my female cat has developed weeping? raw area on belly she keeps licking it
Have tried antibiotics and steroids. Hasn't helped. Haven't seen vet yet. Cat is not in pain.
on Oct 28th 2011
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You haven't taken her to a vet, and yet you're giving her antibiotics and steroids? So you've made your own diagnosis and created a treatment plan based upon... what exactly? Where and how did you obtain these prescription medications that you're using? BAD IDEA.
This poor cat needs to be examined and diagnosed by a vet. A "weeping and raw" area is obviously not normal and could lead to an infection, if it's not infected already. You say she isn't in pain, but you could not possibly know this for a fact. Cats are instinctively adept at hiding pain.
Stop treating her on your own, and get her to a vet immediately.
While R & R's advice may seem harsh, they are absolutely right. The weeping, raw area on her belly is only a symptom of what's going on. She may have a raging infection throughout her body and without knowing what kind of infection, it's impossible to treat with any old antibiotic. You really can't tell if she is in pain or not. Animals are VERY good at hiding pain until it's almost too late. If you haven't taken her to a vet because of financial concerns, I've never known any vet to turn away a sick animal because the owner couldn't pay right away. Most vets will treat first and worry about payment later, especially in these economic times. If you haven't taken her because you think you can "cure" her, please understand that unless you have a full lab and locker of the appropriate (and non-fatal) medications and the knowledge to use them, chances are you won't cure her and could kill her.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 10/31/11. Helpful? / 0