One of my cats from a feral group came home with a jaw degloving injury (see …

Dear Dr. Magnifico,

I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. I lost my mom a few years ago, and it takes a while to go through that grief. Take care of you!

My question:
One of my cats from a feral group (not living in the house) came home with a jaw degloving injury (see photo). I took him to the vet and the vet mentioned possibly correcting this with surgery but that such surgery doesn’t always hold. However, a few weeks later she said he looked okay to go home as is and not to try the surgery or he’d be worse off if it failed. He drools/slobbers now, which wouldn’t be so bad, but it has a bad smell, so I wonder if that’s normal. The vet didn’t think he needed antibiotics (I had asked if she could give him a long-acting antibiotic injection since it is next to impossible to pill him now without hurting him and/or making it bleed).

He is a precious boy, and I want him to be as comfortable as possible. I’m keeping him in the house now and have found a home for him with the same people who adopted a different feral from us, so hooray for that. Not sure if the injury is bothering him (or just bothering me with the smell). Will the smell go away over time?

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Krista Magnifico
6 months ago

Hello.
I would contact a vet who has done this surgery before and have it corrected ASAP. See my blog on seraphina. If you are near me please come to the clinic for an exam ASAP. It’s not a difficult surgery to do. But it needs to be done ASAP for best prognosis. I hope this helps.

Sarah
6 months ago

Good morning-
I just want to add that antibiotics seem like they would have been necessary seeing as it was an open injury.