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My name is***** and I am sorry to hear that Keira has an abscess. Where is the abscess on her body? Can you put a tiny t-shirt (like an infant onesie) on her to cover the wound?
The best treatment for open abscesses is antibiotics and to minimize licking. You can minimize licking with an e-collar or a t-shirt. Some cats actually leave the abscesses alone after they are open and cleaned because they are no longer painful.
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First, yes, an e-collar is the same as a cone. It stands for Elizabethan Collar, similar to collars that Queen Elizabeth used to wear in the 1600s.
I would try taking off the collar and see if she leaves the wounds alone. Are the wounds starting to dry out? Once they are dry, most cats usually leave the wounds alone. The problem would be if the wounds have stitches in them. External stitches often drive cats crazy and they will pull them out.
Besides that, I don't have any other ideas, but you may have to weigh the pros and cons of no collar and licking the wounds vs her going crazy with collar on.
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