Abscesses are a serious condition that warrant treatment — and frankly, they are pretty fun to treat. At Greenbrier Emergency Animal Hospital, we generally see abscesses in our feline patients who spend time outdoors socializing with other neighborhood cats and creatures, since abscesses are usually caused by a bite from another animal. Typically, a cat will receive such a bite while running away from a predator — and trying to escape a potentially much more serious injury or worse. Because most cats are furry, a puncture wound or bite wound will typically be covered by hair, so it will be difficult to spot. The skin wound seals up, and the bacteria continue to multiply and fester below the skin surface.
Acne is a skin disease of cats that primarily affects the chin. One of the most common conditions affecting cats is allergy. In the allergic state, the cat's immune system "overreacts" to foreign substances allergens or antigens to which it is exposed. Those overreactions are manifested in three ways.
The anal glands are two small sac-like structures located at 4 and 8 o'clock just inside your dog's and cat's anus. The cells lining the sac wall secrete a stinky, thick, oily fluid. The fluid accumulates in the sac until it's expressed. Dogs and cats have mostly lost the ability to squirt their anal gland fluid at will phew! As the poo goes from the rectum and out the anus, it physically pushes on the anal glands, expressing the fluid.