Cat got a scracth how to help heal?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by EmAbTo48, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    Our inside/outside cat got a wound from something about a week ago. Its not a gaping wound one that I thought would heal up just fine on its own. Only problem is he is licking and scratching at it all the time so he keeps reopening the scabs! Grr!

    I check it everday and its nice and clean nothing looks pussy or infected so he obviously is keeping it clean with the licking..

    Is there something I can put on it to speed the healing process?
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I would leave it alone they will keep it clean ,putting on meds when there is no infection because meds kill the good bacteria as well as the bad and there is no infection then it should be fine with letting nature takes it's course.
  3. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    I strongly disagree. Cats have extremely dirty mouths, cat bites are serious stuff and even though the bacteria is present in their own system that doesn't make them immune to it. The idea that a cat (or dog) will "keep a wound clean" by licking it is a myth and one of the quickest ways to a hot mess that will require antibiotics. Animals aren't so very different from humans in that if a wound is bothering them they will bother the wound until it just keeps getting worse and worse. When it comes to skin wounds, there's no such thing as "good bacteria." Even the normal bacteria that is present on healthy skin causes infection in wounds. And with a cat that is licking at a wound we're not talking about bacteria that is "native" to the area to begin with.

    If there's no sign of infection, I would avoid using a topical antibiotic (like neosporin or something similar). It may prevent air from getting to the skin and could actually slow healing. Also, the cat is likely to lick it off and ingest it. And while topical antibiotic ointments are generally not harmful to cats, they don't do any good on the inside of a cat's stomach. I would get an e-collar (you can get one at your vet or most pet stores also sell them) and use it until the wound has healed. Not much you can do about the scratching, other than trimming his nails. With dogs, putting a sock or bootie on the foot that they use to scratch the area can help, but it's pretty much impossible to keep these devices on a cat.
  4. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's true, their is massive bacteria in cat mouths - I got bit by a cat once and the doctor told me I had to have antibiotics because a lot of people develop serious infections from cat bites
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I'd still go with this. If it's not healed up in a week or so try preventing the animal from reaching it. But it's how nature designed them to care for themselves, IMO.

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