black color, but is the skin usually a different color and it is turning black around it? Because that would mean that the skin around it is dead, in which case, your cat NEEDS the skin to be debrided, or cleaned off, or... basically, a veterinarian needs to take a scapel or scissors and cut off the bad skin and sew up the good skin and possibly leave a drain in so that the puss can get out.

Here's what you can do in the mean time. What your cat has is an abcess. An abcess is an infection, most commonly caused by a cat bite or scratch. The back is a very bad place to get one because the puss can't drain very well. It just sits in a pool on the cat's back.

Here's what you can do to help. Use warm water and scrub the area with a washcloth. I mean really scrub the area. You might want to wrap your cat in a towel and only have the sore show because this might hurt. But, you HAVE to be aggressive with it. While your scrubbing, squeeze everything out of it, then pore some more water on it. It you have something to squirt water into it, try that. That will help to clean it out. Also, if you have hair clippers, try to clip all of the hair away around it, but don't use scissors for the hair because your very likely to cut that cats fur if you do (I work at a vet clinic and most people who use scissors on their cats fur end up coming in to have a huge hole sutured up after they cut their cat). If your still not able to go to a vet clinic, then try hydrogen peroxide to get some of the puss out. Keep the area clean and dry and open to the air. Triple antibiotic ointment is really only going to help prevent infection and won't do much to get rid of a massive infection like what you've described.

Do this every chance you get. Use warm water to get the crusty's off, squeeze all the goo out, use warm water again to clean everything off, and pour hydrogen peroxide while squeezing all the goo out. Hydrogen peroxide isn't the best stuff to use, but besides going to a vet clinic, I have seen this work.

If you have any questions send me another question, or at least try to call a veterinary clinic and maybe they can give you advice over the phone.

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cederian answered Sunday October 14 2007, 8:17 pm:
send me a pic at

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BABYASH answered Sunday October 14 2007, 7:38 pm:
I suggest that you call a local vet and just ASK what you can do inexpensively..Ask to speak to the vet directly.That's what I had to do when my cat came home with a chunk of his tail missing..Stress to them that you don't have money to pay for a visit,or treatment.I wish you luck.

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