Last November Milo, and his kitty buddy Mumford, were adopted into their new home. Two kittens usually have energy to spare, love to play hard, and try to keep up with each other. Around Christmas time, the family noticed some changes happening to Milo. His tummy was becoming bigger, and by January, he was eating only half of his usual amount of food. His energy level had dropped substantially, especially noticeable in comparison to Mumford. Milo came to see me on January 19.
Cats are a territorial species. Confrontation with other cats usually results in a shouting match, but it can escalate to full contact fighting when the cats are outside. Bite wounds are particularly nasty, since the bacteria in the mouth and on the teeth get through the skin and into the underlying tissue. The skin wound heals over and seals the bacteria inside. This sets up an infection that forms a pus pocket we call an abscess.
Louis was rescued by the Damery family. He had been spotted hanging around their place, a stray cat limping for a few weeks. They were able to catch him and bring him in to us for assessment. Despite his feral nature, he responded to a calm approach. We estimated him to be about 1.5 to 2 years old.