Abscess is a type of infection in a wound. It’s similar to any other type of infection in its early stages, which may be confused with a normal infection.
However, abscess has a potentially dangerous difference that it builds a barrier around the infection so that it’s extreme difficult for the body’s immune system to get through and fight with the infection. Therefore you should pay close attention when your cat gets injured, look carefully around the body in case of forming abscess.
When cats fight over territory with another cat and receive a bite, which is the most common situation that abscesses is formed. Normally these types of wounds will get recovered in a few days, but an abscess will form in some cases.
When your cat received a bite, there would be a few days to form the abscess. If an abscess is formed, you may pay attention to your cat’s appetite or if he becomes a bit lethargic; moreover the abscess area will swell and feel warm.
Abscesses can be very painful for the cat, and it would be wise to take the cat straight to the vet as soon as you find the disease. The vet will drain the abscess and prescribe antibiotics to deal with the abscess.
When you notice that the abscess is about to burst, you leave an open wound and a pungent smell. This move can be very unpleasant as far as I am concerned.
It is still a good idea to take your cat to the vet to get it cleaned up once you find the abscess is about to burst. If remained untreated, the abscess is likely to scab over and get infected as the skin of cats will heal much faster than the tissue, which result in the infection to be sealed in and the abscess to reoccur.
However, the basic knowledge about abscess is to never leave abscess alone on your cat!