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Old August 7th 07, 01:05 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Billy
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?

I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.

We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.

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Old August 7th 07, 01:19 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Matthew
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

http://www.maxshouse.com/first_aid2.htm


"Billy" wrote in message
ups.com...
This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?

I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.

We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.



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Old August 7th 07, 02:52 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Billy
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

On Aug 6, 8:05 pm, Billy wrote:
This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?

I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.

We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.


Here's a pictu
http://www.mywebnj.com/20070806.JPG

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Old August 7th 07, 03:10 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Matthew
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

Clean the area with peroxide and a clean cloth put some Vaseline on it to
keep dirt out
GET TO THE VET ASAP it will need to be treated with more in likely
antibiotics cream and possible e-collar to keep the furball from scratching

IMO That is from scratching the area is probably infected and is causing
discomfort itching


"Billy" wrote in message
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On Aug 6, 8:05 pm, Billy wrote:
This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?

I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.

We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.


Here's a pictu
http://www.mywebnj.com/20070806.JPG



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Old August 7th 07, 03:28 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Spot
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

It sounds like an abcess under the skin, He needs seen by a vet ASAP before
this spreads and gets worse. Don't be surprised if the vet doesn't have to
deliberately open the wound up to drain it so it heals properly.

Celeste

"Billy" wrote in message
ups.com...
This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?

I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.

We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.



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Old August 7th 07, 04:48 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Billy
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

On Aug 6, 10:28 pm, "Spot" wrote:
It sounds like an abcess under the skin, He needs seen by a vet ASAP before
this spreads and gets worse. Don't be surprised if the vet doesn't have to
deliberately open the wound up to drain it so it heals properly.

Celeste

"Billy" wrote in message

ups.com...



This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?


I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.


We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


It's not pus-like and raised, it rather flat and scabby.

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Old August 7th 07, 05:02 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Rhonda[_3_]
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

I would stop the peroxide right away. Peroxide is a good cleaner but
also will not allow healing since it keeps sores open. It's good to use
once or if the sore becomes dirty or infected.

You might use something like betadine or iodine to prevent infection
until you can get into the vet (which I hope you can do tomorrow!)

It could be a skin problem, parasites, or any of a number of things. Our
cat started losing hair on his face and continued to lose more every
day. He also had a few sores. His turned out to food allergies.

Don't wait too long on this -- let us know what happens.

Rhonda

Billy wrote:
This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?

I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.

We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.


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Old August 7th 07, 05:05 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
bookie
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

On 7 Aug, 04:48, Billy wrote:
On Aug 6, 10:28 pm, "Spot" wrote:





It sounds like an abcess under the skin, He needs seen by a vet ASAP before
this spreads and gets worse. Don't be surprised if the vet doesn't have to
deliberately open the wound up to drain it so it heals properly.


Celeste


"Billy" wrote in message


oups.com...


This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?


I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.


We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


It's not pus-like and raised, it rather flat and scabby.- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -


either way, get him to a vet before he scratches it and makes it
worse, wash it with some saline solution too to clean it off, but get
him to a vet before it enlarges and becomes infected

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Old August 7th 07, 04:04 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Billy
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Default Please Help - 8 yr old Cat w/ Sore on Head

On Aug 7, 12:02 am, Rhonda wrote:
I would stop the peroxide right away. Peroxide is a good cleaner but
also will not allow healing since it keeps sores open. It's good to use
once or if the sore becomes dirty or infected.

You might use something like betadine or iodine to prevent infection
until you can get into the vet (which I hope you can do tomorrow!)

It could be a skin problem, parasites, or any of a number of things. Our
cat started losing hair on his face and continued to lose more every
day. He also had a few sores. His turned out to food allergies.

Don't wait too long on this -- let us know what happens.

Rhonda



Billy wrote:
This weekend we noticed our white/black *indoor* cat had a patch of
his hair missing from his head just over the right eyelid. It appeared
as a nail scratch from our other more agressive cat as they play fight
sometimes. I applied some peroxide on a q-tip to the area. The next
day, the area turned a pinkish/red color and grew to the size of a
dime. The area is flat, not raised or depressed, but it was becoming
bloody/crusty so I applied more peroxide on a q-tip. After only a
couple of days it seems to be moving down closer to his upper eyelid
but not yet there. We noticed new open wounds within that small area
that my wife thinks is the result of him scratching. I dont know if
it's a scratch, a growth, cancerous, eczema, etc. My question for the
vet will be, why is he scratching this - what is the underlying
condition?


I fear it may be some cancerous lesion, but my wife thinks it it just
the result of a scratch.


We will be bringin him to the Vet in a couple of days but any of your
expeiences/knowledge with the possibilities of this type of feline
skin irritation would be helpful.- Hide quoted text -


- Show quoted text -


Thanks everyone, you are a very helpful bunch. I did stop the peroxide
- wouldnt have thought of doing so unless I was able to get to Vet
quickly (not possible) so your suggestions were helpful. Strangely, it
does appear better today. We are taking him to the vet on Thurs - she
is the best vet and we wish to wait for her to return.

If the wound subsides, we will use the picture that I posted to show
her the progression, or vice-versa.

I just cant imagine what this whole thing is from - disease or wound.
Still puzzled about that.

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Old August 7th 07, 04:08 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
Rene S.
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Thanks everyone, you are a very helpful bunch. I did stop the peroxide
- wouldnt have thought of doing so unless I was able to get to Vet
quickly (not possible) so your suggestions were helpful. Strangely, it
does appear better today. We are taking him to the vet on Thurs - she
is the best vet and we wish to wait for her to return.

If the wound subsides, we will use the picture that I posted to show
her the progression, or vice-versa.

I just cant imagine what this whole thing is from - disease or wound.
Still puzzled about that.


Can you stop by the vet's office and get an e-collar to prevent her
from scratching it anymore?

Please, if the wound worsens or your cat has other symptoms
(lethargic, won't eat, fever), call your vet and request an earlier
appointment.

 




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