Q. Two holes in the skin. Started out as a scab. Is now a hole with fluid leaking out

Sat, Jul 15, 2023

2 holes in skin gray/green in color. Very light colored liquid leaking out. Missing hair around area. Swollen and hard underneath.

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Hello! I understand that you're concerned about your cat's symptoms, and I'm here to help.

These symptoms could be indicative of a few different conditions in cats. One possibility is that your cat has developed abscesses. Abscesses are localized infections that can occur when bacteria enter the skin through a wound or scratch. As the infection progresses, it can cause the formation of pus, leading to the appearance of fluid leaking out of the holes. The gray/green color could be due to the presence of bacteria or dead tissue.

Another potential cause for these symptoms is a fungal infection, such as ringworm. Ringworm is a common fungal infection in cats that can cause circular patches of hair loss, along with redness, itching, and sometimes secondary bacterial infections. The swollen and hard skin underneath could be a result of inflammation caused by the infection.

While it's difficult to determine the exact cause without a physical examination, it's important to keep in mind that these are just potential explanations based on the information provided. It's crucial to have your cat examined by a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

In the meantime, there are a few things you can do at home to help your cat. Firstly, it's important to keep the affected area clean and dry. You can gently clean the wounds with a mild antiseptic solution recommended by your vet, following their instructions.

It's also essential to prevent your cat from licking or scratching the affected area excessively, as this can worsen the condition and introduce more bacteria. If necessary, your vet may recommend using an Elizabethan collar (cone) to prevent your cat from accessing the wounds.

Finally, it's crucial to monitor your cat closely for any changes in her behavior, appetite, or overall well-being. If you notice any worsening of the symptoms, such as increased swelling, pain, or a foul odor from the wounds, or if your cat develops a fever or becomes lethargic, it's important to seek veterinary attention promptly.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.