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Q. My 10 month kitten,in-door cat has an abrasion on back of his neck size of 50p/hair loss/looks like a human carpet burn/ how often do I clean it?

A. This may not be an abrasion at all but could be a bacterial or fungal infection. You should not clean it, but instead have a vet examine it. 50p size is a large size lesion, and if it was an abrasion then there would possibly another underlying injury as well. If you have an idea how an abrasion could happen indoors, make sure the place where it happened cannot be accessed by your kitty, as to avoid further aggravation. If it is indeed an abrasion you should let it dry by itself and it will scab over and heal. If it oozes or does not heal by itself, it needs to be seen by a vet.

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DR. ANDREA M. BRODIE, DVM

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A. Keeping the area clean and dry with a clean washcloth and preventing your kitten from messing with it through the use of an Elizabethan (cone) collar should help. If the area is oozing lots of debris, growing in size, or not healing, then it may indicate an infection or other skin issue and should be looked at by your vet for treatment.

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JESSICA L DESROSIERS

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