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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My cat has some type of bite. He was acting strange and when

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Hi, my cat has some type of bite. He was acting strange and when I went to pick him up he gave a loud cry like he was in pain. He can walk around but he is trying to hide (which is not like him). He is spayed and neutered and up to date on his shots. He has a puncture wounds on his leg and abdomen, dilated pupils, and doesn't want to be near me (which is not usual behavior. The areas are very tender especially the one on her stomach.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years ago.

By the principle of Occam's Razor your cat was in a cat fight. You should see the other guy! He's going to need a systemic antibiotic administered by his vet or those bite wounds will abscess and then require surgical debridement, flushing, and perhaps drains installed. In general you have approximately 36 hours to administer the antibiotic in order to avoid a cellulitis - a painful inflammation of the tissue which is what you're seeing now - turning into an abscess. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.