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Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
I'm sorry to hear Elbie has this issue.
Is he currently on any medicine?
Would it be possible to send a photo of the lesion?
Thank you, ***** ***** very helpful.
How long has the lesion been present?
Any chance he has been bitten by another cat?
Gosh an outdoor cat at his age, I'm very impressed, that's great going!
From the photo, my top suspicion would be a cat bite. It has that typical 'puncture wound' appearance.
Cat bits become infected and will ooze pus and cause pain.
A vet visit is required so we can flush the lesion and start Elbie on some antibiotics and pain relief.
At home, try to stop him licking with a buster collar as he will be making things worse.
If he tolerates it, you can gently clean the area with cotton wool and saline.
Happy to help!
Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.