Cat Scratches and Infections

Has your feline friend recently had an accident or gotten into a “cat fight”? Learn how to treat cat cuts and infections!

My running joke is that my family has a small petting zoo. With three dogs, five cats and a bunny, it is easy to understand why I make this joke. While all of our pets tend to get along, there can be the occasional scuffle. For example, the other day my mom called to tell me that two of our cats had gotten into a fight. There was clearly a winner and loser, because our poor Tuxedo cat got a scratch on his face. When this happens, how do you take care of the scratch? And how do you keep it from getting infected? Something tells me that a cat won’t take kindly to Neosporin and a band-aid.

For starters, if you notice your feline has gotten into a spat, look your pet over closely. A dense coat of fur can sometimes hide scrapes and scratches, so be sure to look thoroughly. If you find something, simply clean it with soap and water. This process is similar to how you would treat a cut on your own skin. If you notice your animal trying to clean the wound, let them. Small scratches and scrapes tend to heal on their own.

However, what if your pet is actually bleeding? First, stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a cotton ball or gauze. Next, wash the area thoroughly with soap and water, and trim the hair around the injury. Abrasions, or cuts, tend to heal faster in the open air. From there, just keep an eye on the area and make sure it is healing over time. If your pet is bleeding profusely or the wound keeps opening up, take them to your vet or animal hospital.

Did you cat ever get into a fight and get some scratches? How did you take care of it? Tell us about it in the comment section below!

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