It’s obvious—your cat has an injured paw and you want to help. You will need a towel, a rectal or oral thermometer and antiseptic scrub.
First you should closely study the paw to make certain that no protruding substances such as a splinter or other fragments are implanted in the paw pad. Soothingly remove any surface substance from the pad. Gently feel the rest of the leg for swelling or heat, which can point too additional injury, pain or infection. If you should find a splinter or other article acutely embedded in your cat's paw that can't be removed effortlessly with a pair of tweezers, get in touch with your veterinarian at once. Your veterinarian will remove it and supply specific aftercare instructions.
Clean the paw pad meticulously with warm water and antiseptic scrub. Rinse painstakingly. If desired, soak the paw in lukewarm water for a few minutes to remove any left over debris that may aggravate your cat's paw. If a splinter is sticking out, remove it with sterile scissors and irrigate the injury with antiseptic solution. Dry the paw with a clean, soft towel and apply antibiotic ointment to the wound. Check the paw several times throughout the day for signs of infection, such as heat, pus or swelling and clean it with antiseptic solution as needed, particularly after she uses her litter box.
Test your cat for signs of a fever. A cat's standard temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Indication of a fever include loss of appetite, depression, lethargy, shivering or rapid breathing. If you believe your cat has a fever, take his/her temperature rectally. First, apply a water-soluble lubricant to the thermometer, lift his/her tail and cautiously insert the thermometer about an inch into his/her rectum. Wait a couple of minutes for a mercury thermometer or until a digital thermometer starts to beep. If you have trouble restraining your cat, wrap him/her loosely in a soft, clean towel with his/her rear end exposed. If the temperature is above 102.5 take him/her to the veterinarian for examination and treatment.
Confine your feline to a quiet room where he/she'll stay hushed and indoors while the paw heals. Select a room with a window so he/she will be entertained, and position a comfy bed or blanket and a few toys in the room.
Call your veterinarian if your kitty’s paw does not show considerable improvement within three days. If the paw becomes hot, swollen, or has discharge or pus, your cat may have a secondary infection needing medical attention.
Avoid using rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the paw pad, because it will irritate the sensitive pad tissue and also slow down the healing process.