My fiance's cat is an inside/outside cat, male, not neutered. (We won't flame for this- there are bigger problems on the table right now. My own cat is a neutered, inside only, male cat, and I plan on making Griffyn one as well before we marry and live together.) One of those once-in-a-lifetime cats- friendliest cat in the world, you would think he's a dog the way he responds to my fiance and his children and the way he acts. Until yesterday.
Yesterday, my fiance noticed that the cat has a swollen wound with puss coming out of it on the top of his head, and his head is swollen so that one of his eyes can only partially open. Griffyn is now lethargic, sleeping more than usual and only eating a little. He tried to scratch my fiance today when my fiance touched his head- behavior unheard of for Griffyn, so we know he's in some serious pain. My fiance has severe money problems right now and I'm on an extremely fixed budget at the moment (as in, I could maybe spare $20), so we don't know how either of us can afford vet bills. But... we don't want Griffyn to be in pain or get worse... or lose him. Suggestions?!
Payment plan I'd thought of- my fiance is calling first thing tomorrow morning. Sliding scale at the local SPCA I didn't think of- we'll look into that as well. This sucks. But thank you for the suggestions.
Do you have 24 hr emergency vet nearby? I would go tonight.
If none is available try warm compresses to drain more puss and hydrate him. Cats dehydrate really fast.
I am very sorry it is happening.
I live in $$$$ area and my cat had an abscess on his face. Emergency room visit and pills were $98.
I hope it is cheaper in your area.
No 24 hour vet. My fiance's getting the kids off to school and bringing the cat right in. Griff wouldn't let anyone touch his head.
Long story short, there was no overnight vet, but the abscess burst- blood, pus everywhere on my fiance's bed- so my fiance called his late Wife's uncle is in animal rescue and he suggested peroxide until we could get to the vet. It drained overnight and Griffyn was not happy about the peroxide, but it was cleaned and drained before he even got to the vet and with antibiotics, he's almost healed up now. He's got a giant scab on the top of his head, but it's a normal scab now, and he's pretty bald on the top of his head. Griffyn's gonna have one heck of a scar, and probably be somewhat baldheaded, but he's healing nicely and back to his normal self now.
Mama to Conejita 2/2/10 and Little Stinker 6/28/13. Expecting a surprise in late March!
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