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    How to deal with small scale cuts, scratches and scrapes

    Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 26 April 2013
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    Cats and kittens can be just like young children, no matter how hard you try to prevent it, they are always going to come home with the odd cut, scrape or scratch. If you have an outdoor cat then small injuries are more likely however even an indoor cat can get certain problems. We decided to create a quick guide on how you can help protect your cat if small things like this happen without needing to go to the vet. Unfortunately most abrasions will come from fights with other cats

    Try to treat a cat’s wounds like you would treat your own. If you feel they can be treated at home then try this using the information below. If you feel the wound on you would need stitches or further medical attention then seek this. A word of warning though, medicines for humans could be toxic to cats so never use these on your feline.
     
    The first thing you should do if you notice your cat has been in a fight or has an injury the first thing to do is inspect its body so you can find out if there are any more injuries that you weren’t away off. Cats fur is often good at hiding injuries
     
    With minor scratches it should be sufficient enough to use soap and water as you would use on your own minor cuts. You can even let your cat lick it as long as it is not excessive and things should heal rapidly on their own.
     
    With any abrasion that is open and bleeding then you are going to need to provide more attention to this. First you should apply pressure with a clean towel, tissue or cotton wool. You should also trim the hair around the wound to prevent further problems. Wash the whole area with soap and water. The most important thing now is to watch the wound. If it won’t stop bleeding with pressure or there is a lot of blood then you must seek help professionally from your vet.
     
    Unfortunately a lot of wounds can get infected especially if they are a result of fighting with another cat. Cats can often leave small puncture wounds that heal over quickly but given a few days can cause a really nasty infection due to bacteria and dirt being trapped under the surface. If you think your cat has been in a fight then the areas you must check most closely are the tail, back, face and legs. These are the most prone areas of injury in a fight.  
     
    Any wounds that swell in size, become hot or sensitive or leaks pus should be seen to straight away by a vet. It is likely that the vet will deal with them through methods such as lancing, draining or disinfecting. They will also most probably give a short dosage of antibiotics to your cat.
     
    What you can do to prevent problems is keep your cats vaccinations up to date. This way you can help stop certain infections that can be resisted. Bite wounds for example can often lead to diseases like the feline leukaemia virus.
     
    As a general rule, if you are unsure about anything or feel that things are getting worse then go ahead and see a vet. This can put your mind at ease.
     
    Photo: Quinn Anya
     
    Source: Discovery
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