How To Clean A Cat Wound

How To Clean A Cat Wound – The Easiest Way

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ats can be unpredictable. They can be too playful that one day, you’ll be surprised to come home to a humongous skin wound. You can only wonder where that wound came from. Is it from a cat fight? Or maybe your fur ball scratch itself running along wires and such?

As pet parents, we could not help but worry. Our instinct would usually lead us straight to the animal clinic. But what if the incident happens all too suddenly, and the wound looks disturbing? Is there any first-aid solution you can perform? The answer is yes, there is.

According to pet360.com, the kind of treatment you will need to perform depends on the severity of the injury. It is then your responsibility to know what happened or find the cause of incurring the wound. From there, you will be able to find the quickest solution.

This article will help provide you tips and some steps on how to clean a cat wound. This will be the most crucial part of the entire treatment because this will prevent infection. Remember that bacteria can quickly multiply on a laceration or abrasion, so cleaning should be a top priority.

So are you ready to put on your “doctor hat” and treat your cat? Read on and read carefully.


What You Will Need

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1. An antiseptic

This is the most important tool you will need to clean the wound no matter the size or severity is. You can purchase any brand of antiseptic from your local drugstore. There are tons of first-aid kits that contain bottles of it. It is relatively cheap, so you do not need to worry.

If in case there is none available, you may opt to use an antibacterial soap instead. As long as it has an antibacterial component, it will do the job.

2. A clean cloth or towel

You will need this if the wound is a little more severe or more of a deep laceration. A clean cloth that can be wrapped around the cloth will be necessary to keep infection away. Covering the wound will help “contain” the bacteria so that it does not multiply and make things worse.

3. A gauze or soft cotton balls

You will need this to apply the antiseptic or antibacterial solution on the wound. You need an unused gauze or cotton balls to make sure of the cleanliness. Remember that you will be dealing with a fresh wound, so the cloth should be “clean” too.


How To Clean a Cat Wound

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Again, let me reiterate that before performing any wound treatment or cleaning, you have to consider the severity of the injury. There are many types of wound depending on the incident your cat has gotten into.You have to carefully assess whether your cat’s injury is something severe and needs a hospital visit or not. If it is something, you think you can easily handle then, read on and follow these to achieve the first step.

1. Apply pressure

This will be the very first step you’ll need to perform if you see that the wound is profusely bleeding. You have to put on the clean cloth or sterile gauze on the wound. Applying pressure on it will keep it from bleeding more.

The bleeding will not stop immediately and can take up to ten minutes. After it has stopped, you can tape the gauze on it. If the bleeding continues, you may already want to bring the cat to the nearest veterinarian. You do not want the cat to run out of too much blood.

2. Wash the wounded area

You can do this by applying the antiseptic or antibacterial solution gently on the wound. Your cat will most likely resist because it will hurt, but you have to force it somehow. But of course, always be mindful not to be too harsh.

If it is too hard for you to wipe off the wound using a cloth or gauze, try using a syringe. This way you will only flush out the solution or the clean water to the wound. If you do this, make sure you wash away all the little debris or dirt completely.

There is a misconception that it is better to use ethyl alcohol to clean the wound. Well, it is about time that you learn that that is not true. According to petmd.com, using alcohol can only damage the tissue. The same goes for using hydrogen peroxide. The alcohol being all to anti-bacterial does not necessarily heal a fresh wound.


Conclusion

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So, there you have it! A quick guide to cleaning a cat wound. You need to be calm and collected first. That should be your “mantra” all throughout the process. In any emergency situation that involves wounds, you have to avoid panicking.

If you have comments, concerns or suggestions, feel free to comment down below. I hope this mini tutorial helped!

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