Friday, August 31, 2018

Fellow Cat People: What's the Wound on My Cat's Head?

Trader Jimmy isn't a fan of the tutu trend!

Don't proceed from here if you get grossed out by wounds.  The rest of this post contains pictures of my cat's gaping head.  You've been warned!

Trader Jimmy is almost three years old.  We got him a little over a year ago.  Not long after, a wound started appearing on his head.  Thinking it was a hot spot, I took him to the vet.  They prescribed antibiotics.  It healed, then happened again.  Took him to a different vet.  They shaved the area, prescribed antibiotics, and put cream on it.  

Neither vet gave a specific diagnosis for what's going on or causing this to happen.  I ended up taking matters into my own hands and purchased wound spray.  Every time the wound opens, I spray until it heals.  

I've personally never seen Trader Jimmy scratching at his head.  So he must be doing it when I'm not around.  He doesn't whine or cry about it but the spot is tender to the touch.  The area keeps getting bigger every time.  He's gonna have his brain dug out soon!

Do any of you have an idea of what could be causing this?  Why does my cat feel it's necessary to walk around sporting a gash?  I know it's not cuz I made him wear a tutu!


mail4rosey said...

Aww poor guy. My sister's cat had a wound that would come back every now and then. She made some kind of homemade sulfur thing that worked, but it would always come back eventually. :( I hope you find a permanent fix for your cat!!

Unknown said...

Assuming you've already eliminated the possibility of ear mites, ringworm, or other parasites, it may be autoimmune. Dogs and cats sometimes get recurring open sores all over their body due to this. An anti-inflammatory is prescribed if that is the case. If your cat is allowed outdoors, or there are other animals in the house, I would first assume a parasite or infection. If not, I would look into getting the cat treated for autoimmune. Good luck!

Renee said...

I agree with Christina Gould's comment. My friend's cat had the same thing and he had to get, if I'm not mistaken, some kind of steroid shot every month or 2 to keep his inflammation down and keep him from scratching and licking sores all over himself. Maybe there's a low cost clinic nearby that can check him out and give him shots for less than a "normal" clinic would charge? Good luck--I hope he gets better soon!

Renee said...

And also, I'm pretty sure he's severely allergic to tutus ;)

Unknown said...

I have been dealing with something similar. We got our cat from the animal shelter less than a year ago and immediately we began seeing wounds. We would not see her scratch. The vet can run tests right away to rule out parasites/other. Our cat has seen the vet each month for steroid shots - did not work. Antibiotics - did not work. We were told cats have allergies and could be anything so they wanted to change the diet. We did flea medication. I have done all of this. Our best thing we have discovered is ( with no help or input from the vet) is discovering an anti itch spray at walmart for 6 dollars. Our cat is almost all the way healed up and if it comes back we will use this again. It has been a life saver. Cats are very sensitive animals and researching has also shown that if cats have anxiety they become scratchers.

Yvonne W. said...

Awwww poor baby! I feel bad for both of you. How frustrating to not be sure what it is and what to do to help 100% for sure. Has your furbaby improved at all or was anything else figured out since you wrote this blog post? STILL as cute as ever kissy face cutie with or without big boo boo. I hope it doesn't hurt. Awww.
I think I might suffer even more than they do if anything is wrong big or small with our animal babies. HUGS!