Cats are very independent animals and sometimes this characteristic makes them very naughty. Although they can have scares accidentally, sometimes the most curious felines suffer a mishap that does not end quite well and that is why it is essential to be prepared and know how to act in these situations. However, a key factor will be the severity of the wound, because if it is too serious the best option will be to go to the vet with your pet. Otherwise, if the injury is slight, you can give your pet first aid yourself, so in the following lines, we will tell you the best guidelines for action and the advice to follow.
WOUND DISINFECTION IN CATS
In the case of superficial cuts or wounds in the healing period that have already been previously treated by a veterinarian, you must carry out the disinfection the number of times indicated, although it is normally recommended to do it about twice a day. The most recommended option is to use an antiseptic gauze instead of cotton since the fibers of the kinds of cotton dirty the wound and can infect it even more. If gauze is not available, a dry or semi-wet towel can do the job.
To the antiseptic gauze, you should apply physiological saline to disinfect although sometimes soap and water can also be used as a substitute. To finish the disinfection work, an antiseptic that the veterinary specialist has previously recommended to you can be applied to the area. In addition, to avoid complications in the wound, you can cut the hair around your cat so that it does not enter it.
HOW TO CURE ABSCESSES IN CATS:
Pus pockets are quite common conditions in cats, also sometimes due to poor disinfection of a wound. The important thing to remedy abscesses is to cause the pus to drain naturally and can be achieved with baths of salt dissolved in water. When you detect a pocket of pus on your pet, moisten the area loosely by applying this solution with a cotton ball or ear swab several times during the day until the lump bursts. Generally, they usually do not take more than 24 hours to do so, so when it happens, clean the area well and disinfect as explained in the previous section. You should also check that no new abscesses appear over the next few days.
HOW TO CURE HEMORRHAGES IN CATS
In some cases, mild-looking wounds can be very tiring because they expel a lot of blood, but it will soon stop. The first thing to do before a superficial wound is to clean it, with an antiseptic gauze and spraying physiological saline on the affected skin. Under no circumstances should the wound be rubbed with the gauze, simply the area closest to the cut must be manipulated. You can also apply some substance to disinfect or antiseptic ointments that help to heal.
Also, if the wound takes a long time to stop bleeding, it is recommended to apply pressure with the gauze until the result is effective. For wounds with more bleeding, the gauze that is exerting pressure should not be removed at any time, so when it does not absorb more blood, a new one must be placed on top of the previous one. They can also be fixed with a bandage, especially if you need to take your cat to the vet for care.