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Has an abcess that’s popped on her face, it was swollen then

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Has an abcess that’s popped on her face
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did you first notice this? Has the cat been licking or rubbing the skin?
Customer: it was swollen then I noticed it was all wet about 5 days ago abs realised the swelling must have been a cyst, I have been keeping it clean but the skin has all gone on her cheek and I can see a cut that seems open
JA: And what's the cat's name and age?
Customer: betty she is 9
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Betty?
Customer: No she is usually fine, she does sometimes get into fights but this is the first time anything like this has happened
Submitted: 10 days ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Hi there, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear Betty has this issue and understand your concern for her.

Would a photo be possible?

Has Betty been active, eating and otherwise acting her normal self?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
HiYes she’s been in and out as normal eating normally and seems fine, it looks really bad here is a pic
Customer: replied 10 days ago.
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Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Thank you.

Is it producing more or less liquid than a few days ago?

Does the liquid have a foul smell?

Customer: replied 10 days ago.
It seem to scab over but now seems reopen and yes it does smell, I have been keeping in clean and pushing any liquid out, but there dosn’t seem ri be any pus, there is blood though
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Thank you for this additional information.

I am just typing my full reply now which will take a few minutes.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 10 days ago.

Betty has likely been bitten on the face and has developed an abscess.

This is an accumulation of pus and blood under the surface of the skin.

While it can be dramatic when it ruptures and there is a visible hole, this is actually good, as it allows the infection to escape.

However, given the extent of the lesion and the fact that there is still discharge, it looks like Betty is not able to deal with this infection on her own.

She does need to see a vet who will flush the abscess and prescribe some antibiotics and anti inflammatories so it can heal.

While less likely, we also need to consider that it may have been caused by e.g. a rotten tooth or foreign body, so these would be checked for too.

Do continue to clean her cheek at home and you can also protect it by keeping her indoors and having her wear a buster collar.

For most, they will heal rapidly once medicine has been started.

Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 10 days ago.

I do hope this has helped and please let me know if there is anything else,

Take care,

Linda