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Sore that won't heal

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone! Hopefully someone can give me some ideas on how to help my little furbaby.

She has a sore on her haunch maybe half a centimeter in size. We've taken her to the vet a couple times about it. The last time we went they put a cast on her and gave us a topical antibiotic treatment. Also, we've had a cone on her head for about 3+ months. She's an indoor cat.

We've been using the antibiotic treatment... polysporin as well, hoping that it will help it heal faster. We can't get a gauze on her leg to keep it covered (she shakes it right off). Every day she scratches the scab off with her cone, and it bleeds. I've put tape on her cone to cover the parts that would scratch it off but she still scrapes it off!

It's been many many months! I'll take her to the vet again but I'm hoping for some more ideas from here.

Thank you!
post #2 of 17
I would take her to your vet again - or if your vet doesn't seem like much help, to another vet for the 2nd opinion. A sore there for many months is concerning....
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Can you elaborate?

She had this sore over a year ago. It healed, but then it started bleeding again. I know that sounds like something bad....

She had a check-up not too long ago and the vet said she's healthy...
post #4 of 17
A re-occuring sore to me - signals an immune issue. Is she spayed? She hasn't made any trips outside - period? How old? Ever been tested for Feline Leukemia or FIV? Ever done a blood panel?

*Most* healthy cats, with some medical intervention, will have a sore healed within a month's time. I had a cat suffer a large bite wound from a foster dog (he liked her - unfortunately a bit too much). He bit her in the chest, it was about 2" in diameter. She was on anti-biotics to prevent infection due to it being a puncture wound (and deep) & got panalog ointment in the wound for 14 days. Within a month, the wound was completely healed - and that was a severe wound.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
We let her out in the summers and she doesn't leave the yard, so she isn't completely an indoor cat (I must have been tired when I typed that she was). We've just had her inside for at least the last 6 months.

She's spayed, was tested for FIV and Leukemia (has neither) and the vet took blood tests. Everything normal.

She's 13 and showing her age though, so I suppose her immune system isn't working as strongly as it should be. It isn't at all infected or anything, just won't heal! And it isn't that large...

I'll try a new vet and get a second opinion.
post #6 of 17
You might want to ask your vet about Tresaderm and if it would be right in your situation.

Our kitten Max will get an itch or something will aggravate his skin and will scratch until his skin is raw and has scabs all over. So far the Tresaderm makes it so that the scabs doesn't itch so he won't scratch and it helps heal up the damage he does within a couple of days. It has some sort of anti bacterial stuff working. It works very well but you are only supposed to use it for less then a week.

We have no idea what causes his little scratching episodes but the Tresaderm has been great with clearing up the damage.
post #7 of 17
My mother had a cat that she adopted at about 10 years of age and when she was somewhere in the neighborhood of 17 or so she developed this nasty abcess on her head. I took her to the vet once a week for three months to have it opened and cleaned. They did blood work and everything seemed normal. That sore never did completely heal, I have no idea why. I helpd my mom keep it clean and she was put on abs when it got nasty. Kinko passed away last summer, almost 20 years old!
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thank you for all the suggestions!

Kinko, what a cute furbaby name! I hope my baby makes it to 20 years old.
post #9 of 17
I don't have any advice for the sore, but wanted to mention two products that my vet recommends for wounds/sores because my Tofu cat was dealing with about 5 wounds on his face at one time from scratching so much.

Immuno Support is an immune booster. I have a bottle, but didn't use it long enough, so can't tell you how effective it may or may not be, but my holistic vet mentioned that some cats use it long-term.

For the sores, Derma Gel has worked very well for both my cat and dog. (My dog used to get staph infections on her stomach area.)

And no, I'm not affiliated with these companies in any way, just letting you know what my vet recommended for sores and wounds for my own pets.

Good luck! I hope it's nothing.
post #10 of 17

I know that it has been several years since this post was put up, but I had to do research for my cat, and I am sure there are other people googling it too.

 

My cat also had a wound that wouldn't heal. He has a sore on his face for about a year. It started to bleed pretty bad at about the 6 month point, so we took him to the vet, prescribed some drugs, put a cone on him. We went back a month or so later, his sore was exactly the same size. They had no clue what it was! They had every vet in the building look at it, but no one knew.

 

Several months pass, it still doesn't heal, we go into another vet for a second opinion. They aren't sure what it is so they sent us to their other clinic in town (both cat specialists). The second clinic cut out the sore and stitched it up. They sent his sore to be analized. The vet said that it is Angiomatosis (an almost unheard of disease in cats). His veins become disfigured, and can bleed. He said that because it is on his face, they can cut it out, stitch it up and hope that it doesn't come back. The vet said that if it is in a limb, the arm/leg may need to be amputated.

 

Our cat only got home from the vets today, so I am not sure if this will re-occur, but I thought I would let people know since this is a rare disease, and there isn't really much online about the disease. Maybe this could be suggested to vets if the symptoms are similar.

post #11 of 17

How has the heal sore done since you've had it removed? Would you mind describing what the sore looked like? Im trying to figure out what my cat has.

Thanks!

post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by courtney9337 View Post

How has the heal sore done since you've had it removed? Would you mind describing what the sore looked like? Im trying to figure out what my cat has.

Thanks!

 

What is happening with your furbaby?  Where is the wound?  How long has it been there?

post #13 of 17
Well actually the day after I posted that the scab went away! So let's see if it stays away!
post #14 of 17

I want to say I can relate to your problem and would like to know  if u found anything more about this.I to have a small male 1 yr old cat .he was a stray.Im getting him neutured next monday.In back of his ear he has a sore the  size of a dime. He keeps opening it back up.again he has had this for maybe over 3 months.I also have been using vet antibiocs in mouth and creme.but it has been no help.We have alot of cats in this area.I got the ointment and antibiotics frm a neighbor whos cat got in a fight .I know how to give the antibiotic from the weight. it is gone now.just gave him the last.well the neighbor cats is healed and all hair has grown back. but my little guy Tiger. its still bleeding an  one day it looked like it was going to be fine the next/bad  again i have a 14 yr old spayed female she hates him i cant keep them near each other.im at my wits end.but i know mites cld cause his. he does need a cone.what are we suppose to do when our cats will not stay still. keep opening the wound. did you have blood work done on her? Im having them check for feline aids an so forth. wounds that dont heal. like people will only cause the catt to become sick.how did she get this sore?does it scab up then she breaks it open? If you need help .no onewill help with Cats .in Pa they are called wildlife.we over populated with them and its ashame cause I love them both but cant afford vet bills.so i have a paid program neutering and exame.If they say he must be put down i will go crazy.but cats only  need us for food .water.i was told.I cant help I love and worry bout my pets.my indoor cat has scabs.all around her neck.and diff.places. allergys so do you think this was caused by  hot spots.  when a wound starts healing it gets ITCHY an they scratch it.please let me know how your  cat is.I will post nxt monday about his open wound then i will know whats going on. (((hugz)))

post #15 of 17

Courney read my post by loveurpet I need some advice !!!!!!!! someone anyone! im goin to crack up by nxt monday .

post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by giginano View Post

I know that it has been several years since this post was put up, but I had to do research for my cat, and I am sure there are other people googling it too.

 

My cat also had a wound that wouldn't heal. He has a sore on his face for about a year. It started to bleed pretty bad at about the 6 month point, so we took him to the vet, prescribed some drugs, put a cone on him. We went back a month or so later, his sore was exactly the same size. They had no clue what it was! They had every vet in the building look at it, but no one knew.

 

Several months pass, it still doesn't heal, we go into another vet for a second opinion. They aren't sure what it is so they sent us to their other clinic in town (both cat specialists). The second clinic cut out the sore and stitched it up. They sent his sore to be analized. The vet said that it is Angiomatosis (an almost unheard of disease in cats). His veins become disfigured, and can bleed. He said that because it is on his face, they can cut it out, stitch it up and hope that it doesn't come back. The vet said that if it is in a limb, the arm/leg may need to be amputated.

 

Our cat only got home from the vets today, so I am not sure if this will re-occur, but I thought I would let people know since this is a rare disease, and there isn't really much online about the disease. Maybe this could be suggested to vets if the symptoms are similar.

please let me know i think my cat has the same thing thanks so much loveurpet

post #17 of 17
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please let me know i think my cat has the same thing thanks so much loveurpet

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