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He has a sort of cyst on his spine/ back are which has

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Hi, he has a sort of cyst on his spine/ back are which has opened and drained. Yellow and smelly liquid coming out of it. Its just a white area without fur now but has an opening. He is 18/19 and keeps licking it.
JA: Hi there. I'll do all I can to help. What type of animal are we talking about?
Customer: Cat
JA: When did you first notice the cyst? Has the cat been licking or rubbing the skin?
Customer: licking and rubbing, and yesterday. Has since opened up and drained
JA: What's the cat's name?
Customer: Elbie
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know?
Customer: he’s been eating and drinking fine

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?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
He’s not on any medications

Thank you, ***** ***** very helpful.

How long has the lesion been present?

Any chance he has been bitten by another cat?

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Roughly 2/3 three days and I have 2 other cats but they don’t bite. He is an outdoor cat so is very possible he could have been bitten.

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.

Customer: replied 6 days ago.
Thank you so much for your help, we will get him a collar and book him with a vet. He’s definitely less tolerable of things at his age!

Happy to help!

Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.

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