Stinky wound. Advise please!

topic posted Mon, August 1, 2005 - 6:10 PM by  Unsubscribed
My outdoor cat came in the other day with a big boil of some sort on his shoulder. Well, that boil thing has since popped and he can't reach it to clean it (upper shoulder). The thing stinks!

I've tried to clean with warm, soapy water but he is too scared. And since the wound is on his shoulder, I can't wrap him up to clean it.

I've applied peroxide to the wound too. It looks really bad. A couple a big holes with fluid in them. The peroxide fizzes and scares him. He is in a lot of pain when I try to clean it and look for any puss. The wound is really, really hot too.

This is the second time he has gotten a wound of this sort. I just let it heal naturally after cleaning it with peroxide. But the first one didn't stink like this one does. I'm afraid he will get an infection because he can't reach it to clean it.
The good news is that he is still eating and drinking.

Going to the vet is out of the question too. I have no money and no credit card.

Is there anything I can do besides putting peroxide on the wound to help it?
He is outside now, doesn't come in until the evenings for his supper. There is no way I can keep him inside either. He'll piss all over the place. He really prefers to be outside, even with a bad wound and a fever.

Anyone else here delt with a big stinky wound? Do you think it was from a cat fight/bite?
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  • Re: Stinky wound. Advise please!

    Mon, August 1, 2005 - 10:24 PM
    This is all I know....

    It's an abcess, probably from a fight. Keep cleanig it with peroxide. Get it way in there. Pour it on.

    Sometimes they heal, but sometimes they don't. In that case, you have no choice but to take the cat to the vet.
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      Mon, August 1, 2005 - 11:19 PM
      If the wound stinks your cat might need antibiotics to fight the infection. Almost all vets will set up payment plans. Good luck and I hope your kitty is okay...
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        Tue, August 2, 2005 - 7:22 AM
        yup - the kitty needs antibiotics - i had adopted a cat that had an untreated abcess, and the hole/infection went down through her muscle tissue - it was bad. thankfully she got treatment before she needed surgery or worse...

        i highly recommend taking the kitty to the vet.

        my two cents,
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          Re: Stinky wound. Advise please!

          Tue, August 2, 2005 - 3:37 PM
          Thanks for everyone's advise.
          Kitty came in yesterday and I washed the wound again with peroxide. It didn't stink as bad as the first day.
          It is still very hot though.

          I think he's going to be ok.
          If he didn't eat or drink yesterday then I would have gone to the vet. I just can't put a price tag on the health of my kitty, ya know. I love him too much!
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            Tue, August 2, 2005 - 3:53 PM
            It's too soon too tell if he's OK. Keep an eye on it and keep treating it. Problem is, these things will look as if they have healed and then they swell, break open again and the pus will drain out yet again...

            Some cats seem more prone to get these than others. Indoor cats almost never get them. I have an older tomcat that gets them alot but they heal shortly on their own with just a few applications of peroxide. Another cat got one on his foot... the only one's he's ever had...and it just got worse...finally he went to the vet and got a very big cast-like bandage on his foot/leg and antibiotics. Not a happy kitty..;o)) Another cat got one on his jaw so bad the vet had to stitch was very deep.

            Good luck...and always have a good vet around that you have a good relationship with. It's like a good and regular mechanic for the car...
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    Re: Stinky wound. Advise please!

    Tue, August 2, 2005 - 6:18 PM
    Yes, outdoor kitties often get bite or scratch wounds that abscess. It is basically an infection under the skin. Apparently the foul odor is normal once it has ruptured -- it's the pus that smells bad.

    Here is an excellent web site that explains abscesses and how to treat them. Be warned, there are photos that some may find yukky to look at:

    Your kitty is probably lucky that the abscess is open and draining -- if it remained closed, he would have a fever and could become quite sick, definitely requiring a visit to the vet.

    Keeping the would open and cleaning it out every day is extremely important. If you can see the underlying tissue, antibiotic ointment is good to use. However, if all you can see are the puncture wounds and the pus is draining from them, it is not open enough to heal and ointment should not be put on as it will seal the infection under the wounds. If it doesn't look like it is improving soon, you will probably need to get him to a vet.

    Keeping my fingers crossed you can deal with this at home!!
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    Re: Stinky wound. Advise please!

    Tue, August 2, 2005 - 8:22 PM
    vet and payments. i've heard some very bad things about abcesses. :P good luck!
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      Re: Stinky wound. Advise please! - Update

      Thu, August 4, 2005 - 11:15 AM
      Update: Kitty came home during the day which was very unusual. I cleaned the wound and put some Neosporine on it. He hung out a little bit, ate food and drank water. He seemed and the wound appeared to be healing. Then kitty wanted outside again.
      That was the last I've seen of him. He usually comes home at night or in the very least the next morning for food.
      I've called him but he doesn't come.

      I really hope I didn't screw up by not taking the kitty to the vet right away.
      Since this is not the first time he has gotten a wound of this kind I really thought if I cleaned in and monitered him than he would heal all on his own.

      I hope and pray that he comes home. I will take him to the vet, I swear it!
      If he doesn't....well then I will have to live with this forever.
      Come home kitty!!!!

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        Re: Stinky wound. Advise please! - Update

        Fri, August 5, 2005 - 4:46 PM
        i hope the kitty comes home!!! sending out kitty prayers.
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          Re: Stinky wound. Advise please! - Update

          Sun, August 7, 2005 - 9:17 PM
          My boy though he's been fixed always seems to get into scraps,and in his 4 yrs has had about 10 abcess's....most of them I have treated myself....with tea tree works wonders...anti viral...anti hates it but too bad....and keep the top fromhealing over too soon,my boy rips it off himself....that way the infection gets time to clear...but also giving him echinacea helps alot too....also cell salt silica.....for blood impurities....the time he went to the vet was when it was on his spine,which can paralyse them and the other time when it wouldnt heal and it kept getting deeper and deeper,so they put a shunt(tube)thru his shoulder and he had to wear a Victorian collar,which he hated to bits!!!!!lol....good sure kitty will turn up...they bloody well do that to you...make you worry....
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    Wed, August 10, 2005 - 6:30 PM
    Yikes! No to the peroxide advice. Pet owners always think that's a good one but it's not! PLEASE STOP IRRITATING THE WOUND WITH PEROXIDE NOW!

    Betadyne (that orange iodine found in the pharmacy isle with the alcohol and peroxide) diluted in water until its the color of weak tea is the only thing we advise.

    You need to go to a vet and get on antibiotics quick. Otherwise the wound may heal over and trap an infection inside that can lead to other problems! You may be surprised when your vet shaves and cleans the area how large the wound actually is! It may even require a drain. This may not be a new injury. It is possible that the original wound created a deep abcess that just burst through the surface now.

    The wound stinks because it IS infected! The longer you put this off the more risky it is for your pet and the more expensive it will be for you.

    And please please when your vet prescribes antiobiotics give them as directed and FINISH them!
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      Re: Stinky wound. Advise please!

      Wed, August 10, 2005 - 6:38 PM
      one time my cat got bitten on the side and the healing underneath thing happened when i was younger.
      it was bad and then it was fine with some scab and matted hair.
      and then my little brother and i were coloring one day on the floor.
      the cat walks over and sits on the book and then a stream of puss came out of her side all over the books. we both screamed and ran and got out mom.
      that was soooo gross. and the cat didnt seem to be sick or bothered by the wound at all.
      she ended up with stitches and a "i cant believe its not butter" dish as her headgear.
      god i still remeber that and how gross it was.ehjwhejwh
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      Wed, August 10, 2005 - 7:18 PM
      Yes, I've heard the anti-peroxide argument and respectfully...I just don't agree with you. I've had too much success with it and know too many other people who use it successfully on their cats, and talked to vet's who agree it's ok (and some who don't like it...and people who won't use it..)'s included in many commercial cat firstaid kits as a multiuse product.

      I would agree, though...moderation as it might tend to "dissolve" tissue if over-used.

      I sometimes will use it to clean their ears, also...a little on a cotton ball.
      Heck..I use it in my own ears...

      So...let's agree to disagree...

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