My cat has a scratch on his paw and there is green stuff coming out. My cats paw is also swollen and the scratch smells.

The scratch has been there for about 6 days and it has a lot of puss around it and also a green substance coming out of it,when we found this we put it into some salt water to clean it.After a little while the scratch started to smell and got redder and much worse.3 days after this his paw has swollen up and is much bigger than his other paw,the green substance is still there,it's red and still smells.

Asked by Member 1031809 on Apr 25th 2011 Tagged scratch, swollen, paw in Emergencies & First Aid
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You need to call the vet before this goes any further and the poor thing loses his paw from this horrible infection. Would you even question this if it was a scratch on your own hand oozing puss and smelly green stuff? No, you would go the the ER.

Allie answered on 4/25/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Allie is right. If you can afford the Internet and a computer, you can afford to take this baby to the vet. He has a massive infection. The salt water is not a disinfectant or an antibiotic and probably hurt like heck when you put it on his wound. You can't seriously think that we would be able to do anything for him through a computer. He needs medication and fast or, like Allie says, he will lose his paw and quite possible his life.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/25/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Linus (Dreamboat #72a)

I agree with Allie and Izzy. Your cat needs to see a vet ASAP. It definitely sounds like he has a severe infection in his paw/leg. Please understand, we are NOT vets here, only people who love cats. Even if we were vets, no one could diagnose or treat your cat over the internet. Good luck at the vet, and please post an update.

Linus (Dreamboat #72a) answered on 4/25/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Oh, dear, why hasn't it occurred to you that green, smelly pus is NOT something that's going to go away on its own? Your kitty needs antibiotics, at the very least. Antibiotics are cheap, but chances are that the wound will have to be drained, and that follow-up visits will be necessary. If you don't get your kitty treated by a vet, the likelihood is that it is going to die of a systemic infection. If you wait too long to take him to the vet, he may need to have his paw amputated, and THAT will cost even more. As the other posters say, take him to the vet NOW.

Chibi answered on 4/26/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer