Bites from another cat during a fight cause abscesses and infection. Dog, rat and other rodent bites are rare.
Cat bites on the head, forelimbs or at the base of the tail leave lumps that swell and burst. Your cat is lethargic and goes off his food.
When a cat bites its teeth go through the skin leaving small puncture wounds which seal over, trapping bacteria under the skin of the victim.
A pocket of pus forms an abscess. In areas where the skin is tighter, such as on the foot or the tail, the infection spreads through the tissues causing cellulitis.
Rarely more serious consequences such as a septic arthritis (infection of a joi
nt space) or osteomyelitis (infection of bone) result.
- Antibiotics by injection or mouth stop the spread of infection and development of an abscess.
- Surgery to drain the pus.