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My cat has a burst cyst or abscess on her back; she seems to

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My cat has a burst cyst or abscess on her back; she seems to be in no pain, but it *is* a running sore. How should I treat it until I can get her to the vet?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
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It is also recommended to clean the area itself.

If possible, shaving with clippers (not scissors) is recommended to remove hair and debris from around the area. Please do not use scissors as you can accidentally cut the skin.

Other recommendations we consider then are the use of antibacterial shampoo products. (
EXAMPLE HERE) - often not to bathe the entire body, but to scrub the local area with a moist towel for example.

If there is licking at the area, getting an e-collar from the pet store is also recommended to prevent further self-trauma. The E-collar should be used until the skin is healed which may take 7-10 days.

Once cleaned, some veterinarians also use certain sprays such as gentocin or even topical neosporin. - Animax can be considered as well. (

I hope the above information is helpful in making your cat feel better!
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