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post #1 of 42
Thread Starter 

Due to a financal strain I do not have the money to take my cat to the vet. I just took my momma cat and her babies last week so I'm completely broke. I literally have $37.


I have successfully treated absesses before with epsom salt and warm water.


It always seems like such torture to the cat. Any other suggestions? I have been researching and a lot websites say just hot water compresses is that enough? Or should I at least soak the foot in a container of hot water?


Another website suggested Benadine.... Do you think that is better than epsom salt and can I get it at CVS?


The last suggestion I read was to squirt contact saline solution on it because its better concentrated than epsom salt.


I would love to know what you all think as well as any suggestions. Pharmacy doesnt open until 8 AM so in the meantime I'm going to just do the hot water compresses every 4 hours.


How much would a vet visit for this cost?


post #2 of 42
Thread Starter 

Just wanted to bump this up.

post #3 of 42

If your in the USA or Canada members won't be on for an hour or so yet.


Is there no vet that can do a price plan with you?.


She's bound to be in pain as well poor thing, so l hope someone can advise you more. But try ringing vets in your area to see if any of them do payment plans in the meantime



post #4 of 42
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post #5 of 42
I've treated abcesses with warm water and peroxide (but that was a long time ago and now peroxide isn't recommended--saline or Betadine would be better). But it is torture for the kitty. . .no way around that frown.gif. The important thing is to keep the abcess open so the nastiness can drain out and clean so it doesn't get infected.

You can get Betadine at CVS. I don't know if contact solution is the right concentration for a saline rinse, but they also sell pre-mixed saline wash at pharmacies.
post #6 of 42
Thread Starter 

I used hydrogen peroxide on a cat once and watched its skin literally melt away! The vet had never seen anything like it before. We actually lost him because of it. I still have so much guilt over that. And using hydrogen peroxide was what the vet instructed us to do!


I went out and got the bentadine. Of course this has to happen to my grumpy boy. He's the kind of cat that wants nothing to do with you unless hes in the mood, and its rare. So it's very hard to get the medicine on him.


I tried compress wraps with the benadine, that didn't work. He has a very loud growl and he scares the crap out of me. I try not to let it, but I always jump when he growls and hisses.


I ended up just dumping a solution of water and benadine over his leg. That was the best that I could do.


Oh did I mention that he is a solid black cat, so I can't even see the opening. I just see the swollen area and little drops of green pus.

post #7 of 42
It needs to open so the infection can come out. If you can't make it open (sometimes just soaking the dried pus off will do it, but sometimes it needs to be lanced), then you'll have to get the vet to do it. The infection could go systemic if something isn't done frown.gif.
post #8 of 42
Thread Starter 

Will soaking it in Benadine make the abcess rupt or should I go get some epsom salt? Can I use table salt until the pharmacy opens in the morning?

post #9 of 42

Is there any reason for not taking the cat to the vets?  My experience of abcesses is that with antibiotics they clear up quickly and well.

post #10 of 42
Originally Posted by OrientalSlave View Post

Is there any reason for not taking the cat to the vets?  My experience of abcesses is that with antibiotics they clear up quickly and well.

The member said she's short on finances so that's why l suggested finding a vet that does payment plans.


Can no one lend you the cash,  or have you nothing you can sell?




post #11 of 42
Thread Starter 

After soaking it for two days the swelling wasn't going down.So I picked the scab off. There was a hole the size of a pencil eraser. I drained all the pus out of it, about 2 teaspoons full. He seems much happier. He's still limping but he was cuddling and purring iwth me earlier. The past 4 days all he has been doing is hiding. So he's behaving like my normal boy again. Hopefully it starts to heel. How often should I wash it, treat it with benadine, and squeeze the pus out?

post #12 of 42
Please refer to the forum rules:

No online advice can replace direct veterinary intervention. If you suspect that your cat may be ill, please contact your vet immediately. You are welcome to look for advice in the health forum while waiting for that appointment, but never delay proper veterinary care waiting for Internet advice. Remember that cats, and especially kittens, are very adept in keeping pain to themselves and delaying treatment may cause irreversible damage.

The advice given here cannot take into account your cat’s previous history, and nobody here can give your cat a physical exam to check for any abnormalities. Please feel free to get opinions here, but take your cat to the vet, and discuss any possible solutions with your vet to get their expert, medical opinion first.
post #13 of 42

Mind you, these were the instructions given to me by my vet to treat an abscess that had been lanced and drained:


You should be flushing it, not just washing it, but I was told to soak and clean twice a day at minimum, more often if the cat tolerates it well, up to four times daily.

post #14 of 42
Thread Starter 

Panther has started limping tonight. I went to try to drain it again and noticed that there's no longer an opening or a scab.


A vet is not possible until Monday. Is there anything that I can do? Should I try epsom salt?

post #15 of 42
Thread Starter 

I held him down and found another scab on the back of his leg. I couldn't get anything out of it. Tomorrow I'm going to try some epsom salt. Hopefully that will be okay until Monday. There's no visible swelling, just his limping.

post #16 of 42

Can you not ring the vet for advice on using Epsom salts?. If they know your going to go on Monday i'm sure they'll advise you because the cats obviously in pain

post #17 of 42
If the abscess has closed up, your cat needs a vet, NOW. The poison from the infection is now going into the bloodstream. Monday will be much too late. Your cat needs immediate veterinary treatment, Today.

I'm praying your boy will be okay. But please, get him medical attention today.
post #18 of 42

I agree that your cat needs a vet ASAP. The only thing worse than an abscess is a closed abscess where the gunk has no place to go but further inside your cat. You can possibly treat an opened abscess, but you cannot treat a closed abscess yourself.

post #19 of 42

by the way, obviously if it is infected take it to the vet. i figure that's an obvious one but who knows with people haha

post #20 of 42

The official position of this site has always been and always will be - if something is medically wrong with your cat, go see a vet.


There is no way for anyone to diagnose a cat online and a professional veterinarian is the only one qualified to diagnose and offer treatment. Suggesting otherwise is irresponsible and trying to replace that with online advice is not allowed here. If our human children are ill, we go see a doctor. Our cats deserve the same standard of treatment.


Again, I wish to remind everyone that providing medical advice is against our forum rules (for the reasons stated here). Thank you.


Can't afford a vet? We have an article suggesting solutions -

post #21 of 42

The last time my semi -feral had an abscess the vet had me put hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and wipe the wound with it. This was after they had squeezed the pus out and then put hydrogen peroxide on it multiple times. I tried the same thing when i got a bad bite on my thumb and it got infected. it was over the holidays and i kept squeezing the pus out and then wiping it down 

post #22 of 42
Any animal shelter that has a vet on board - kill or no kill shelter will treat your cat for free. This is a medical emergency. I have dealt with ferals and abscesses and I am telling you and anyone that the animal will surely suffer from the pain as a human would. Humans with abscesses have to have antibiotics and/ or be hospitalized so infection doesnt spread to the heart and other organs. Please go online and contact the nearest animal shelter they will help you. xo-roni
post #23 of 42
This post is from 2012 lol.
post #24 of 42
ROFL!!! i guess i better pay attention to dates!!!
post #25 of 42

I have fostered cats for 15+ years and helped with local spay and release programs.  For years my vet was only a few miles away so with any incident I would quickly take anyone in distress to the clinic.  I have to say around 90% of the time I came home with amoxicillin (even once when I thought a cat had been hit by a car because it couldn't move it's hind quarters- no. had just been in a fight- and for an incorrectly diagnosed incident of feline leukemia).  At any rate, I now live HOURS from the nearest vet so a lot of times "go to the vet!!" isn't an option for me, even if I could afford to treat every poor suffering stray I now see out in the country. 


Many people here have numerous cats and this is what they do:  get a 1oz bottle with a dropper (I bought 6 for $6 on Amazon).  Then buy 500m Fish Amoxicillin (I get mine on ebay for around $15 a 100 capsule bottle- it's human grade, made in the USA and is used to clear infections in the water- no prescription needed) and dissolve one capsule in the bottle filled with warm water.  Keep in the refrigerator after mixed- throw out after 10 day dosing)  Give affected cat one dropper full daily in a little milk, squirted on treats or in a dap of wet food.  I continue dosing for 10 days.  That's 15 cents to heal an abscess completely, usually the same way a vet would.


I am eternally grateful to the neighbor who set me up with my first bottle.  Upon moving here my Henry got into a fight with the local tom who officially "owned our yard".  His leg was leaking a clear bloody ooze and wouldn't heal.  If the wound is open Neosporin works really well but he was so freaked out he was hiding up in the barn and I couldn't get close enough to treat him.  My neighbor's "home remedy" healed it up right away.  I have since cleared up huge swollen paws, ruptures down a cats back from dog encounters, infected spaying incisions, ear-tippings that have gone terribly wrong, and most recently a swollen side of a face that was so bad the eye couldn't even open.


I know many of you are going to say this is irresponsible and dangerous but for most of these cats (in my instance at least) it was my treatment or nothing.  Cats fight and fighting causes abscesses, fact of "cat life".  My sister once said to me "what if he has a tumor?"- well what if?  The stray I'm helping realistically has no chance of getting chemo and if it's my own, three days usually makes the wound heal or bump go down so I know if it was an infection and continue treating.  If three days makes that big of a difference in what ever hypothetical cancer my cat might have then his chances weren't good anyway and it was meant to be.


I read these forums and never have I seen my solution.  Yes you are taking a chance but in the five years I've been doing this I've relieved so much suffering and have NEVER had a problem.  I'm doing the exact same thing the vets had me do all those years- just no "vendor vet".  Honestly, I thought this last swollen face (my first experience with one) might have to be drained after reading the vet tech comments.   But, I've never had a vet drain anything on my cats in the past,  maybe that's all they see because that's procedure in their office???   Sure enough the swollen face was fine in a couple days, no draining required this time.


Yes, if it's possible go to your vet immediately if your cat has an issue,  That is the best advice you can get but if you're on here that might not be a possibility and I can relate.  Your cats don't have to suffer because of it, I'm proof.  I have outdoor cats that are in their late teens.  Good luck :)

post #26 of 42

I was a nurse in an old folks home for 20 years.This kind of care is what we do for humans,after a time when medicine cant help.

It is called palliative care or remedy.You do the best you can for the suffering soul with what you have at hand.

Feral/abandoned cats I believe benefit from these treatments,thank you so much for passing this on.

I know someday I will use this remedy for one of my own.

post #27 of 42

Thank you chloekay!

post #28 of 42

To: lorindaleigh

I see your posting is from 2012.  If the situation is still going on – maybe the following can help:


I had a cat wearing an elizabethan collar to protect a tumor removal over her eye. Being a smart, strong-willed cat - She figured out she could GET to the wound by walking into furniture that didn't hit the collar.  So, I took the collar off.  Hitting furniture could make the wound worse!  So - She took all the stitches out.  She had a gaping wound - About 1" across - and hanging open 1/4" all the way across.


Not knowing what else to do, I knew that the Transfer Factor I use might help with the pain/itching she was going after. I opened a capsule of Transfer Factor - and poured all the powder into this wound,  It all fit in! And - wonder of wonders - my cat stopped trying to scratch at the wound.  The TF stopped the pain/itching.  And, the wound closed up - without the stitches - as if there had never been a cut there at all. I kid you not.  I would not make this stuff up!



In my experience, this has been INCREDIBLE in curing/controlling virtually any illness or wound.  And, it also helps A LOT with pain.  And, with Healing properly. [It has relieved my pain - and my cats' pain - fast - from Chancre Sores, and helped them heal quickly.]  This Transfer Factor formula is designed for oral use - comes as a powder in capsules.  You can open the capsules and mix the powder with a VERY SMALL amount of water to make a paste which you can apply to injury (Or, drip the powder on/in if it will stay there).  [I used the powder directly on the chancre sores in my mouth (and my cats).]


Your cat could also benefit from taking the Transfer Factor internally.  TF builds up the immune system QUICKLY by introducing immune molecules into the body - and causing the body to produce more of its OWN White Blood Cells.  I use it for myself to keep my Lyme Disease under control - and I've used it (In VERY HIGH doses) to save the lives of animals that vets had given up on. I became a distributor to get better pricing - because I use so much for myself and for my own cats.


Transfer Factor is VERY safe.  Transfer Factors (A Medical Term) are the same molecules that babies get in mom's first milk - Colostrum) - which passes on Mom's immunities to the baby. And, it will not interfere with any medications. (Except - INDIRECTLY - with High Dose Steroids.  Steroids knock down the body's immune cells. Transfer Factor builds them up. So, they work at cross-purposes).]  Before antibiotics, many doctors used TF for patients with serious issues.  It is included in The Physician's Desk Reference (From 2001 or 2003)


If you also use it internally on your cat (or person!) – IF the cat has a high germ load:

It's rare, but, on occasion, this could result in Diarrhea, because the TF kills off so many germs quickly – that a lot of toxins from these germs are released into the blood – which is what causes the diarrhea.  So, keep around some instant mashed potatoes (Plain – to avoid chemical ingredients) – or baby cereal rice cereal.  You can add this to their food to control the diarrhea, while temporarily lowering (Not stopping) the TF.  It's best to start off with a low dose - (1/2 capsule for adult cat) - and increase with each meal if there's no sign of diarrhea.  Up to a level that seems to WORK.  (Maybe up to 6 or 10/Day?)  It's safe.  I don't think it's possible to overdose.  I've given as much as 1 whole capsule PER HOUR to a 7 week old kitten (who was maybe 1 lb) who was dying.  The kitten rallied!


PS: 4Life Transfer Factor is NOT the same as Colostrum  - which you can find easily in Health Food Stores.  4Life EXTRACTS the immune molecules (Transfer Factors)  from the colostrum – so they are MUCH MORE CONCENTRATED (2000x).  And - since it doesn't contain any milk (Which Colostrum does) - it can be used Cross-Species – and can even be administered sub-cutaneously).  I specify the company 4LIfe - because this is the only company I have found that manufactures a formula with only PURE Transfer Factor Molecules - without other supplements or additives.


TO GET 4LIFE TRANSFER FACTOR : Not generally sold in retail stores.  You can get it from the 4Life site - or from a distributor. They don’t sell in Retail Stores (except rarely - and very expensively!).


TF is fairly expensive - but - well worth the price. ($39/Bottle for 90 capsules – which will last quite a while). Cats GENERALLY like the taste. I have found that they will often lick the TF powder off the top of their food before they eat the rest! If this doesn’t happen, you can mix it in with a small amount of food)



You might try putting Colloidal Silver on/in the ulcer.  Colloidal Silver is strongly germicidal (With ANY type of germ it comes in contact with). It's like iodine - except - it doesn't burn like iodine.   CS also has relieved my pain from chancre sores in my mouth – and my cats’ mouths - very quickly. And, it's not harmful if it's ingested.  (I often use it orally for myself - and for my cats).

The best form to use is TRUE Colloidal Silver.  Hard to get in Health Food Stores.  Colloidal Silver is the label put on various forms of silver.  (Read the back ingredient labels!)   I don't use Silver Protein - it is easily contaminated, as it contains organic matter.  I don't use Ionic Silver - It helps - but, it dissipates quickly - because ions dissipate quickly. The only silver I use is TRUE Colloidal Silver - which is a Silver COLLOID - which contains actual particles of silver.  This will not dissipate.  In my opinion - Mesosilver is the best - which I can only find on the internet.  (Don’t shake it – as colloids, by definition, are not “In solution” – they are SUSPENDED  in water – and can come out of suspension if shaken too much.  I also would not refrigerate it, as the cold temperature potentially could also force out the silver.)  If you want to use it in eyes (if there are ulcers near eyes/nose.) - and you use the Mesosilver - I would dilute it, as the strong formulation could sting a bit.  Mesolsilver is 20ppm.  3-5ppm is more comfortable for eyes - and effective.  So - simply add some water - Add 3 water to one mesolsilver.  This will give you a concentration of 5ppm. 


If I had to choose only one of the above – I would choose Transfer Factor – as it’s immune-BOOSTING properties are better.


Good Luck, Jackie Page     

post #29 of 42

I can't find the Fish amoxicillin you spoke of on The only one showing says you need a prescription for. Can you please send me a link fot it ASAP? Or can I buy some from you? I can't tell you how much we've spent at the vets this past year but it's unbelievable. We need help fast as now our daughter's beautiful Siamese has yet another rump abscess & has been sleeping constantly!  Thank you.

post #30 of 42
If he's been given amoxicillin for abscesses many times before, it may no longer be effective. But for sources, try Jeffers or Revival. They kind of specialize in farmers/hunters/other people who do home vetting.
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