Cats typically have a hate-hate relationship with any strange cat in their
presence, yard, or environment.
When new cats meet, they fluff up, spit,
hiss – more like scream! – and the fur soon goes flying. While the
brawl may only last a few seconds, that’s enough time for a few diseases
to jump bodies.
Feline leukemia (FeLV), feline immunodeficiency virus or cat AIDS (FIV), infectious peritonitis (FIP), or nasty bacterial infections are transmitted from cat to cat in saliva.
Outside cats, particularly unneutered males, love to fight. Most times they will end up with a nasty abscess. An abscess is a pocket of pus
under the skin. It makes a cat very ill because of the bacteria and
toxins it releases into the bloodstream. He is feverish, goes off his
food, hides and sleeps a lot.
Treatment for abscesses involves a general anaesthesia, clipping and
cleaning the skin, lancing the abscess and flushing all the pus out,
placing a drain to allow any new pus to empty, antibiotics and pain
relief. Some cats are so sick they need hospitalisation and intravenous
fluids for a night or two.
How do we avoid all this??