hows your new pet doing? any update about what was wrong?
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6/28/07 at 7:50pm
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.
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.