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LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 14:33:15

Can anyone help with this please?

The gingery patches look like fur loss.

Still eating and drinking as far as I can tell.

thecatneuterer Wed 25-Oct-17 14:44:03

In that spot in particular flea allergy would be my first thought. It's pretty rare for cats to get mange. Ringworm is another possibility but you tend to see that on the ears and face first.

Or if it's just one patch may be she had a scab and it's come off, along with the hair.

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 14:48:21

He is an outdoor (Neutered) semi feral cat.

Does it need a vet or could it just be treated by myself?

I have cat flea stuff here but won't it sting if I apply?

thecatneuterer Wed 25-Oct-17 14:50:11

Well that spot is near his tail isn't it? And the flea stuff goes on the back of the neck, so that should be fine. What flea stuff do you use?

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 14:51:33

No it's just down from his neck towards the left hand side

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 14:52:34

I have the flea stuff from the Vets.

thecatneuterer Wed 25-Oct-17 14:56:00

Ah. I didn't quite get the photo in that case. So now I think flea allergy is less likely and yes, you can't put it on broken skin. If he is up to date with flea stuff (and it's not Frontline) then it shouldn't be that.

I think if he's semi feral I would leave it for a bit to see what happens. If it gets worse then you will need the vet, but it could well just resolve itself.

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 14:58:34

Do I attempt to clean with salt water?

Can't be 100% he is up to date with flea stuff.

thecatneuterer Wed 25-Oct-17 15:10:38

You could, but it probably won't make much difference. I would just wait and see for a while

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 15:13:40

Thank you

Wolfiefan Wed 25-Oct-17 15:14:38

Could it be an abscess?

thecatneuterer Wed 25-Oct-17 15:16:58

Yes. If you can see broken skin then a vet trip would be a good idea.

Wolfiefan Wed 25-Oct-17 15:18:47

Second pic looks like a very wet wound. Made me think burst abscess.

thecatneuterer Wed 25-Oct-17 15:27:28

Yes. Now I look properly at the second photo - you're right Wolfie.

Wolfiefan Wed 25-Oct-17 15:31:15

Definitely vet then.

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 15:55:37

Damn, was hoping to avoid that.

Hopefully I can catch him, will use the little bit of savings I have so DH will never need to know.

I just hope the vet does not say he needs to be kept indoors after treatment, not sure how my dogs would take to having a cat around and how I would hide a cat from DH.

LittleLights Wed 25-Oct-17 16:18:49

Managed to grab him with help from a neighbour to have another look

Wolfiefan Wed 25-Oct-17 16:54:52

Don't know. Could be an abscess. Looks dryer in that pic. Could equally be something like ringworm. Does look very sore.

thecatneuterer Thu 26-Oct-17 11:47:45

Yep. I agree with Wolfie. It's very hard to tell from that photo. You could try the 'wait and see' thing for a few days as, if it was an abscess, it appears to be healing well.

LittleLights Fri 27-Oct-17 18:05:09

I have kept an eye on him and I'm pleased to update it's almost healed and the fur that look missing is coming back.

Will try to take an update photo later on.

Wolfiefan Fri 27-Oct-17 18:10:34

That sounds really positive.

LittleLights Sat 28-Oct-17 12:16:54

Any tips on how to slowly introduce him to living in a house and meeting the dogs?

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