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First aid for cats with wounds

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Karla Kirby

Wounds on cats come in all sizes, all shapes. A deep wound effusively penetrates the skin and may expose underlying fat, muscle and bone. It necessitates emergency treatment by a veterinarian. A superficial wound doesn’t penetrate all the way through the skin, and home care may be sufficient. Bite wounds should always be treated by a veterinarian, regardless of how superficial they seem. There is often more harm beneath the skin than meets the eye. Bite wounds in cats easily and rapidly form into large abscesses. Rabies exposure is an extremely serious concern if the bite came from a wild or unvaccinated animal.

First of all, protect yourself from getting bitten by a confused feline in pain!.

Second, stop any bleeding using direct pressure

After that, be sure not to probe, as you clean, flush or apply anything to a deep wound.

If you see something projecting from a deep wound, do not try to remove it.

Cover the wound with a clean cloth or gauze.

Keep your cat as still and calm as possible.

Seek veterinary care straight away.

Transport your feline with the wounded side facing up.

If the wound is superficial wear gloves if the wound was caused by the bite of an unvaccinated animal because of the Rabies risk.

Gently clean the wound of dirt, debris and blood with mild soap and plenty of water and gently pat the wound dry.

A bandage or an Elizabethan collar may be needed to keep your cat from licking at the wound.

Minor wounds on the extremities can be bandaged---if kitty gives you permission.

Apply a triple antibiotic ointment, Neosporin® works great.

Apply a sterile non-stick pad for example a Telfa® pad to the wound.

Apply numerous layers of rolled gauze over the wound. Extend the wrap several inches above and below the wound to reduce slippage—if there’s room to do so.

Apply an outer self-adhesive wrap for instance Vetrap®.

A safe bandage should be snug, but not tight enough to cut off circulation. If you are unable to slip 2 fingers under the bandage, then it’s too tight.

Keep the bandage clean and dry and change it every 1 to 2 days.

If redness, swelling, odor or discharge builds up, call your veterinarian immediately.

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