Originally Posted by russian_blue_kitten
It isn't possible that she was in a fight with a cat as whenever she goes out it's usually in the backyard or right behind it with someone keeping an eye out for her. She's usually not out for more than 30 minutes/an hour. (We would much rather prefer her be an indoor cat, but as she'd be in great distress if we never let her out, it's not an option. We do everything we can to keep her safe). The cuts are not that great as otherwise we would have taken her in to the emergency for sure. The vets around here are usually very packed in emergency and they do not recommend nonemergencies to come in as it causes the cats great stress. The cuts are very minor and upon inspecting the last one and the fur that came off of it, we think that it's likely a plant of some kind and not a scab after all. They are very clean and are not infected at all. We are checking them as well as the rest of her for any signs as we are very concerned.
We are using neosporin and we have checked with our vet and have made sure that it's fine to use.
Believe me, we take her to the vet regularely for check ups and she has all of her vaccines. It seems like you think we're not concerned owners, but this seems minor and the stress that she would get from getting taken into emergency (that is very busy during holidays) would simply make it worse. I am very concerned over the fact that we do not know what this is, but bringing her in over something minor could result in another cat losing his/her life because he or she really was in great danger.
Firstly, I don't believe you are irresponsible pet owners - sorry if you perceived that to be so.
To clarify my post, I believe that since you have no idea what is causing this and you can actually see the problem, it's unlikely that any of us would be able to diagnose over the internet. Indeed, in cases like UTI and URI, liver failure, etc. we can share our combined experience/knowledge of pertinent symptoms to these problems, but wounds are quite another matter. I also assumed (always wrong to assume) that since the cat goes outside, it's usually quite possible to be in a cat fight. I know from experience that Bijou is only allowed in our yard but that recently I left him unattended for minutes only and another cat came into our yard and they got into a fight. Fortunately I heard and intervened, so it can happen quickly.
If you and your vet are comfortable with just applying antibiotics, then I can only guess that there is nothing to worry about.