Desperate for help concerning a wound on my Cat

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Registered: 07-23-2004
Desperate for help concerning a wound on my Cat
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 10:09pm

I hope someone here can help me, or at least give me some good advice on what to do.

2 weeks ago, I took my cat in to the vet because he had a quarter size wound on his neck.  They determined (or made a best guess) that he had been bitten by a spider...and it had abcessed, then drained, and due to him scratching it...opened up the hole where it had drained. They cleaned him all up, shaved his neck, sedated him, put in a drainage tube and stitched the wound closed. I brought him home the next day with antibiotics to give him and instructions to return in 5 days to have the tube removed and 10 days to have the sutures removed. for this procedure, I paid over $200. I had to scrape and pinch to pay for this, and it put me back quite a bit because it was unexpected.

So today I took him in to have the sutures removed...14 days later..4 more than they told me, because I couldnt get time from work to do it. They removed the stitches (all of them) and then came out and told me that the wound was still open and they wanted to sedate him AGAIN and RE-stich it. to the tune of $150. uhm??? seriously? I was floored. I couldnt do it..I do NOT have an extra $150 right now, especially after just shelling out $200...that basically was for nothing, since it didnt work. So the tech handed me back the cat and said...ok, well...try to keep it clean and hope it heals. omg...I am soooo upset.

The cat is 9 yrs old...14 lbs, neutered male, I have had him since he was born...I owned his mother. It is killing me seeing this gaping bloody wound on his neck, I know it has to hurt, and he is sooo protective of it,....he makes it nearly impossible to get near it to "keep it clean" they told me to just flush it with cool water, nothing else. Is there anything I can do at all????  Help!!!


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Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 8:56am

I am so sorry. If it didn't heal up, it makes me wonder if there isn't something else going on. Leaving the wound open doesn't seem like a good idea - there is just too much of a chance for infection.

Check to see if there is a low cost clinic in your area that can help you out. I know around here that are at least two I can think of - it would still be a cost, but it may be less than your current vet.

I wish I had some magic info to help fix this, but it sounds like a vet situation to me.

Please let us know how he is doing.....


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Registered: 03-24-2000
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 3:39pm

Welcome to Cats and Kittens.  I just went through something like that with one of my cats.  Trouble had an infection underneath his neck that would not heal.  He was on antibiotics for about 3 months of some kind or another.  The vet took a biopsy of the area and he was finally put on the right antibiotic.  I had to keep his wound open by hot packing it twice and day with warm water and make sure it was draining. It was never stitched up.  It was an open wound about 2" long.  Once he was on the right antibiotic and keeping it draining, it healed quickly.  He had some kind of really weird infection and I have no idea where he even got it.  Thank goodness it healed and there is no sign he even had it.

I hope that your cat's infection will heal up.  I hope that you have antibiotics to give him.


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Registered: 02-02-2005
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 8:42pm

So sorry to hear about your boy... I can imagine the anxiety, be strong. My cat Missy got abcesses on her tummy twice once bitten by dog and then a cat... We use to let her out but now don't cos she is v accident prone! The vet cleaned her wound up put stiches that disolved and antibiotics the first time it was tabs and the second time since it is hard to make her swallow and she spits it out when not looking gave a antibiotic injection which is bit more expensive lasted her for 2 weeks. we made sure she didnt lick by putting a basket but your cat has a wound on his neck so can't do.

I think the vet shoud have done a better job made sure the wound is closed, now the poor cat has to take a risk. Just try other vets get a quote... Don't let him stress cos it is not good for the healing process. I think it is best to get a vet opinion.. Don't you have someone to borrow the money and pay it off later? I really hope you find a solution and puss gets better soon!

Big hug to you...



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Registered: 08-10-2003
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 11:38pm

Hi MusicMom,

The Humane Society has a list of resources--both nationwide and in various states--that can help people who are having trouble with veterinary bills. Here is the link to that page: .  They also have some other ideas on this page:, such as bringing your pet to a veterinary school for treatment plus ways to raise money.  Can you tell us what state you are in?  Maybe one of our readers can recommend resources in your area.



Community Leader
Registered: 11-20-2001
Thu, 09-20-2012 - 4:02am

Hi there and welcome. I am so sorry this has happened to your cat.  I am surprised they wanted to charge so much the 2nd time.   It seems he is not on the right anti-biotic.  Did they give you a different one to use when you went back?   Check with your local Humane Society and see if they have a Vet on staff that does low cost treatment.   Let us know how it goes and good luck!

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