How to Get Rid of Grub in "Cat Skin"

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Cats usually contract grub infections from contact with rodents.
Cats usually contract grub infections from contact with rodents. (Image: George Doyle & Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The grub is a cuterebra larva. These larvae are more likely to infect rabbits and other rodents, but they sometimes infect cats, particularly kittens, late in summer. The larvae usually appear as a moving lump with a tiny air hole in its center. The lumps usually show up on your cat’s neck or chest. They can be fatal if they infect your cat’s nose. A veterinarian must surgically remove the grub because simply killing the grub or removing only part of it can result in a serious infection.

Things You'll Need

  • Veterinarian
  • Sedative or anesthetic
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Hair clippers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Surgical sponge
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Operating forceps
  • Hemostat
  • Saline solution
  • Topical antibiotic ointment
  • Injectable systemic antibiotic
  • Systemic antibiotic pills

Sedate cooperative cats. Anesthetize uncooperative ones.

Spray the area around the grub cyst with isopropyl alcohol. Clip the fur around the cyst with hair clippers. Spraying the area first with alcohol both disinfects and aids clipping.

Put on rubber gloves. Wipe the clipped area with a surgical sponge saturated with an antiseptic solution like chlorhexidine or betadine.

Enlarge the opening in the cyst with operating forceps. Gently remove the grub with a hemostat, taking care not to rupture the grub.

Irrigate the wound with saline solution followed by a topical antibiotic ointment like Animax. Inject the cat with a systemic antibiotic.

Give your cat systemic antibiotic pills as directed by the veterinarian until the wound is fully healed. Keep your cat indoors until the wound heals.

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