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Gaping Wound on Cat's Neck?

My cat had a big knot on side of his neck. He scratched it and now it is busted. I can see inside. He keeps scratching it and I have to grab him because he split it more. How can I stop this? The vets will not take animals cause of corona! I don't know what to do?

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I love my cat and I feel like he believes I'm being mean to him because I won't let him run off and scratch this gaping wound. It isn't bleeding or anything but I'm so worried it will be bad if he keeps up! Right now, I have a gauze wrap on it. I put a little ointment around it but it comes up on chin so he still hits it when scratches. When I see him going to start scratching, I try my best to scratch for him best I can by rubbing the area around the wrap.

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September 17, 20200 found this helpful
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It sounds like an abscess to me, which are common for cats. I have had many abscesses just heal up over time and other ones that needed a vet's care. You should be able to find a vet to see him. Most are doing curb pickup instead of allowing people in the clinic. I've taken my cat in relatively recently. If your personal vet isn't doing that, I would look into a different vet or even emergency care.

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Otherwise, you are doing the best you can. A cone may make it more difficult for your cat to scratch it.

Good luck!

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September 19, 20200 found this helpful
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I hope your baby is doing better but since you do not say exactly where on the neck be sure he can use it and not hit or rub on the sore.
You may be able to go to PetSmart and see if their vet tech is working as they have a lot of training and may be able to help with something like this.

If it is not bleeding, you may be able to use some Epsom Salt in warm water to gently lay on the spot while you distract him as this is a solution that is used to draw out infection and also soothe the area and help with the pain or itching. Use a good helping of Epsom Salt in warm water and change to clean cloth each time you lay it on the sore.

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You can Google (with your zip code) vets open during coronavirus as many have made arrangements to see pets even if just on emergency basis.
Have you tried to contact your Humane Society - they have vets and many times will doctor outside animals.

There is also the new 'virtual' Internet lines that doctors are using and it is getting very popular as the vet can be in another part of the country and still 'see' your pet.
The vet can see your pet's problem and decide if they need to see a vet (and will help you find one) or they can prescribe medication.
This is new but regular doctor's are using it and so are the vets.
Google virtual vet with your zip code as there may be one in your area. These inline visits are usually less costly than a regular vet visit.

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September 17, 20200 found this helpful

Try a different vet, if your regular one won't see your cat. I just had my cat to the vet for her regular shots, and they met me at the door, took the carrier, and when done, gave me back the cat at the door. Then you pay at a small window on the front wall of the bldg.

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It sounds like your cat had an abscess it scratched open. It really should be taken care of by a vet so it doesn't get infected more than the abscess alone. Good luck.

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I agree, try a different Vet! This is your fur baby and he deserves better care, for you to make sure that he doesn't catch infection/illness. They can treat or tell you how you can keep him from making it worse. It seems without the care your cat will keep pulling at it. Maybe some type of bandage until your visit at the Vet's office.

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It sounds like the cat got a sticker or some type of thorn in their neck and it has formed an absess. This can happen quite often. if it is not healing and closing up soon you should really go to the vet and have it looked at. I would suggest that you go to Pet Co or another pet store and buy a neck collar for the cat that you can put on the neck area to stop them from being able to scratch this area.

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You need to keep this clean so that it can close up and heal. There are times that a vet will stitch this are up so that it can close and heal and then they will put some sort of a cone or collar around the cat to keep him from opening up the stitches.

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September 24, 20200 found this helpful

You don't say where you are, but every vet in my town is seeing animals WITHOUT the people--car side service.

Please find someone to help! Infections can get out of control very quickly in cats since they step in litter then get the poop/pee into the wound.

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Prayers for healing.

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December 7, 20200 found this helpful

It's a bot fly larvae, sometimes called a woulf in the south. he's scratching it because he can feel it moving. You take a large syringe without the needle , put tip to hole and pull on plunger. It sucks the larvae into the syringe then dispose of it all. If you don't get it out it can kill the affected pet.

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