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I keep finding wounds on my female cat and at first I thought that she got in a fight with a raccoon or my other male cat. I saw them playing and he was being a little rough but she was defending herself well and it didn’t seem like she was getting hurt. But then we were gone for a day and we left all 3 of our cats together (we have a 10 year old cat that would never hurt a flea so I know he’s not involved with this at all) And when I saw my female cat she had a bunch of new wounds on her. I will explain what the wounds look like in a minute. So that’s how I figured out that it was my male cat that was doing that to her for sure because they were on the same room together and there was nothing else that could’ve done that to her besides him. The wounds almost look like these weird bleeding rashes which is so puzzling because it seems like he’s biting her because if he was scratching her it would look like a scratch!! I really need help because I don’t know what to do to prevent this. I am thinking about neutering my male cat…

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    A photo of a wound would help. When cats fight they most often rip fur out (which leaves very localized scabs and tufts of fur behind) or bite their ears. In general, fight wounds happen mostly around the head and neck (even the back of the neck) and less often around the legs or back half of the body. If this doesn't sound like what you see in your cat, it could be something else like parasites or a skin condition.
    – Elmy
    Dec 11, 2023 at 7:23

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Neuter your male cat.

That was easy. :) If you're not seeing them fight or seeing him inflict any wounds, and it doesn't look like a typical wound, it would be wise to consider other possibilities, such as a skin or other medical condition causing skin eruptions or infections (oozing, sometimes bloody, is a red flag), or some kind of skin parasite. If you can't get her to a vet real soon, it might be a good idea to shampoo her with some kind of mild oatmeal shampoo formulated especially for cats to soothe her skin.

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It sounds like your unspayed female cat is going outside, as you say she may have been exposed to a raccoon. So first off, keep her inside. And keep her away from the unneutered male until she is spayed. She will get pregnant if you continue to let her outside, and near the male. She could be pregnant already.

It could be that the male has been mating with the female when you were not there. It doesn't matter that you think she was probably not in heat. Mating in cats can be quite painful for the female. He will usually bite her on the back of the neck. He has barbs on his penis which likely cause pain during mating. As she struggles he may injure her.

The other obvious thing for a cat going outside, would be fleas or other parasites/infections. She could be biting at her own skin if very itchy. Give her a flea/parasite treatment.

I'm assuming these wounds are minor - obviously if they are deep she ought to have gone to the vet by now.

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    "probably not in heat" is how my family went from two young cats in the house to five young cats in the house. It's very hard to tell.
    – Allison C
    Dec 12, 2023 at 15:28
  • @AllisonC Exactly...
    – Harry V.
    Dec 12, 2023 at 15:43

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