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My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.

 
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My beautiful, intelligent cat that has been with me 10 or more years has a terrible wound from an abscess that burst after she got in a fight with a neighborhood kitty:
[link to www.kindagamey.com]

i can look inside the damn thing and see her... meat, or something. (shit, i thought we were just bloodbags.)

she is keeping it clean and i gave her antibiotics, no infection, but the damn thing is HUGE and it is not going away. she's cleaning it a lot, maybe it never gets a chance to heal?

Anyway, I took her to the vet a month ago before it had burst, they gave me the antibiotic. Then I went in today and showed them the wound and they want $500 for two sutures! Plus they want to drug her up with all their traditional bullshit and we don't want them drugs.

So what do I do?

(This is my first poll ever. Hope it's worth the money.)
 Quoting: KindaGamey



That animal has nine lives. Sounds like it needs to use a life line!
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
Yeah but they are freaking money-grubbers! I can tell. They try and upsize me more than McDonalds does. I just don't feel right about it.


The only thing that's going to upsize is the size and condition of the wound.

Are you really willing to put your cat through infection, tissue necrosis, and many other possible ailments because a website tells you to?

For all I care, after you take it to the vet to have it cleaned, stitched, and whatever else, you can stick healing crystals in your ears and dance naked under the moon.

Bottom line: You are not qualified to handle this on your own, and you are putting your cat at risk of pain and further infection if you do so.
 Quoting: TunafishSammiches


Your cat has given you 10 years of affection, $500 is cheap, either take it to a vet or put it down. Choose wisely, karma is a bitch.
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I've always trusted how God created cats and over time while having several cats at different times.....not only have never kept the cats updated with shots, but two of the cats acquired abcesses from fights, which over time healed themselves.

and one was about 2 1/2 inches across, which my daughter, while wearing latex gloves, applied pressure around the exterior of the wound to get most of the infection out...


then within a week or so, voila...it was fine and the hair grew back.

That's always amazed me too....how the fur falls out around the infected area which keeps it cleaner and exposed to the air.

Trust their natural defenses and quite spending so much money on their upkeep.
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My beautiful, intelligent cat that has been with me 10 or more years has a terrible wound from an abscess that burst after she got in a fight with a neighborhood kitty:
[link to www.kindagamey.com]

i can look inside the damn thing and see her... meat, or something. (shit, i thought we were just bloodbags.)

she is keeping it clean and i gave her antibiotics, no infection, but the damn thing is HUGE and it is not going away. she's cleaning it a lot, maybe it never gets a chance to heal?

Anyway, I took her to the vet a month ago before it had burst, they gave me the antibiotic. Then I went in today and showed them the wound and they want $500 for two sutures! Plus they want to drug her up with all their traditional bullshit and we don't want them drugs.

So what do I do?

(This is my first poll ever. Hope it's worth the money.)
 Quoting: KindaGamey


Active raw manuka honey. It's around $ 23 a jar, but worth it.
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11/04/2008 07:32 AM
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
Here's what I did when I was a poor Democrat.

Drop your cat off at the animal shelter.

make sure it's a no kill shelter!!!!!!!!

Usually they HAVE TO TREAT WOUNDED ANIMALS AS A PART OF THEIR CHARTER.

So tell them "you found a stray".

They'll treat him and you can go back in a week or so and "adopt" him.

I know I'm a douche for doing this, but I was young, poor and really cared about a sick stray that i had taken in. It worked like a charm.
 Quoting: Cunning_linguist


No, that doesn't make you a douche, you did what was best for the cat. You saw he got the care he needed. I volunteered at a shelter, and the real "douches" would just dump the animal and never look back.
Animal shelters have funds for this type of thing, and contributions are always needed and appreciated. You did right by him. hf
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Yeah but they are freaking money-grubbers! I can tell. They try and upsize me more than McDonalds does. I just don't feel right about it.


The only thing that's going to upsize is the size and condition of the wound.

Are you really willing to put your cat through infection, tissue necrosis, and many other possible ailments because a website tells you to?

For all I care, after you take it to the vet to have it cleaned, stitched, and whatever else, you can stick healing crystals in your ears and dance naked under the moon.

Bottom line: You are not qualified to handle this on your own, and you are putting your cat at risk of pain and further infection if you do so.
 Quoting: TunafishSammiches


Wow... somebody with some actual sense.

Bottom line, OP, is you are a fucking waste of breath if you do not take your cat to the vet NOW. The fact that you would let your cat suffer because you think vets are scam artists or cost too much speaks volumes about your character.

And the rest of you suggesting various treatments need to shut the fuck up.

End of thread.
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Damn. Its getting to where we need socailized medicine for our pets. Last time I took my cat to the vet it was $600 just to tell me she might have cancer and is dying.
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11/04/2008 08:00 PM
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide in it.Pack with neosporin.Bandage.Repeat daily until healed.Done.Cost 10 bucks max.Better than the vet.Priceless info.Ignore at your own peril.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 541373


Ditto. Has worked on more than one of my cats over the years.
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When my cat Rusty had his whole flank exposed, I kept pouring hydrogen peroxide on it. It slowly closed up from the outside. The vet actually told me that was the best thing to do. The vet said he couldn't sew it up, because it would not be able to drain. Rusty has a scar, but he is fine.
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
I want to thank everyone who shared info on colloidal silver. My cat had the two 2 mammary glands removed, and the vet really botched it. The skin over it died and left a big hole. I prayed because I didn't think it would ever heal. I found your info on colloidal silver, and she is healing. It is like a miracle, and I am so grateful that God guided me to you, and I'm so grateful that people shared what they knew about the silver.
Thank you. I'm sure you saved my cat's life.
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
I want to thank everyone who shared info on colloidal silver. My cat had the two 2 mammary glands removed, and the vet really botched it. The skin over it died and left a big hole. I prayed because I didn't think it would ever heal. I found your info on colloidal silver, and she is healing. It is like a miracle, and I am so grateful that God guided me to you, and I'm so grateful that people shared what they knew about the silver.
Thank you. I'm sure you saved my cat's life.
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Glad to hear ther great news!
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I treated a few battle wounds on my cat...After the initial cleaning, I clipped the hair around the wound....Just sprayed the wound with colloidal silver a few times daily, monitor for infection and he healed up nicely...in the last fight, I treated his missing ear the same way....tough?...he haz it...
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
DO LOVE THE CAT?
DO YOU WANT IT TO DIE?
IS MY CAT WORTH IT?
DUMBASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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extrenal essiac tea google natural pet herbs for......

herbalhealer.com has info for natural pet remedies
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if you realy love and care about your cat you would treat it like your child
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I got 10 years with this cat, I can't do that.
I'll get the stitches, but I'm going to a different vet. I'm sure I can find cheaper.

 Quoting: KindaGamey

I hope you went and had this done. Don't wait too long or the cat may have to be put down. The abcess sounds awful and the infection could go all through its body.

Ask if it is possible to pay it off on a regular schedule..Most vets would agree.


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Active raw manuka honey. It's around $ 23 a jar, but worth it.
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Glad it's a damn sight cheaper in Aussie!
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
Find another vet who'll do it more cheaply. I had a cat sown up for $150.00.
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Find another vet who'll do it more cheaply. I had a cat sown up for $150.00.
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I meant sewn
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
I hope you read my post.


You take care of your cat and get him/her the best care you can. He/she's your buddy! You must take good care of him/her.



Cough up the money.



Fucking shit car broke down assembled in china mexico and canada; 800 dollar fix, head gasket. Had to cough up the money. Didnt like it. Take care of your cat. Love 'em for me.
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
How bizarre that this thread pops back up. I mean, this thing is aaaaaaaaages old!?

Here's the rest of the story:

I went to a different vet and pleaded with him to give me a lower cost solution. He gave me a different antibiotic and told me to call him if it didn't clear up.

It did. It cleared up and started healing itself after only a day or two.

So, had I shelled out for $500, staples, shaving, and all that garbage I would have not only traumatized the cat, but I would have been out some serious cash. Instead, I only needed to buy a different antibiotic.

I know all of you were concerned for the cat and I don't blame you for your knee-jerk, "Just throw money at it!" suggestions, but I'm telling you I got a real shady feeling about this veterinary hospital. They have top notch everything and cater to the rich and just want to pants you every time - nothing to do with the health and safety of the animal.

She's fine.
I love her.

I just got back from a week's vacation and she's all over me like stink.
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
If your vet sutures it I imagine he will insert a drain. You want this wound to heal from the inside out.
If I were treating it I would a couple of times per day use a syringe and inject some hydrogen peroxide in it whille holding the cat for it to work. Irrigation is quite remarkable. So if you are not going to take the cat for veterinary care you might consider this. The anitbiotics, the cat is licking these away, so they do little unless the wound is located in a manner that you can put a 'collar' one that keeps her unable to lick it. If she is oth4erwise healthy and does not have one of the more resistant pathogens, keeping it irrigated should allow for healing. Some doctors and vets no longer use hydrogen peroixide but many do and if you do not like that try betadine, irrigation. Do not bandage it. It must heal from the inside out or you will have another abcess.
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Hydrogen peroxide is the worst thing for an open wound unless it just happened. It kills beneficial cells and bacteria. Use rubbing alcohol two or three times a day. Keep neosporin or polysporin on the wound. Colloidal silver is something to think about using maybe after you clean it with alcohol.

Peroxide will keep the wound from ever healing!

I am not a vet, but a vet tech.

Taping up the leg to cover the wound would also be beneficial.
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Look at the original date. This was a donkey's age ago. I'm really not sure why it was bumped.
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Look at the original date. This was a donkey's age ago. I'm really not sure why it was bumped.
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Because we love cats around here.
Almost as much as we love DOOM.
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get him/her to stop licking the wound, but don't put bandage on

I wouldn't pay the prize, but I don't have the money. If you're rich, and can miss it, pay it. If not, don't. Good chance it will heal. Just have her stop licking it.
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
How bizarre that this thread pops back up. I mean, this thing is aaaaaaaaages old!?

Here's the rest of the story:

I went to a different vet and pleaded with him to give me a lower cost solution. He gave me a different antibiotic and told me to call him if it didn't clear up.

It did. It cleared up and started healing itself after only a day or two.

So, had I shelled out for $500, staples, shaving, and all that garbage I would have not only traumatized the cat, but I would have been out some serious cash. Instead, I only needed to buy a different antibiotic.

I know all of you were concerned for the cat and I don't blame you for your knee-jerk, "Just throw money at it!" suggestions, but I'm telling you I got a real shady feeling about this veterinary hospital. They have top notch everything and cater to the rich and just want to pants you every time - nothing to do with the health and safety of the animal.

She's fine.
I love her.

I just got back from a week's vacation and she's all over me like stink.
 Quoting: KindaGamey

ah ok, good to hear
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Re: My cat has a huge abscess hole - I can see inside! Vet wants $500.
Need to find a new vet. I have a cat whose always getting absesses (likes to tangle with strays) Surgery +15 days of cage time/antibiotics is 250$, Payable when you can. Then again, shes an animal lover who will work for free if she can save an animal and the owner is in distress cant pay. Probably why shes as poor as the animals she treats hehe.
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I always doctored my own kitties...
she had a big stinking pussie wound and I sprayed a combo of colloidal silver oil of oregano and hydrogen peroxide on it.
She healed up fast!!!
 Quoting: the Questeon ?

I used to have a cat that was always getting absesses. I would only poor peroxide on the wound. The cat takes care of the rest.

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