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Old 12-19-2012, 03:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just noticed a wound one one of my cats. this is the one that goes outdoors beyond my backyard. It's at the base of his tail and the wound is about a 3/8" diameter circle that's open and goes somewhat deeper than the skin level as I can see a small hole inside him. Does anyone know what may have causd this, specifically if it looks like a Bee-bee gun wound?
He functions ok as far as playing with things and moving around but I did iodine rinse and neosporine in the wound area. I think i'm looking at a trip to the vet tomorrow as I think it's too big to heal ok on it's own.
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Old 12-19-2012, 03:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Ouch! I don't know if it was a BB gun that caused it, but I really hope not! The stray that I take care of ended up with a similar wound in the same exact place - base of the tail - last summer, though if I remember, it was more of a gash than a hole. He seemed fine otherwise, so I kept an eye on him. After a couple of days, he started licking furiously, so I knew it was starting to heal. I never figured out what it was. It was too deep to be from a fight with another cat. I thought he might have tried to slink under a metal fence and gotten cut maybe. But it did heal completely, and he's absolutely fine. I hope it's the same for your kitty.
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Very nasty - could it be ulceration of some sort? Let us know what the vet says.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm thinking bot fly. A while ago, we had a member whose cat had a wound that looked very similar to that and it turned out to be a bot fly. *shudder*
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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My first thought was bot fly too.
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This looks and sound like a cuterebra, or bot fly lesion. Take your cat to the vet to have the larva removed; this is not a do it yourself procedure!

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Could be cuterebra, or could be an abscess from a bite wound. Outdoor cats are susceptible to both. Either way, he needs a vet ASAP--abscesses in cats can be quite severe, regardless of cause, and usually need to be debrided and the cat put on antibiotics.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
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This is genuinely seeking clarification. We have bott flies around here - I even have a special bott knife for removing them from horses' coats - but they don't normally cause a problem with cats. Are they the same species?
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