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Recurring abscess

Category: general | Submitted: 12 March 2007 10:59AM | viewed 4580 times
Q Anna asks:

Hi, an abscess has developed at the stump of my cat's tail three times in the last four months. It always seems to be in the same area. I have had him treated every time and have spent the best part of 400 on vets bills. He is 14-years-old and otherwise in good health but I am afraid I cannot keep affording to pay a huge amount out every few weeks. I feel I am being ripped off by the vet but he just says there is nothing more preventative they can do. Your advice please!

Q Our vet says: I can understand your concern about this. Could your cat be getting into fights? The tail is a common site for cat bite abscesses since often the losing cat is trying to run away! If fighting is the cause it may be difficult to stop unless you decide to keep your cat in. Ask your vet about the recurring nature of these abscesses- if your vet thinks it is a recurrence of the same infection each time, rather than another cat bite which has caused the abscess, then he or she might be able to help further to try to treat the cause.

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