Experiences of our cats outside may not only bring them the pleasures of discovering a vast and rich territory or of playing. Indeed, your companion, although cautious, may be confronted in his environment with multiple sources of wounds and return with abrasions, cuts, bites, not to evoke more severe attacks but fortunately extremely rare.
In these pages, you will find some tips to take care of these little ailments:
- How to identify the type of wound: cut, burn, abscess which is a complication, or licking sores and other excoriations.
- What to do when you discover a wound on your cat: before acting, it is important to be able to explore the wound and determine its extent and depth. If blood smears on the hair around the wound, it can lead to a poor evaluation. Likewise, some wounds can appear very superficial and hide deeper damage.
- How to clean a wound: once the exploration is complete, the wound should be free of any debris or foreign bodies, then cleaned. This step will facilitate the healing process.
- How to disinfect a wound: it is important to choose the right disinfectant product.
- When and how to put on a bandage: in some cases, it is useful to cover the wound, to protect the wound, avoid painful contact, and limit unwanted licking.
In some cases, especially if the wound is deep, extensive, very dilapidated, if your cat is complaining, if its general condition has changed, or if over time the wound takes on an abnormal appearance (color, odor, production of fluids abundant …) it is essential to seek advice from your veterinarian. Although in most cases a minor injury can heal more or less spontaneously, it is always a good idea to monitor the progress and act early to avoid any complications.