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Thanks, ArchyCat, Good info to know. We have some Neosporin in the house but not sure off-hand which sort it is.
 

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I was initially using Hydrogen Peroxide to clean his wound. He wasn't all too happy about it but he let me and wasn't aggressive. Ne even jumped up on the trashcan when I asked him to, so I could access it easier. If anything, I think he enjoyed the attention.
I also bought some styptic powder but haven't used it as it states it shouldn't be used for deep wounds; and I also bought some wound spray for cats. They'll both come in handy for later.
But of course, I need his wound to heal from the inside out, with the infection gone in the process. If the wound heals while the infection is still ongoing, it will likely develop into an abscess.

I have always sworn by BF1 powder.
 
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I'm pleased to report after only 3 days on the Cephalexin, Bowie is already showing signs of improvement with no side effects. His injured eye is looking better and he's not wheezing, snuffling and sneezing. I'll give him the full course; I want to make sure his chest infection is good & gone and the bacteria do not get the chance to become immune to the medication.
 

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I'm pleased to report after only 3 days on the Cephalexin, Bowie is already showing signs of improvement with no side effects. His injured eye is looking better and he's not wheezing, snuffling and sneezing. I'll give him the full course; I want to make sure his chest infection is good & gone and the bacteria do not get the chance to become immune to the medication.

That is a great news!- Bowie is a keeper in my opinion.
 

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I'm not familiar with BF1 powder... Is this a human or a pet product?

Both, and it goes way back.

My grandparents use to just go into the stores and pick some up, but now you have order it through the pharmacists or online. I used it on a female half grown cat who literally got part of her behind torn off by an older cat (it was really bad), and she healed within a couple of months.

It is cheap, it works, and it last forever.
 
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Both, and it goes way back.

My grandparents use to just go into the stores and pick some up, but now you have order it through the pharmacists or online. I used it on a female half grown cat who literally got part of her behind torn off by an older cat (it was really bad), and she healed within a couple of months.

It is cheap, it works, and it last forever.
Thanks, Jefferd18, We'll do our best to get some of this.
 
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Thanks, Jefferd18, We'll do our best to get some of this.
We've looked online for this BFI powder but can't seem to find anyone who sells it. There are reviews on Amazon from several years ago and everyone raves about it. There is someone selling 1.25 oz of it for $400!!?? Perhaps the product has been discontinued now.
 

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We've looked online for this BFI powder but can't seem to find anyone who sells it. There are reviews on Amazon from several years ago and everyone raves about it. There is someone selling 1.25 oz of it for $400!!?? Perhaps the product has been discontinued now.

LOL! No, it's not 400, nor has it ever been. I will ask my pharmacist tomorrow and let you know.
 

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We've looked online for this BFI powder but can't seem to find anyone who sells it. There are reviews on Amazon from several years ago and everyone raves about it. There is someone selling 1.25 oz of it for $400!!?? Perhaps the product has been discontinued now.

You can get it online on Walgreen's website.
 
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You can get it online on Walgreen's website.
Hi Jefferd18,
Does this by any chance go under a different name, as we've checked Walgreens (see attached screenshot) and they don't know what it is. We've even tried searching for it under its full chemical name of Bismuth Formic Iodine.
According to Answers.com, it used to be available at Drugstore.com but this now redirects to Walgreens, and they don't seem to carry it.

Seeing as this stuff is now rarer than hen's teeth, and everyone wants it but no-one has it, I can understand why one enterprising chap is trying to sell his for $400! ;)
 

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According to this site https://americanhistory.si.edu/collections/search/object/nmah_717045 it was discontinued by the manufacturer in 2013. You'd still have been able to buy stock of it a little later than that. One commentor said that he called the company when he could no longer get in the stores and they said they'd discontinued it due to the difficulty of getting the base ingredients... According to another person, the real reason is that Big Pharma legislated against its sale because it was just too good and they'd rather sell us their own products that don't work!
 

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It really is NOT a good idea to be giving cats human medication. It really could do more harm than good. He could have a reaction to the dosage or fillers in the medication. He needs to be seen by a vet. Have you tried your local Humane Society or ASPCA. Also check the links above for help.

Also by feeding the strays without having them spayed/neutered is just making the cats strong and healthy so they can breed. There is a saying "If you feed, they will breed". Getting the toms neutered should be a top priority. Keep calling rescue groups. They are often swamped and take time to get back to people. Look for facebook pages for the rescues too. Sometimes, they communicate easier through Facebook.
Shadows Rescue, I've never found shaming to be motivating. Just the opposite.People that are doing their best to help homeless animals deserve tact and support, not a scolding.
 
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Shadows Rescue, I've never found shaming to be motivating. Just the opposite.People that are doing their best to help homeless animals deserve tact and support, not a scolding.
Thanks for your support, tnrmakessense; I have to admit I was rattled by Shadows Rescue's remarks. It's not like I was proposing to give Bowie any old "human" medication... I'd done my research and due diligence and I had the skills and equipment to dispense proper and accurate doses of the right medication to help him.
Nor would I ever turn away an animal in need just because it was still capable of breeding, which seems to be what Shadows Rescue was inferring.
Thank you, and the other commentors on this forum who have been encouraging and helpful to me - you all know who you are.
 
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Please keep us updated- Bowie is a fine figure of a feline. :)
Update on Bowie @ 22/02/2020 - We've just dropped Bowie off with the local SPCA Humane center who have agreed to take him in due to his injuries. He'll be in quarantine for 10 days then at some time after that, I'll be able to adopt him into our family of humans and cats and we'll just have to pay the adoption fee. He'll be neutered, get his shots and injuries fixed. I'm both elated and apprehensive. But the poor guy- every time we saw him he had more injuries. He disappeared for 3 days earlier this week - I knew something had to be wrong for him to stay away that long. When he returned he had a badly swollen leg from the wrist into the paw. He could hardly walk. His ear was more chewed up and he had more scratches on his face.
He stayed close the next day but then that night while in his kennel he was attacked by a Raccoon that wounded him on his chest!

He'll be an indoor cat when we get him back. I expect there will be a few tantrums from him and/or the other cats we have but I'm sure they won't last long. Bowie has already been in the house a few times and there were no fights.
This morning, we had Bowie in the house, in a large carrier for a few hours while we waited for the SPCA to open. One of our cats, Shadow who is really laid back, stayed with him, close to his carrier, for a couple of hours, sending him calming vibes. He soon settled down and had a snooze.
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Update on Bowie @ 22/02/2020 - We've just dropped Bowie off with the local SPCA Humane center who have agreed to take him in due to his injuries. He'll be in quarantine for 10 days then at some time after that, I'll be able to adopt him into our family of humans and cats and we'll just have to pay the adoption fee. He'll be neutered, get his shots and injuries fixed. I'm both elated and apprehensive. But the poor guy- every time we saw him he had more injuries. He disappeared for 3 days earlier this week - I knew something had to be wrong for him to stay away that long. When he returned he had a badly swollen leg from the wrist into the paw. He could hardly walk. His ear was more chewed up and he had more scratches on his face.
He stayed close the next day but then that night while in his kennel he was attacked by a Raccoon that wounded him on his chest!

He'll be an indoor cat when we get him back. I expect there will be a few tantrums from him and/or the other cats we have but I'm sure they won't last long. Bowie has already been in the house a few times and there were no fights.
This morning, we had Bowie in the house, in a large carrier for a few hours while we waited for the SPCA to open. One of our cats, Shadow who is really laid back, stayed with him, close to his carrier, for a couple of hours, sending him calming vibes. He soon settled down and had a snooze.
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Congratulations! I am so happy for both of you. Bowie's world is only going to get better from this moment on. He is a cool looking cat and I am glad that he is going to become a permanent member of your family.

You will be happily surprised at the change of behavior once he is neutered. Right now he is fighting every tom that he comes across, and according to your observation, a few raccoons to boot. .He will be a lot less on edge once he is fixed.
 
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I know you're right, Jefferd18 and thanks for all your kind and informational comments. But you know, I sometimes second guess myself... Do I have the right to do this to him? To get him neutered? Does any human caregiver have the right to mutilate another sentient being just so it can conform to their way of thinking and acting? If we all did this to our cats, there would be no more cats after one generation... They'd become extinct. Is this what happened to the dinosaurs?
OK... Joking aside, We had to get his wounds taken care of. It broke my heart to see him so beat up all the time and I knew the only real way to stop him fighting - and to stop our house smelling like wrestler's jock strap was to get him neutered. (My aplogies to any wrestlers reading this) We asked around all the vets in the area and they were all quoting astronomical prices - This is why we'd left it so long. However, if he HADN'T been injured, the SPCA Humane center wouldn't have taken him in. I guess the Lord works in mysterious ways...
I'm very grateful to them for their help in this matter and I'll be paying that forward and volunteering there if they'll have me.
 
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