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What antibiotic is used for cat abscess

Antibiotics are used to treat either bacterial or fungal infections. If the infection is bacterial, antibiotics work by destroying the bacteria. If the infection is fungal, antibiotics work by preventing the fungus from growing.

A vet will prescribe the correct antibiotic for your cat.

What is the difference between a fungal infection and a bacterial infection?

The difference between bacterial and fungal infections is that a bacterial infection will cause a swelling in the foot or paw. A fungal infection will not cause a swelling.

What signs does my cat have a bacterial infection?

Signs of bacterial infections include:

Swelling around the affected foot or paw

A foul smell coming from the infected area

Signs of a fungal infection include:

A separation of the skin around the affected foot or paw

How are bacterial infections treated?

The vet will prescribe the correct antibiotic for your cat. A cat that has a bacterial infection will be at risk for developing a secondary infection if not treated with antibiotics.

How are fungal infections treated?

A vet will prescribe the correct antifungal for your cat. The antifungal will prevent the fungus from growing. Preventing the fungus from growing will sometimes cause the skin to slough off.

My cat is limping. What should I do?

If your cat is limping, or has difficulty walking or jumping, it is very important to take your cat to the vet. Be sure to take a stool sample from your cat so the vet can test it for internal parasites.

Keep your cat inside

Keep your cat inside, and in a quiet room.

Keep your cat inside, and in a quiet room. Provide frequent small meals

Provide food and water often. If the cat becomes dehydrated, it may not be able to keep itself clean by licking and cleaning.

Provide food and water often. If the cat becomes dehydrated, it may not be able to keep itself clean by licking and cleaning. Keep your cat warm

Keep your cat warm at all times.

Keep your cat warm at all times. Contact the vet

Contact your vet immediately if your cat does not appear to be improving.

How can I prevent bacterial infections in my cat?

Careful hygiene is the best way to prevent bacterial infections in cats.

What is the best way to clean my cat's feet?

You should never use a human washcloth or sponge to clean your cat's feet. Human soaps and detergents are not good for cats' skin. You should use a mild soap and a damp cloth.

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