We have a cat that actually was a stray who has claimed us lately I guess you would say... he has a little whole on the side of his neck and we just recently noticed it and a friend of mine said it could be one of those "wolf" things that is actually a worm.. ? ... I don't know but it being a stray I didn't know anything about the cat he had just showed up a few days before, my friend said he wouldn't make it but it has been quite a few weeks if not a couple of months now and that hole has almost completely closed and healed up it looks like So does that mean it is not one or does it take a while for it to get to them - I do not understand, would someone please share info on this with me. thanks and God bless. Tammy
Is it a cat or kitten? I would think a cat would live and the botfly worm matured and simply crawled out. A kitten is a different story. A botfly layes an egg on a regular fly and when it lands on an animal the heat of the animals body causes the botfly egg to drop and hatch on the animals skin. The larva then burrows into the skin and lives till it is mature. You can see it's head as it will constantly work around the hole to keep it open so air can get in for it to breath.
several of my cats have had them. They are outside cats.I looks and feels like a big zit and it hurts the cat when you squeeze it. But you can put a hot washcloth and it helps the pain. It doesn't come out immediately. Usually I just saw where the worm had been and ths skin around it smelled bad like something dead and would ooze. I kept it clean with peroxide and neosporin. One kitten had one and I suqeezed it really hard one good time and got it out. Yes it was a real worm. How terrible to think it was in there. But it did save the trouble of it eatting too much of it's flesh.