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post #31 of 43
hows your new pet doing? any update about what was wrong?
post #32 of 43
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Thank you guys for all the help. I did take the cat to the vet this morning and they knew exactly what it was - a blow fly! They didn't close the hole up, so I do still have to take care of her at home for awhile to keep it clean and watch for infection. She has decent odds if it doesn't infect. She's got some antibiotics to take daily and I'm hoping for the best. The hardest part is just looking at that hole. I have a weak stomach and it's very hard for me. There is a hole all the way into her body cavity. When she's standing up and that big muscle moves out of the way, you can literally see what appears to be organs way down inside this hole. It's not bloody or anything. It's actually hollow in there and it's enough to freak me out. It's not something I ever want to see again in my life. I did try to take some pictures, but they didn't turn out very well. I just can't stand to look at it. If you want to see the ones I've taken, I put them on Photobucket. The pink you see is a large muscle that runs from her head towards her tail that sits right inside. I don't know officially what it is, but definitely a large muscle about as thick as my thumb. You may also be able to see two pink things sitting side by side in one picture. Not sure what they are. They move out of the way when she's standing up, so maybe part of her shoulders? Like I said, the pictures aren't very good.

http://s203.photobucket.com/albums/aa274/Kevin63photos/

I'll try to get someone else to take some better pictures if you guys REALLY want to see this thing. Maybe it would help someone in the future to see what kind of wound these blow flies can leave on a small animal. Apparently, these larvae know to exit animals in places they can't reach to scratch - so between the shoulder blades was a dead give-away to the vet. Most likely the cat's leg never had any injury at all. It was just the larvae between the shoulder blades causing pain and discomfort to her front leg. The larvae was probably erupting from the skin and the cat scratched it out and killed it leaving behind the sticky stuff I found on the back of her neck. It kind of reminded me of that sticky mess that slugs leave all over my porch. All of the hair that was sticky has now fallen out.

The cat has not shown any sign of being sick. Her gums are pink, she's eating like a horse, drinking water, using the bathroom, (and it's perfect) and purring and cleaning herself. She weighs six pounds and didn't have a fever when she was at the vet. They guess she's about four years old. I'll be watching her closely and hopefully she'll just heal up and this will be over. I'll definitely let you know if anything changes. You guys were so great to give me some advice and ideas and support last night and I hope this information might come in handy if anyone else ends up here with the same symptoms in their animal. The best description I can give is that it looked like this cat had a very clean bullet hole in her body. These blow flies apparently are common all over the United States. Scary..

Thanks again for all the help and I'll keep you updated.

Kevin
post #33 of 43
Wow. I though flies laid eggs only in dead animals? Learn something new every day!

I'm glad your new kitty is doing so well! I would have a hard time looking at that too. Did you ever figure out what happened to her kittens?

What are you naming her?
post #34 of 43
I am so glad she will be okay. You are doing a wonderful thing for her. So what is her name? Do you plan on keeping her inside from now on?

I did a little searching and found a link about Blow Flies. From what I read she probably had a superfisial wound and a fly layed her eggs and they matured, hence the whole.

Here is the link and a quote from the page.

http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG369/notes/blow_flies.html

"As a rule, most blow fly larvae do not attack healthy tissue. Mature larvae of green-bottle flies, however, have been known to burrow deep into healthy tissue after spending earlier developmental stages in superficial wounds. Fortunately, this particular species is usually of minor importance in North Carolina."
post #35 of 43
A blow fly never even crossed my mind. Hopefully it heals quickly and you don't have to stare at that hole more than you need to. She really seems like a sweetheart.
post #36 of 43
I've just seen this and am so glad that you got her to a vet and have antibiotics for her.

If there had been no clue yet I was going to suggest bot fly - the larval stage is parasitic and requires a warm body to hatch from the egg, then usually emerges from the neck or shoulders (in cattle and horses at least) leaving a large hole.
post #37 of 43
I never seen or heard of anything like this...a blow fly? New to me!
I hope your kitty gets better..and i hope you still are going to keep her.
Poor thing has been through the ringer. it is wonderful of you to take care of a stray like you did...alot of people do not want to bothered. Hats off to ya
Your great!!
post #38 of 43
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Thank you guys for all the help. I did take the cat to the vet this morning and they knew exactly what it was - a blow fly! They didn't close the hole up, so I do still have to take care of her at home for awhile to keep it clean and watch for infection. She has decent odds if it doesn't infect. She's got some antibiotics to take daily and I'm hoping for the best. The hardest part is just looking at that hole. I have a weak stomach and it's very hard for me. There is a hole all the way into her body cavity. When she's standing up and that big muscle moves out of the way, you can literally see what appears to be organs way down inside this hole. It's not bloody or anything. It's actually hollow in there and it's enough to freak me out. It's not something I ever want to see again in my life. I did try to take some pictures, but they didn't turn out very well. I just can't stand to look at it. If you want to see the ones I've taken, I put them on Photobucket. The pink you see is a large muscle that runs from her head towards her tail that sits right inside. I don't know officially what it is, but definitely a large muscle about as thick as my thumb. You may also be able to see two pink things sitting side by side in one picture. Not sure what they are. They move out of the way when she's standing up, so maybe part of her shoulders? Like I said, the pictures aren't very good.

http://s203.photobucket.com/albums/aa274/Kevin63photos/

I'll try to get someone else to take some better pictures if you guys REALLY want to see this thing. Maybe it would help someone in the future to see what kind of wound these blow flies can leave on a small animal. Apparently, these larvae know to exit animals in places they can't reach to scratch - so between the shoulder blades was a dead give-away to the vet. Most likely the cat's leg never had any injury at all. It was just the larvae between the shoulder blades causing pain and discomfort to her front leg. The larvae was probably erupting from the skin and the cat scratched it out and killed it leaving behind the sticky stuff I found on the back of her neck. It kind of reminded me of that sticky mess that slugs leave all over my porch. All of the hair that was sticky has now fallen out.

The cat has not shown any sign of being sick. Her gums are pink, she's eating like a horse, drinking water, using the bathroom, (and it's perfect) and purring and cleaning herself. She weighs six pounds and didn't have a fever when she was at the vet. They guess she's about four years old. I'll be watching her closely and hopefully she'll just heal up and this will be over. I'll definitely let you know if anything changes. You guys were so great to give me some advice and ideas and support last night and I hope this information might come in handy if anyone else ends up here with the same symptoms in their animal. The best description I can give is that it looked like this cat had a very clean bullet hole in her body. These blow flies apparently are common all over the United States. Scary..

Thanks again for all the help and I'll keep you updated.

Kevin


Please keep us updated on the cat Kevin, you are an angel for helping out this kitty, I do hope that she is doing better.
post #39 of 43
I've seen this before...we call them bot flies. The larvae burrow under the skin (between the skin and muscle) and leave the hole to breathe through. The eat the connective tissue between the muscle and the skin. The can grow to be about 1.2 inch wide and maybe an inch or so long. The reason the hole is so big...is because the bot has exited. That means it stretched the skin to get out. The host is rarely affected by the bots. I mean I've caught chipmunks and squirrels (bio research) with 4 or 5 at a time of these on their bellies.

The problem can come with kittens if they pick them up near their face or neck. I almost lost one kitty who had one near his neck and I didn't know. HE was given drontal and the larvae reacts badly to this and starts dying and secreting chemicals which almost killed the kitty. Luckily the bot fell out and the kitty recoved.

The good news for your kitty is: 1) you found her and are taking care of her and 2) that the bot is gone. With antibiotics and a clean environment she will recover fully from this.

thank you for caring for this kitty!
post #40 of 43
Wow, I never would have thought of that! The poor baby; does she have a name yet?
I assume there's no drainage from her wound. Since it sounds particularly nasty to look at (nope, I'm not checking out the pics, thanks very much), maybe she could wear a doggy sweater?
I said it before, but it bears repeating--I think you're going to make a great cat-Daddy. Hopefully, your new girl will be an inside only cat (hint, hint) and recover from this ordeal with no problems.
BTW, did the vet confirm that she'd recently had kittens?
Sending loads of (((healing vibes))) to your girl.
post #41 of 43
Oh the poor baby...so glad she found you
post #42 of 43
This is the first time I've seen this thread. I'm SO glad it has a happy ending, and let me just say

EWWWWW!!!

Kevin, I'm so glad this little girl found you! You're wonderful for taking her in and helping her get well. She sounds like an absolute sweetie.
post #43 of 43
Oh that poor baby! I'm so glad to hear that she can and will recover from this! This may have been said, but are you planning to keep her? I'd love to see pics of the rest of her too if you have them!
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