Q. wound on back not healing

Sun, Jul 16, 2023

not sure how he got.the wound, probably from another cat. i have cleaned and applied anti biotic to the area. has been over a month, but no discharging, bleeding, or bad smell.
Is this issue normal or not?

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The fact that your cat has a wound on his back that has not healed for over a month is concerning. Wounds typically go through a healing process that involves inflammation, tissue repair, and remodeling. However, if the wound is not healing, it may be due to various factors.

One possible cause is infection. Even though you have cleaned the wound and applied antibiotics, it's possible that the infection is not fully resolved. In some cases, certain bacteria may be resistant to the antibiotics you have used, or the wound may require a different type of antibiotic.

Another potential cause is poor blood supply to the wound area. If the wound is located in an area with limited blood flow, such as over a bony prominence, it can impede the healing process. Additionally, underlying medical conditions like diabetes or immune system disorders can also affect wound healing.

Furthermore, the diet can play a role in wound healing. Proper nutrition is essential for the body to heal wounds effectively. Ensure that your cat is receiving a balanced and appropriate diet that meets his nutritional needs.

While the lack of discharge, bleeding, or bad smell from the wound is a positive sign, it is still important to monitor the wound closely. Look for any changes in size, color, or appearance of the wound. If you notice any worsening of the wound, such as increased redness, swelling, or the presence of discharge, it may indicate an underlying issue that requires immediate veterinary attention.

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