Posted by: | 2020/07/08

Cat paw balled

my cat was recently bitten by something. not sure what. she is an indoor cat, 7 years of age. the first 3 days the paw was swollen, and red. i couldn't see any puncture wounds. i put on f10 ointment. since yesterday i stopped putting the f10 ointment on as she would go straight to the litter box afterwards and i didn't want the litter sand to stick to the ointment. since yesterday i have only been putting her paw at night a few seconds in salt water. she allows me now to touch the paw, it does not feel warm to the touch but the hair where the swelling was and it has been expanding is either falling out now or she is pulling it out. she does not chew on it and plays now and eats normally. what can the cause of this be and what can i do to stop the balding patch growing. i currently dont have the finances to take her to the vet.

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- 2020/07/14

It really is impossible to provide you with good advice without being able to examine the cat. The swelling might have caused damage to the skin (swelling compresses the blood vessels and the poor blood supply leads to the skin dying off, which will lead to hair loss - but it is also possible that the bite was from something poisonous and that the entire foot could eventually be lost. You really need to take the cat to a vet.

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