What to do when a cat has a wound
Cats are susceptible to injury with cuts, bruises, lacerations, scrapes and abrasions, if this is not treated can be life threatening unless of course they are major injuries needing medical care.
Look out for bleeding, swelling, missing hair, cut, scraped or torn skin, limping, tenderness or pain. If a wound is seen when it is fresh, and not treated it can become infected adding to swelling and tenderness. You may notice the discharge of pus from the wound; it is important any puss is gotten rid of since this can poison the body. If this stays under the skin this is when it results in abscesses resulting in a hole in the skin when the abscess breaks open and drain. If a cat becomes lethargic and the ears feel hot to the touch, then this is signs of fever.
Often this is caused by bumping or hitting sharp objects avoiding cars or attack from other animals. My cat Spot was bitten in the head by an affected cat, he was eventually diagnosed with feline AIDS, he became tatty looking and in the end all his organs started to break down.
Let’s look at Immediate Care.
If the cat is bleeding apply direct pressure to the wound cover with sterile gauze or clean cloth and then pressure applied, normally 5-10 minutes for bleeding to stop. Do not remove; let it clot and stop bleeding. Check for other wounds, if there is not bleeding and the cut or scrape appears minor try cleaning the wound with antiseptic wound for cat’s tea tree for animals is good for this. Antiseptic solutions are also made by diluting concentrated solutions like povidone iodine or chlorhexidine diacetate; do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as this will damage the tissue. Chlorhexidine should be diluted to pale blue; the safest way is to have cat prepared solution on hand.
With small abrasions, tea tree antiseptic cream can be used.