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How long does it take for a cat's warble wormhole to heal?

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A warble wormhole is the hole created in a host animal's skin by the maggot form of a botfly, a fly of the genus Cuterebra. Once the worm is removed from the cat, it takes anywhere from two to four weeks for the hole to heal.

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Cats that go outdoors risk coming into contact with the eggs of botflies, mostly during the summer months. These large flies don't bite, but their eggs sometimes get into a cat's coat from blades of grass or other vegetation that the cat brushes against. When the larvae hatch, they travel into the cat's system either through an orifice or a wound and end up just under the cat's skin. From there they create a pouch of sorts with a hole in the skin for breathing.

When the worm is spotted, the worm has typically been in place for about a month. The instinct is to remove it on the spot. Resist this urge because the worm needs to be removed whole, or the cat is at risk for a nasty immune response, according to PetMD. This is work best done by a veterinarian. The good news is that once it's done, the cat heals fairly quickly and experiences little ill effect.

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